While some House GOP members may have thought it was a good idea to tape Obama answering their questions, they utterly failed by not allowing follow up questions. Basically what we have is Obama talking to the camera with GOP members off camera and Obama being allowed to say one falsehood after another. Without follow up questions, there was absolutely no way to call Obama on his bullshit. Thus Obama looks like he is batting GOP questions out of the park.
Take for example Obama said that the overwhelming majority of the healthcare debate was on C-SPAN. This is just a blatant lie, worse yet; Pelosi and Reid locked Republicans out of the process. Without a follow up questions, Obama’s lie is left to stand sounding like truth.
Obama is even allowed to get away with saying he is not an ideologue, despite never really perusing anything but leftwing ideas on healthcare, the economy, national security and terror. The entire 85 minutes worked in Obama’s favor, by allowing him to use falsehoods to make himself look reasonable and responsible. In other words, Obama was allowed to repeat his State of the Union performance.
Now that Republicans have that one crucial vote to filibuster Obama’s agenda, Obama has clearly decided to start beating Repubicans with the “America wants bipartisanship” stick. This will not doubt play with the less principled members of the party, thus giving the Democrats their 60th vote back and as is the case with the House, political cover.