This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," March 6, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
PAUL GIGOT, FOX HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," President Obama gives Democrats the green light to ram health care through Congress. But can they overcome Nancy Pelosi's growing problems in the House?
And a Second Amendment showdown. The Supreme Court hears a case that could overturn gun bans in cities and states across the country.
And a Rhode Island school board fires the entire faculty at a failing high school. But in troubled districts across the country, tenure is keeping bad teachers in the classroom. We'll take a closer look at a broken system.
Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.
President Obama signaled full speed ahead on his health care overhaul, telling Democrats that the time for talking is over.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Every idea has been put on the table. Every argument has been made. Everything there is to say about health care has been said — (LAUGHTER) — and just about everybody has said it. (LAUGHTER). So now is the time to make a decision.
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GIGOT: But with Nancy Pelosi's House in disarray, does the party have the votes to ram it through?
Joining the panel this week, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor, Dan Henninger; senior editorial page writer, Joe Rago; and opinionjournal.com columnist, John Fund.
Well, Dan, in my experience, presidents don't make this kind of commitment this late in the game unless they have the votes. Does he have the votes? Why is Obama so optimistic?
DAN HENNINGER, COLUMNIST & DEPUTY EDITOR: Paul, I asked myself that all the time these days. Why is this man so optimistic? And I think it's reflected in the clip we just showed. There has never been a president possessed with as much self-confidence as this president, who believes, if he says, it will happen.
And it won't always happen. Exhibit A —
GIGOT: — light, there will be.
HENNINGER: The cap-and-trade bill. Look, that bill was going to hammer states that produce and use coal, and Democrats ended up voting against it. It's now dead in the water. A lot of people knew this even before he introduced that bill. And I think this is heading towards the same high water, Paul.
GIGOT: And cap-and-trade did pass in the House at the last minute. It's now stalled in the Senate.