The White House obsession with criticizing the “professional left” comes from one harsh truth: that the left has been right on major issues from health care to the stimulus.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 16, 2010 11:05 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday July 21, 2010 9:28 am|
Barack Obama ran his campaign on progressive messaging, but he basically despises liberals and hired a White House staff full of people who share those sentiments. Rahm Emanuel’s “f*&king r%!rds” comment is symbolic of a multitude of anonymous slams against the left that are readily offered up by administration staffers to any member of the [...]
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday May 4, 2010 1:14 pm|
Rahm Emanuel is working the phones for the Fed to flip enough votes to stop an audit. Now it’s up to us to work the phones just as hard to help pass the amendment to audit the Fed.
Call the Senate at (202) 224-3121, and then click here to report what happened when you called.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday March 18, 2010 7:52 am|
Ben Smith writes that if the health care bill passes with “unified, if grumbly, support on the left, it would seem to vindicate the White House’s fundamental approach, which was to take the left for granted as much as possible and focus on courting marginal members of the Senate.”
He’s absolutely right. As I told Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal the other day (which he didn’t print), “f#%king r$%ards” worked.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday March 15, 2010 11:29 am|
Today, Dennis Kucinich appeared at a rally with President Obama in Cleveland, despite the fact that the White House sent MoveOn to picket and threaten him if he honors his pledge and votes against the health care bill with no public option. But that’s more than you can say for freshman Congressman John Boccieri, a [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday March 15, 2010 9:09 am|
I still don’t know if they can pass this monstrosity of a bill. But if progressives stand down and do nothing while corporate America runs roughshod our institutions and our representatives, no member of Congress will ever have the political courage to stand up against corporate power again.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday March 2, 2010 7:29 am|
HOLLYWOOD: Knows the difference between a hero and a villain. Not surprised when a movie fails because the audience finds it emotionally unsatisfying.
DC: Populated by political stenographers who can’t seem to tell the difference between a hero and a villain. Stunned when the general public can.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday February 22, 2010 8:00 am|
The President’s new health care bill does not include a public option, but it does increase the maximum penalty for failure to comply with the mandate to buy health insurance, which rises from 2% to 2.5% of annual income (PDF). But for months now, polling has shown that a mandate with no public option is [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday February 20, 2010 11:19 am|
The “60 vote” bar on the public option was always a sham. But now that it’s gone, nobody wants to be Joe Lieberman and play the role of spoiler so PhRMA can have their deal. Ezra Klein reports: I’ve spoken to a lot of offices about this now, and all of them are ambivalent privately, [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday February 9, 2010 7:10 am|
One sure sign that the Senate health care bill is dead as a doornail is the inevitable appearance of the anonymously-sourced finger-pointing articles. And in a novel twist, we have one blaming Rahm for the failure to pass health care reform that appear to be written by Rahm: