OFA Director Attacks “Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere,” says “Paul Krugman is a Political Rookie”

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 11:52 am

Paul Krugman is a Nobel prize winning New York Times columnist who consistently sits at the top of every poll of “most influential liberals.”

What exactly does OFA think they stand to gain by ridiculing Krugman as a “political rookie,” a hysterical “fanatic” and an “idealogue”? Do they think they hold so much sway with liberals that they can discredit Krugman and thus neutralize his criticism?

That smacks more of narcissism and megalomania than any sound political “strategy.”

Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

By: Sunday July 31, 2011 1:20 pm

Yesterday Grijalva was perfectly willing to hand over his Congressional authority to a new Catfood II Super Congress to slash Social Security and Medicare when he vote for the all-cuts Reid bill:

Harry Reid Offers Debt Ceiling Bill That Resembles Mitch McConnell’s

When it comes back as the McConnell-Obama bill with the GOP’s blessing they won’t need his vote any more, however, so now he can shake his fist in defiance.

I rest my case.

Progressive Caucus, This Could Have Been You

By: Monday March 15, 2010 12:41 pm

Greg Sargent is reporting that President Obama is now bringing in undecided members one-by-one to ask them what they would need to see in the health care reform bill in exchange for their support: According to a source familiar with the meeting, the President asked Murphy what he needed in the bill in order to [...]

Lynn Woolsey: Closing Barn Doors Since 1993

By: Monday March 8, 2010 6:32 am

Lynn Woolsey writes today in Roll Call: “The day after the health care legislation is passed, I will introduce a bill calling for the public option.”

Anyone who would write those words should not be the head of the Progressive Caucus.

Lynn Woolsey Should Resign As Head of the Progressive Caucus

By: Friday March 5, 2010 9:32 am

Woolsey has become a major impediment to effective action on the issues she cares about the most. The failure of progressives in the House to achieve meaningful concessions on single payer, or the public option, or prescription drug price negotiation, or any other progressive principle is largely due to her ineffectiveness. She should step down as the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.

Political Problems Multiply As Obama Embraces Republican Health Care Ideas

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 4:08 pm

For reasons I can’t quite fathom, President Obama has spent a huge amount of time and effort during the health care debate trying to integrate Republican ideas into the health care reform bill while constantly ignoring members of his own party. While this would make sense if Obama knew he would get Republican votes by [...]

Progressive Caucus Whip Diane Watson Will “Hold Her Nose” and Vote for Senate Bill

By: Saturday January 23, 2010 1:09 pm

Progressive Caucus whip Diane Watson’s office tells her constituents that she’s “willing to hold her nose and vote for a bill that had an individual mandate but no public option,” according to a FDL activist call report.

Emergency Petition: Tell House Progressives to Vote Against Senate Bill

By: Friday January 22, 2010 1:32 pm

Here’s the email we just sent to FDL activists with an emergency petition to House progressives. We’ll deliver it to Rep. Raul Grijalva, the leader of House Progressives, early next week. Click here to sign the petition.

Why the Democrats Can’t Pass A Bill Without a Public Option, By the Numbers

By: Wednesday November 11, 2009 12:21 pm

Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are running around saying that they’ll kill any bill that has a public option. Quite predictably. And everyone in the media (and on the Hill) are kowtowing to them, saying that this means that it will have to go. Their calculus is that progressives in the House will want health care passed so badly that they’ll eventually cave and vote for a bill that doesn’t have one.

Now, maybe this is true. But as someone who counts votes like other people count sheep, I’m not getting it. Someone is going to have to explain the math.