(8:00PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
I do remember the Obama who implicitly promised to “turn the page” and fight for Main Street. Well…
In a blunt remark to the Wall Street Journal, the White House Chief of Staff tipped his hand on how he planned to get 60 votes in the Senate: bring left-wing Democrats on board early to generate enthusiasm, then turn on them in the end game to woo conservatives.
Turn off MSNBC. Tune out Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann. The White House has its liberal wing in handon health care, says White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
“There are no liberals left to get” in the Senate, Emanuel said in an interview, shrugging off some noise from the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) that a few liberals might bolt over the compromises made with conservative Democrats. –snip
“I don’t think the White House recognizes how much trouble they’re in,” said one former Democratic official this morning. “I think they’re miscalaculating what’s happening with progressives and the left. They feel like they’re being taken for granted.”
But Emanuel pointed to a New York Times columnby economist Paul Krugman and another coming from National Journal writer Ronald Brownstein pressing for passage of the Senate health bill. “What you’re seeing is the progressive backlash against the progressive backlash,” he said.
The emphasis in the above paragraph is mine because I don’t believe a word of it. The progressives have been silenced through threats and intimidation, and I don’t know why Krugman would be an exception. What Krugman got, I don’t know; but at least Bernie Sanders got a pound of flesh in return for his silence.
Are you feeling a little like the evangelical right that has been “gotten and gutted” by the Republican party for the last 30 years? Do you think Republican 911 and terror, terror fear tactics have their Democratic equivalent in “Supreme Court” and “at least it ain’t (insert name here)”. Rahm’s dirty “get and gut em” paw prints spare no one and go back to the Clinton years.
1993: Rahm is the architect of NAFTA
1994: Unions stay home after NAFTA. Democratic turnout poor, Democrats give up 54 seats in House
2005: Rahm as head of DCCC recruits pro-war Dems, threatens to cut funds for any Dem who runs opposing the war
2006: Ned Lamont beats Joe Lieberman by opposing the war, opens the floodgates for candidates to buck Rahm & fuel Democratic takeover of House. Rahm’s pro-war candidates lose.
2007: Rahm blames failure of his pet pro-war candidates on immigration. Makes Freshmen co-sponsor anti-immigrant SAVE act
2007: SAVE Act triggers Hispanic Caucus revolt on the floor of the House