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Democrats In Full Scale Panic

A full scale panic such as what is happening in the Democratic Caucus right now has not been seen since the Supreme Court ruled on the 2000 presidential election. The level of intra party violence pits Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey against other Democrats in what is beginning to look like the mother of all political mud wrestling contests. Or maybe it's a pig wrestling contest because the objects of all of this effort are a few Blue Dog Democrats, a sub caucus itself fraught with strife and disagreement. Today the Blue Dog negotiators split four to three on the question of extending a final vote on ObamaCare until September.

The Energy and Commerce Committee will resume its markup of healthcare legislation Wednesday afternoon under a deal between Blue Dogs and House leaders, but there will be no floor vote on the legislation before August.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was in the negotiations speaking for President Obama.

"We cut the cost of the bill, delayed a floor vote and ensured that the public option will not be forced on anyone," said Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) who has led the negotiations for the Blue Dogs. "Members will have time to go home to talk to their constituents and actually read the bill."

....The deal split the seven Blue Dogs who had been threatening to block the bill. Waxman struck the deal with only four.

There are several things to take away from today's developments. First, and most important, is that there is a serious effort underway to manage expectations on the outcome of ObamaCare. That the president's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, was directly involved in negotiations that produced such a tepid result indicates that the Obama administration is very worried about the fallout from the failure of their signature policy initiative. Make no mistake; Emanuel is trying to stave off a monumental political collapse.

The expectations game being played by Democrats is a tacit admission of failure. It makes no sense for Democratic leaders to hold a vote after Labor Day because by then even a Republican Party in total disarray will have succeeded in exposing the legislation as flawed. The Democrats have forfeited the only potent political weapon they had: momentum. It was momentum that passed the Stimulus Bill and Cap & Trade. Hence the anger of the far Left at today's agreement. It robs them of the urgency they require to cram down bad legislation.

Update: More on the circular firing squad.


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Comments (42)

The current bill is dead. ... (Below threshold)

The current bill is dead. The question now is what parts of the zombie will rise from the grave in October and be passed and voted on before anyone can even read the new bill.

I expect another 3AM release and then vote on the floor the next morning.

And pay in November..... (Below threshold)

And pay in November..

Yeah, Sounds about right Jim.

The Honduran Supreme Court ... (Below threshold)

The Honduran Supreme Court has backed the removal of Zelaya.

Barack Obama supports the return of Zelaya. Obama cut off aid to Honduras.

Barack Obama wants to talk to the Taliban.

Someone tell me again- whose side is he on?

BTWCALL YOUR RE... (Below threshold)



Sorry about the caps, but I am angry.

"The Honduran Supreme Court... (Below threshold)

"The Honduran Supreme Court has backed the removal of Zelaya.

Barack Obama supports the return of Zelaya. Obama cut off aid to Honduras.

Barack Obama wants to talk to the Taliban.

Someone tell me again- whose side is he on?"

Dr John:

As somebody wiser said of Obama's foreighn policy, "if you are our enemy, we're sorry; if you are our friend, you're sorry."

In my opinion, if Obama had... (Below threshold)

In my opinion, if Obama had succeeded in ramming the present health care initiative through Congress he would have reaped a short term gain in his eyes for what would have been a long term loss once the public would have become aware of the provisions of the bill after passage. This event following TARP and the Cap and Trade would have been the third strike and you're out for the Democrats in Congress in 2010. The pressure of the Blue Dogs in reworking this legislation (possibly behind the scenes with moderate Republicans) will, I think, in the long run save Obama's ideologic butt. But his ego is so big he will never recognize it. Just my opinion.

If the proposed bill even g... (Below threshold)

If the proposed bill even goes to a vote, the Democrats can kiss their jobs goodbye - they'll all be voted out in the next election (just like the last time they screwed up health care reform). Should legitimate, meaningful, health care reform (like single-payer, for instance) fail to be enacted, the Democrats will be unelectable for the foreseeable future - and deservedly so.

Why bother voting for a Republican in a donkey suit?

No matter what, any democra... (Below threshold)

No matter what, any democrat that won by narrow margins is OUT in 2010. The stay at home conservatives who wouldn't vote for McCain will turn out to curb the marxist.

And no matter how much polishing they do to this travesty of a bill, they won't produce anything the public will tolerate. A polished turd is still a turd. Nevertheless they'll try. Keep calling and writing. The fight isn't over, even if the guy is on the ropes. Make sure he is KO'ed.

Uh, hate to tell you this b... (Below threshold)
John K:

Uh, hate to tell you this but Cap and Trade is as good as dead too.

Libs fail again!

"Emanuel is trying to stave... (Below threshold)

"Emanuel is trying to stave off a monumental political collapse."

Yep! Think Chicago politics. When Rahm shows up it means Barry's using his 'muscle'. No more nice talk. Guess that 'unlimited taxpayer checkbook' Barry gave to Nancy didn't work.

Must be all those people calling the House and screaming about the mounting debt. Barry appears to have forgotten: "Political survival trumps party loyalty". Yeah, you have the crowd that will almost always vote Waters or Pelosi back into office. Other parts of the country aren't so stupid.

Dr. John asks, "Who's side ... (Below threshold)

Dr. John asks, "Who's side is he on?"


Liberalism fails everywhere... (Below threshold)

Liberalism fails everywhere its tried libs... Sorry. If it made sense, I'd be doing it....

ha ha ha ha

LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF... (Below threshold)


We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one. Co-OP's ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION. They are a fraud being pushed by the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry that is KILLING YOU!


These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it's President Obama's fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

But you don't have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will help you feel better too.

There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

You have been AMAZING!!! my people. Don't loose heart. You knew it wasn't going to be easy saving the World. :-)

God Bless You

jacksmith -- Working Class

I REST MY CASE (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

* Richard Shelby of Alabama
* Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
* John McCain of Arizona
* Mel Martinez of Florida
* Johnny Isakson of Georgia
* Mike Crapo of Idaho
* Chuck Grassley of Iowa
* Sam Brownback of Kansas
* Jim Bunning of Kentucky
* David Vitter of Louisiana
* Kit Bond of Missouri
* Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
* Richard Burr of North Carolina
* George Voinovich of Ohio
* Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
* Jim DeMint of South Carolina
* John Thune of South Dakota
* Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
* Bob Bennett of Utah

re: 13 [how appropriate]</p... (Below threshold)

re: 13 [how appropriate]

Your numbers are jacked and you're up to you eyebrows in BS.

#13Next time, use ... (Below threshold)


Next time, use Your fingers...

It is not up to us to save the world without an end ... Just slow down and enjoy the beauty of creation.

You gotta dies from sumthin... (Below threshold)

You gotta dies from sumthin?? Might as well have been dem 120,001st disease We never got to? Dammitt! Shucks and all.

Next times..If we lives?? We treat it liberallys right on scene and then WE BE SAVED!!

Jesus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,loves u

#13 - being mass posted by ... (Below threshold)

#13 - being mass posted by obama's thugs seen it 3 other places today, same handle as well.

In case the health care ref... (Below threshold)

In case the health care reform provides the general public with peace of mind, the rising mental stress or illness caused by financial instability may bend the curve surprisingly,
in combination with kicking out the 'keep eating habit' to forget the deep-seated instability and apprehension, I guess.
'Work or Break' health system with no brake or safety system might be one of the biggest hidden causes of mental stress, obesity or overweight threatening the overall economy, I cautiously suppose.

"Republicans and their trai... (Below threshold)

"Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it's President Obama's fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us."

Jacksmith, I am guessing this means you belong to the UAW?

"And President Obama has... (Below threshold)

"And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us."

DaveD - I think he's a shill for a payday loan company.

Consider - Obama inherited a deficit of about $500 billion. It's now up to $2 trillion and climbing. What groups benefit MOST from a crappy, uncertain economy?

I'm thinking (though I'm not sure) that pawnshops and payday loan businesses would LOVE the current economic climate. And, of course, con men are worshipping Obama on a daily basis - they know sheer, absolute genius when they see it.

So far, the only thing Obam... (Below threshold)

So far, the only thing Obama has "brilliantly" accomplished is turning his poll numbers upside down.

Jacksmith, if you are quoti... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Jacksmith, if you are quoting Krugman. He is an idiot who acts like he knows something. I do not know what brand of economios he studies or teaches, however he does not speak or recognize truth. Proves you just cannot educate the stupid out of some folks. None of what makes America great is based in socialism. Jacksmith, you must ask yourself why people travel here to get medical care when the systems they live under fail them? Denying the truth will not make it so. If you want to live under a system of government that tells its citizens what to do, immigrate like your forbears did. People came to this country to be free of government not get more of it. Someone trys to tell me what I can eat or what I can or cannot do is liable to get an offer they cannot refuse. If you get my drift. I like the motto "Live free or die"

"And, of course, con men ar... (Below threshold)

"And, of course, con men are worshipping Obama on a daily basis - they know sheer, absolute genius when they see it."

That was funny!

WAKE UP FOLKS!!! Before dec... (Below threshold)

WAKE UP FOLKS!!! Before declaring victory, remove your heads from your a...s and understand that this is a typical leftist FOOT IN THE DOOR! Once any part of our healthcare liberty has been successfully trampled, the rest will fall in quick order. It is always the way with the left--confiscate an inch and everything which remains over a period of time. The so-called Blue Dogs were useful plants and conservatives fell for their manufactured tale of "treason".

The people who come up with... (Below threshold)

The people who come up with how bad we are in health care compared to the rest of the world I think are full of s**t.
1) My health care is fine and so is everyone I know. I DON'T WANT THE GOV'T CONTROLLING MY HEALTH.
2) If we lagged behind it is because America has become the dumping ground for so many lowlives that don't take care of themselves like the should. If you subtracted them out I bet we would be pretty much on top.
3) I see many poor people who have cell phones, tatoos, fancy haircuts, jewelery etc. I just saw a ton of them on my lunch break walk! If they can pay for those things that can buy others things to keep their health in check without sponging off the rest of us.

Hey Jacksmith.You ... (Below threshold)

Hey Jacksmith.

You left your brain droppings in my home territory a few days ago and never came back by to defend your positions.

Why is that?

Hmmmm...It's almost as if you have no answers....

Here are some breadcrumbs so you can find your way back:


HughS -"That was f... (Below threshold)

HughS -

"That was funny!"

It'll be even funnier when the con collapses.

BTW - I'm no birther, as you folks know - I think the whole thing's a pretty pointless exercise in semantics regarding 'citizen' vs 'natural born citizen' and the like... but the subject of Obama's birth certificate was brought up (and actually discussed relatively rationally) on a leftist board I occasionally check.

Their take was - "Why the hell hasn't he shown his birth certificate, to shut the wingnuts up? Why is he forcing the issue to the Supreme Court?"

Why, indeed?

One example at ReclusiveLeftist.com ...

Obama is a very smart manipulator, with a great gift for spin control. If he thought for one minute that whatever would be revealed by that document was harmless to his reputation, he would have produced it by now. That he continues to hide it, given the enormous controversy surrounding this mysterious document, indicates that whatever the big secret is, it's juicy as hell and extremely harmful to his reputation.

Of course I want to see it!
I think it's really sinking in that Obama ain't the prize they thought he was...

Rahm E. to Barry O, re Heal... (Below threshold)

Rahm E. to Barry O, re Health Care and Cap and Trade: "As God is my witness, I believed that these turkeys could fly!"

Its a full fledged panic th... (Below threshold)

Its a full fledged panic the demacratic lemming are running off the cliff and drowning in a sea of discord

If it isn't good enough for... (Below threshold)

If it isn't good enough for our "illustrious" leaders in Congress why would the American public want it. Either Congress goes on the same program or maybe we should vote in a new Congress? Try to remember who votes to be exempt from the program. Shouldn't we have the right to exempt ourselves from the program too. Another attempt by the Democrats to put insurance employees out of work also.

Zelsdorf Dragonslayer Manga... (Below threshold)

Zelsdorf Dragonslayer Mangawanker III, you make other creepy loners look stupid by association.

You: None of what makes America great is based in socialism.

What about the middle class? Isn't a huge part of what makes America great is that it has such a solid middle class? Well, that exists due to FDR taxing the shit out of rich people.

You should spend less time playing World of Warcraft and more time in a library.

any one who thinks he is do... (Below threshold)

any one who thinks he is doing a good job must
be on drugs like barry at least i had a job when bush was in.

Use this opportunity to imp... (Below threshold)

Use this opportunity to improve your grammatical skills, jimbo. Harder to do as an adult, granted, but what have you got right now if not time on your hands?

Jackshit said"Repu... (Below threshold)
retired millitary:

Jackshit said

"Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it's President Obama's fault for the delays, and foot dragging"

Here is a CLUE for you (and you dont even have to buy it).


So get a clue and go away.

JLawsonI don't think... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I don't think there is anything to the citizenship bruhaha either. Barry was probably born in Hawaii.

I think Obama is keeping this issue alive because many voters think the 'birthers' are off-base when they keep pursuing this issue. Obama can end this anytime he wants but he is cynically playing games with it for political points.

You won Barry. Your'e the President. Time to stop acting like a snotty kid playing games and man up by producing the full birth certificate. It's un-Presidential to play these games with the public.

And Billl, what do y... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

And Billl,
what do you mean turkeys can't fly?


jacksmithKa... (Below threshold)


Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is not running
for re-election. She's announced her intent
to resign her senate seat this coming October
or November.

Dear Jacksmith,Sin... (Below threshold)
fred ohr:

Dear Jacksmith,

Since when is it morally wrong for the private sector to do business in a democracy that constitutionally protects private property rights? Why must consumers contract with the government for their health care? How about those greedy food retailers? Or those really greedy dry cleaners or the most villainous of all, the gasoline pumpers! Nationalize them all I say and get other people to pay for my share of the government handouts! Yeah! Oh,wait, that's what they did in Cuba and behind the Iron Curtain for 50 years. How did that turn out?

Les, I assume that a) you'r... (Below threshold)

Les, I assume that a) you're a conservative who b) would like the Republicans to take back some seats in the 2010 mid-terms. If that's the case, then you might find these figures to be somewhat alarming:


The notion that Obama is not a legitimate POTUS is crazy, and yet mainstream in the South, the GOP's power base. Moderates will not side with crazy people against Democrats, I don't think.

I and most people pay littl... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I and most people pay little attention to the birthers. As far as I'm concerned, Barry was probably born in Hawaii, but it's not beyond the pale to ask for the full birth certificate of the guy who is President.

I'm more concerned with the idea that the President of the United States is playing childish political games with it. It's beneath his office to act like that.

And no, 'but all politicians play games like that' (while it may be true) does not cut it.

You won, Barry. Act like it.

He is a pretty cleve... (Below threshold)

He is a pretty clever politician when he wants to be, isn't he! :)

There's a time to be clever... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

There's a time to be clever, and a time to be a leader.
Now's the time for Barry to act Presidential.






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