Column: Health care reform recipe in need of key ingredient

Much of what Barack Obama has been cooking seems to come out half-baked. As a political chef, he seems unwilling to make certain of the ingredients and refuses to stay home to watch the oven.

Maybe I’ve been watching too many of those ubiquitous short-order cooking shows on television, but you get my drift. The president’s problem is a lack of attentiveness to detail and a penchant for constant campaigning. He seems more comfortable in crowds than with those one-on-one confrontations necessary for good governance.

The “bully pulpit” can get a person only so far. Then it takes down-and-dirty, head-knocking, nose-to-nose face-offs and trades.

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