No We Can’t: Obama sabotages Harry Reid’s PO efforts

President Obama and his staff (Rahm Emanuel) are actively undermining Senator Harry Reid’s efforts to get a Public Option through the Senate, with the opt-out provision, and instead favor the Insurance Company blessed “triggercharade that has been championed by Republican Senator Olympia Snow.

A sitting U. S. President has enormous power to influence wavering Senators on close bills, and keep unity within the Party on important goals. But Obama is not only sitting by passively and refusing to get behind Harry Reid’s effort, he is actually now scoffing at it, and projecting that Reid’s effort can’t work (i.e. sabotaging the momentum) while refusing to lend any proactive help to make it succeed.

NBC News reported that Obama administration officials called Reid’s decision to go ahead with an opt-out public option “dangerous.”

The administration basically told Reid, “You’re the vote counter. But don’t come crying to us when you need that last vote,” Chuck Todd said on MSNBC.

Obama privately discouraged Senate Democrats from pursuing the opt-out plan. “Everybody knows we’re close enough that these guys could be rolled. They just don’t want to do it” a senior Democratic source told the Huffington Post, saying that Obama is worried about the political fate of Blue Dogs and conservative Senate Democrats. “These last couple folks, they could get them if Obama leaned on them.”


But Obama isn’t leaning on them.

No We Can’t!!“, says Obama.

He is wants the Insurance Monopoly supported “trigger” charade (which isn’t a public option for anybody at all).

This is the equivalent of Bush coming out and saying tax cuts for the rich are dangerous, and “don’t come to me for help if you need that last vote”.  

If the Senate passes the public option, it will now be in spite of President Obama, and not because of him.


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  1. We need somebody that fights

  2. The headline I am expecting to see on Dec 15, 2009.

  3. that there ever was such a thing as the public option?

    How many times can someone sell you crap and call it gold before you take a sniff and sticky squeeze of what you’re holding in your hand ?

    • Arctor on October 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Joe (I feel compelled to filibuster!) Lieberman? And btw: this commenter caught a bit of Orange Outrage today for criticizing “fearless leader” as the NY Times editorial board did over his failure to address torture issues! It seems over there that it is Glen-Beckish to have anything bad to say about the “Man Who Is Bringing Us Healthcare!” when he returns from the mountain with the tablets!

    • dkmich on October 28, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Yes “we” can – never meant you and me.  He was talking about him and Rahm.   One crook after another, the only difference is that some are nuts and some speak English.  

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