One of my all time heroes in the news media is Helen Thomas. Whenever there’s a really important question that needs to be asked at a daily White House press briefing that no one else has the guts, or is willing to ask, you can always count on Helen. She will ask the tough question and never fails to disappoint.
One such occasion was last Thursday afternoon when she asked Robert Gibbs the question that I would venture to say everybody in the country wants the answer to. She asked him: “Has the President given up on the public option?” Gibbs laughed due to the fact that Thomas has asked the same question repeatedly, to which she said “I ask it day after day because it has great meaning in this country, and you never answer it.” (You can read the entire exchange here.) They kept up with a back and forth, and eventually Thomas said to Gibbs “You’re not going to get it.” When Gibbs asked why she continued to ask him, she said “Because I want your conscience to bother you.
Is his conscience bothering him yet?
It sounds to me like she’ll have to keep asking.