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Hit the brakes on ObamaCare, says… um… Obama?

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President Obama warned Democrats in Congress today not to “jam” a health care reform bill through now that they’ve lost their commanding majority in the Senate, and said they must wait for newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to be sworn into office.

Wasn’t the White House saying just 24 hours ago that they were going to push this through whether Brown won or not? Didn’t Obama promise a “combative response”?

“This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt,” a senior administration official said. “It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.”

That’s so yesterday!

(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who says, “Expiration date of that Obama promise: 48 hours.”)

P.S. Jon Ward: “The White House is trying to stay chipper after Tuesday’s debacle in Massachusetts.”

P.P.S. You’ll never guess who’s trying to ride Scott Brown’s coat-tails. Actually, if you’ve been paying attention for the last couple of years, you might just get this one right.

P.P.P.S. Aleksandra Kulczuga: “White House spins Republican Brown’s victory into boost for Obama.”

Jim Treacher