Rep. John Conyers RIPS President Obama & Rahm Emanuel On HCR (UPDATED)

Good on you, Rep. Conyers! Good on you. Rahm's DLC mentality is the exact opposite of what was needed not just on health care reform ,but banking reform. Unfortunately, that's exactly what we got. A Take-any-bill-you-can-get attitude even if it means stabbing the base in the back in general (No single payer, medicare for all or real public option) and woman in particular (Stupak Amendment ), is precisely why the final health care bill will pretty much suck (compared to what it could have been if President Obama has shown real leadership and told Rahm to STFU).

Via Sam Stein:

"I'm getting tired of saving Obama's can in the White House," said Conyers. "I mean, he only won by five votes in the House, and this bill wasn't anything to write home about. The public option is only available, which is the only way you manage cost and get some competition to 1,300 other health insurance companies, the only way he could have got that through is that progressives held their nose and voted for it anyway."

Asked if the president had shown enough leadership in the health care debate, Conyers facetiously wondered why Press would ask the question.

"Of course not, of course not," he said. "You know, holding hands out and beer on Friday nights in the White House and bowing down to every nutty right-wing proposal about health care, and saying on occasion that public options aren't all that important is doing a disservice to the Barack Obama that I first met who was an ardent single-payer enthusiast himself."

The 22-term congressman was critical of the White House on fronts beyond just health care. He led off the interview by declaring that he was tied of "trying to stop the war in Afghanistan from surging." He also took several swipes at Emanuel, whom he called, with a slightly derogatory tone, his "buddy."

"That is essentially what Rahm Emanuel has said: Just give us anything and we will declare victory," said Conyers. "Not only is it not a victory, but when it doesn't work, guess who will come at him: the same guys that were saying let's go along with anything... This is all my buddy Rahm Emanuel trying to get anything. But look the bill doesn't go into effect for three years. Many of the people that we are trying to help will be dead by then."

Dems are going to pay for this for years to come. The 2006 & 2008 elections were really a generational realignment and because of Rahm Emanuel horrible, 1994 political mentality, there's almost no chance of it happening now. We'll be lucky if we hold the house in 2010.

And, if Rahm & Obama think the based is going to forget -- will somehow not pay attention to the actual details of the final bill -- they're even more detached with what got them into the White House in the first place, than I ever thought.


Here's the audio (via GottaLaff):
Via Taegan, a podcast from Bill Press's show:


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