Audacity of Fudge

Obama showed some audacity yesterday, claiming that most of the health reform bill process was televised.
Look... The truth of the matter is that, if you look at the health care process, just over the course of the year, overwhelmingly the majority of it actually was on C-SPAN because it was taking place in Congressional hearings in which you guys were participating. How many committees were there that that helped to shape this bill? Countless hearings took place.
The president made his remarks at an appearance in front of the GOP caucus - going head to head with members of the opposition party...
Obama joked Friday that there would be more such gatherings: "You know what they say, Keep your friends close, but visit the Republican caucus every few months."
...more evidence of how life has changed for Mr. Obama since the election of Scott Brown.
“I am not an ideologue,’’ Obama said at one point, drawing skeptical murmurs from the crowd that seemed to surprise him. “I’m not,’’ he insisted. But if he rejected the Republican labels for him, the Republicans rejected his for them. “I can look you in the eye and tell you we have not been obstructionists,’’ Representative Jason Chaffetz, a freshman from Utah, told him.
Scott, meanwhile, commenced a thank you tour around Massachusetts, continuing today, to meet directly with voters. There's an interesting moment in this video, at about the 5 minute mark, where Scott asks his handlers how much time he has to talk with supporters, and Scott ignores their admonitions of 25 or 30 minutes, saying "we have about an hour." He's enjoying this.
And, if you haven't seen it, here is Scott's Thursday night appearance with Jay Leno.
Of course, what's not to enjoy? Scott spent weeks on the campaign trail feeling that his chances of getting noticed in the race against Coakley were slim. Then, in about two weeks, he became one of the nation's most influential political figures.
Yesterday, we had Celtics managing partner and Bain Capital honcho Steve Pagliuca on for an interview from the economic forum in Davos, and he said that the conference was buzzing with interest over Scott Brown. He comments on the politics of the senate race here.