Friday, October 23, 2009

Denial, Doom, Gloom & Back Stabbing: Just Another Friday With the Dems

Washington Post  has lots of unnamed Senior administration officials speaking off the record on the Governor's race in Virginia.  In short, they're tossing the losing Deeds under the White House bus.  Claiming to have laid out a clear path to victory for Deeds, the White House is distancing themselves from the loss in Virginia blaming Deeds for choosing an alternate, read "losing" path.  Nice try.

John J Miller  notes the number of "profiles in courage" in the Obama administration who contributed to the dumping of Dirty Deeds anonymously:
  • "Democrats at the national level"
  • "Senior administration officials"
  • "Democratic strategists"
  • "a national Democratic strategist"
  • "A senior administration official"
  • "A second administration official"
  • "national Democrats"
  • "administration officials"
Which brings me to Moe Lane  who points to the blue on blue sniping that normally occurs after an election is happening before.  He calls it the Doom Watch:

  David "Mudcat" Saunders, Democratic strategist is a *little annoyed*
"They're making the assumption Virginia is a blue state, and it's not," Saunders said of the administration. "It's not a red state either. The very best that can be said about Virginia is that it's light purple. For them to say if he had listened to us they would win, that's chickens**t. That's Monday morning quarterbacking."

He also questioned the White House's unsuccessful efforts to court former governor Democratic governor Doug Wilder, who publicly refused to endorse Deeds. "I don't think Doug Wilder means anything anymore," Saunders claimed.

"It's a goddamn shame when our center of government, the White House, won't talk on the record. I discount all of it," Saunders said of the Post article. "It's a lack of courage. And it goes against transparency that Obama told us last year was going to come out of the White House. Anybody who makes anonymous quotes out of the White House should be fired."
The lefty blogs are all in a tizzy over earlier reports the "robust public option" is really most sincerely dead.  They prefer to believe Valerie Jarrett over the anonymous folks who claim they don't have the votes and the President is going for the trigger presumably to get the vote of Olympia Snowe.  Here is Valerie Jarrett on Morning Joe:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hey, Valerie, we had Mike Allen from Politico on earlier this morning, he said Nancy Pelosi didn't have the votes for a public option and said that there was some suggestion that the President wants a health care reform bill that doesn't have a public option, but has a trigger in case the insurance companies don't start playing ball. Is that a fair description of the President's current position?

   VALERIE JARRETT: No, I think the President has always said that he's committed to the public option. Why? Because he thinks it will create competition and therefore bring down costs. He's always said he's open to new ideas, but at this late stage in the game, he still thinks it's the best option. So I don't know whether Mike Allen can actually count votes or not. A lot of people said President Obama didn't have the votes to win, but he did. So we'll see. He's committed to it, he's pushing for it, and he's absolutely committed to delivering on health care reform this year.

   SCARBOROUGH: So, by the White House's count, do you believe you have enough votes to pass a public option in the House and the Senate?

   JARRETT: You know, we'll see. I think it's too soon to tell. All I know is that we're going to keep pushing until the very last moment. But I think it's important to understand why. We want to bring down the costs. Joe, there's some states, such as Maine or Alabama, where you only have a couple of insurers, and in those states, you see that the prices are going up. And so what we want to do, on behalf of the American people and our taxpayers, is to bring down those costs so that it's more affordable. That's what we think the public option will do.

Jarrett isn't confirming Obama's support for the public option, she is letting them know they are keeping up the pretense they are all for it until they drop it at the last minute.  As I have said before, I don't think the public option is by any stretch the only thing we fear from the Democratic health care reform.  The public option would certainly be the hardest thing to undo if the Dems manage to pass this debacle but the handwriting has been on the wall for ages this thing is dead.  That the left continues to delude themselves that the President is secretly pulling all stops to get it in there is really a new level of denial.

Denial, doom and gloom all hang in the air as the Democrats proceed full steam ahead with the agenda that doesn't have support of the majority of Americans.  This is a train wreck, it's almost impossible to believe they are imploding this soon and at such break neck speeds.  

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