Barry throws a hissy fit
A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator's comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth.
Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama's bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.
"Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency.' " ...
Wait, wait. I thought he said this "wasn't about me" and now apparently it is. Sucks to be a narcissistic empty suit, huh?
Grassley did not name the member but said he was not from the senator's home state of Iowa. He brought up the anecdote in response to a question about whether the president's rebuke of the Waterloo remark Monday was affecting Finance Committee negotiations on a bipartisan overhaul bill. Grassley said the imbroglio was not taking a toll on the bipartisan effort.
President Obama and the Democratic National Committee pushed back hard this week against South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's remark Friday that the healthcare overhaul could be Obama's Waterloo. Obama went directly after the comment in a speech Monday and Democratic leaders and organizations have fired off countless e-mails to call out Republicans for attempting to bring down the effort rather than offer constructive alternatives.
Most of the Blue Dog Coalition opposes the House overhaul bill and have managed to delay the Energy and Commerce Committee markup. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., the Blue Dogs' Health Care Task Force chairman, said Tuesday he is not the member Grassley was referring to.
Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., defended Obama even though he is also opposed to House Democrats' bill. "I can't see him saying that," Stupak said. "He's got too much self-confidence."
House Republicans Tuesday made hay of the issue, with Ways and Means minority staff sending out an e-mail asking, "Who's really blocking health care reform?"
"Do not be fooled by the president's repeated attempts to create a Republican straw man for his health care troubles," the e-mail reads. The GOP pointed to ads the Democratic National Committee is running to pressure Democratic lawmakers.
Jim DeMint is correct. If this dies, this ends his charismatic presidency. He'll be wounded in ways we could have only imagined. I mean, let's face facts here. No one thought we could hurt his presidency so early in his term. He was seen as untouchable and invincible. Well, this is what happens when the minions buy the hype of the media, and so does their president.
We are winning on this issue, so keep up the pressure. 202-224-3121. That's the congressional switchboard. Get on the phones. For those who listen to Hugh Hewitt, you heard me yesterday lay it out in simple terms. Just because we're hearing the news that support is waning on this bill isn't a reason to let up. Deluge the phones, overflow their e-mail boxes, and run the fax machines out of paper. Take this fight to Congress the same way we fought immigration reform. We can win the day, but we have to do it now.
During the blogger conference call that Barry had a couple days ago he was asked if the reconciliation option was still o the table. Reconciliation is defined as "a legislative process of the United States Senate intended to allow a contentious budget bill to be considered without being subject to filibuster." Clinton tried to use reconciliation to pass his health care overhaul, but it was Senator Robert Byrd who pointed out that the use of reconciliation for the bill was out of bounds as reconciliation is usually used for budget bills. And need we remind readers that Byrd is being a serious thorn in Reid's side right now over the president's czars and cap and trade?
It's distinctly possible that this could very well be Barry's Waterloo moment. He's blown his political capital in passing the deficit-busting bills that have flushed the economy down the toilet. There is no recovery on the horizon no matter what the president and his compatriots say. Jobs aren't turning around. Businesses aren't hiring. The stock market has stabilized, but it's still on shaky ground. The economy is what the Democrats bet on to lead them to larger margins in the House and Senate next year. That's not going to happen, and if they go along with the president on this jam-down of health care reform, they will write themselves into minority status just like they did in the '94 midterms.