Peggy Noonan: Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare

It turns out the president misjudged the nation’s mood.

This is big, what’s happening. President Obama appears to have misstepped on a major initiative and defining issue. He has misjudged the nation’s mood, which itself is news: He rose from nothing to everything with the help of his fine-tuned antennae. Resistance to the Democratic health-care plans is in the air, showing up more now on YouTube than in the polls, but it will be in the polls soon enough. The president, in short, may be facing a real loss. This will be interesting in a number of ways and for a number of reasons, among them that we’ve never seen him publicly defeated before, because he hasn’t been. So we may be entering new territory, with new struggles shaped by new dynamics.

His news conference the other night was bad. He was filibustery and spinny and gave long and largely unfollowable answers that seemed aimed at limiting the number of questions asked and running out the clock. You don’t do that when you’re fully confident. Far more seriously, he didn’t seem to be telling the truth. We need to create a new national health-care program in order to cut down on government spending? Who would believe that? Would anybody?

via Peggy Noonan: Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare – WSJ.com.

The Oracle Speaks; William Blair Listens

Buffett gives Moody’s the punt, as suggested by David Einhorn

So Andrew Ross Sorkin asked, and Warren Buffett responded to, one of the better questions asked at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. And exactly 80 days later, The Oracle of Omaha changed his mind.

via Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up: The Oracle Speaks; William Blair Listens.