When history looks back asking why this was a one-term Presidency, look no further than Rahm Emanuel.
Via Greg Sargent:
The Politico’s Jonathan Martin reported this morning that Rahm Emanuel warned leaders of liberal groups in a private meeting this week that it was time to stop running ads attacking Blue Dog and “centrist” Dems on health care.
I’m told, however, that Emanuel went quite a bit further than this.
Sources at the meeting tell me that Emanuel really teed off on the Dem-versus-Dem attacks, calling them “f–king stupid.” This was a direct attack on some of the attendees in the room, who are running ads against Dems right now.
Tellingly, Rahm raised the specter of a loss on health care, sources at the meeting say — which suggests that the White House may be less certain about victory than officials allow publicly.
“He started out with, `We’re 13 and 0 going into health care,’” one source at the meeting said, meaning that Rahm was touting the White House’s string of pre-health care legislative victories.read more...
YOU killed real health reform. YOU sabotaged it from the very beginning (at a time when we had real momentum).
Whatever bill does eventually come to the President’s desk will be a piece of shit joke no matter how you try to spin it, and that’s on YOU.
YOU allowed things to be slowed down to such a point – as opposed to bypassing bad actors ON OUR SIDE who were standing in the way – allowing weeks of horrific verbal attacks, scare tactics & fear-mongering to take their toll.
And, now they've turned violent.
That’s on YOU.
YOU. Max Baucus. Ben Nelson. And, YOUR handpicked House Blue dogs who undermined real reform every step of the way.
YOU worked with them behind the scenes, watering down legislation, minimizing and demeaning Progressives all while you should have been marginalizing the obstructionists.
YOUR delays, and negotiations, and giving the baby away with the bathwater mentality has given the opposition time to tear everything down.
And smelling blood in the water, now they've turned violent.
That’s on YOU. Yes, the Limbaughs & Becks & Malkins in the nutter world are the inciters here – along with their Insurance backers – we all know that.
But, YOUR Clintonian half-measures let it get to this point.
So, go fuck YOURSELF, Rahm.
Fuck YOUR failed Clintonian mentality.
Historians will pinpoint YOU as the a prime reason for Obama's one-term in office.