White House orders capitulation to Lieberman
by desmoinesdem, Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 06:04:00 PM EST
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to give in to all of Joe Lieberman's demands.
There is no point in pretending that President Obama wanted any comprehensive bill to pass. There was zero pressure on Lieberman to cave, no talk of using the budget reconciliation process--only pressure on Reid to give Lieberman everything.
Organizing for America will get a rude awakening when they try to round up canvassers and phone bankers.Update [2009-12-14 23:9:1 by desmoinesdem]: Changed title because the capitulating on this bill probably isn't over yet.
Update [2009-12-14 23:17:40 by desmoinesdem]: The new spin is that this bill will still save lives despite its flaws. If this were about saving lives, Congress could adopt a few simple reforms without creating this elaborate structure to transmit taxpayer dollars to profitable corporations.