Rahm Slammed Dems Attacking Other Dems As "F-king Stupid," Sources Say
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.
So pass a GOP-friendly bill with no GOP support and call it a victory? Well Rahm's right about one thing: He is Karl Rove.
Fuck him. The President works for the people. Not the other way around. Not even a public option? No pass. Let the fucking Republicans give us fucking Republican legislation.
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Actually, I'd make it simpler than that, as Kevin Drum did - why does health insurance exist? They are nothing more than middlemen who in theory smooth the payments for your health care over time so that you're not hit with a big bill when you need treatment. But that's not how it works in practice. So really what they have become is a middleman, taking a 30% profit off the top for the service of moving your money to your doctor.
In fact, with Obama's mandates to fork over your money to them, they will become exactly the same kind of state-sanctioned rentier capitalists that the American Revolution was fought in response to.
The British East India Company is having the last laugh, after all.