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Barack Obama: The delusional Daunte Culpepper of presidents

I think it takes a Minnesota Vikings fan to explain what happened in Washington yesterday. Let me take you back to the 2005 season. The Vikings had traded superstar wide receiver Randy Moss prior to the season, partially with the thought that it was time to let the Vikings become quarterback Daunte Culpepper’s team.

The Man-Chylde.

They had used the first-round draft pick they received in the Moss trade to select another speedster receiver, Troy Williamson, and they handed the keys to the team to Culpepper so he could drive it to the Super Bowl.

Without Moss, not to mention much of an offensive line to provide pass protection, Culpepper fell quickly from the Pro Bowl performer of 2004 to a struggling shadow of his former self in 2005. To make matters worse (except for the Vikings in the win-loss column), Culpepper’s season ended in Week 9 with a serious knee injury that required backup Brad Johnson to play the rest of the season.

Johnson played much better than Culpepper, and the Vikings actually managed to finish the season with a winning record, but it wasn’t enough to save the job of head coach Mike Tice – the lovable big galoot who was replaced by the more no-nonsense Brad Childress.

So, on we go to the off-season. With a year left on his contract, a horrible season just behind him and serious questions about his health, Culpepper makes two very interesting choices. First, he refuses Childress’s request that he conduct his injury rehabilitation in Minnesota under the watchful eye of the new coaching staff. Culpepper says, “I’m good,” and proceeds to rehab near his home in Florida. But that was just the start.
When he does finally make his way to Minnesota, it’s for the purpose of sitting down with ownership and demanding a lucrative contract extension. He was already making something on the order of $10 million a year, so hey, what better time to ask for even more than when you’re hurt and you just had the worst season of your career?

As Culpepper sat at the conference table at the Vikings’ Winter Park headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, saying, “How ‘bout it?” team management looked at him as if he had lost his mind. Somehow the Vikings convinced the Miami Dolphins to take Culpepper off their hands, and he has never come anywhere near his one-time level of success in the years since.

Rarely has anyone seen a more egregious example of a man making demands when the capital that would have allowed him to do so was so completely lacking. Until yesterday. Until Barack Obama.

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Whereas Daunte Culpepper circa 2005 wasted a crucial year of his NFL career, Obama wasted the first year of his presidency trying to socialize America’s health care system at a time when much more crucial problems loomed, and when the public grew to increasingly hate the plan as they learned what it consisted of. His approval ratings sank, his party got obliterated in off-year elections and the prospects for the 2010 mid-terms grew more dire by the day.
Obama’s health care plan is a substantive disaster and a political nightmare. The public hates it. The Republicans are easily ripping it to shreds. Even Obama’s media apologists are having a hard time covering for him.
And yet Obama sat across the table from his Republican counterparts for seven hours in Washington yesterday, essentially paraphrasing the delusional Daunte Culpepper in saying, “How ‘bout it? You gonna get behind my plan?”
The Republicans, who clearly came to play and had their facts and arguments ready, demonstrated with ease how Obama’s plan doesn’t control costs, doesn’t reduce the deficit, doesn’t improve care . . . doesn’t do any of what he says it will do. Look, if you read this column, you know I don’t hold Capitol Hill Republicans in tremendously high regard. But yesterday they wiped the floor with the president.
So what does he do when it’s over? He stands up and announces, hey, the Republicans had their chance to get on board and support my awesome plan. If they won’t take the fabulous opportunity I’ve offered them, I’ll just have to go ahead and pass it without them.
Hey. Why not? Obama’s plan is great because Obama is great and Obama thinks it’s great. Just ask him. It’s no different from Daunte Culpepper demanding a lucrative contract extension after he had a crappy year and got hurt.
Fortunately, the Vikings recognized that granting his absurd request would mean investing huge dollars and probably getting horrible performance in return. So they told him what he could do with his chutzpah-inspired demand.
If Senate Democrats are serious about using reconciliation to bypass the filibuster, a couple dozen wavering House members will likely determine whether Congress gives Obama the similar answer he deserves – and treat ObamaCare like irreversibly wounded piece of crap it is.