Maxine vs Max, Rahm And The House Blue Dogs
Maxine works for us; Max works for Big Business
Yesterday we mentioned how duplicitous DLC warlord Max Baucus (MT) had worked out a plan with his GOP brother-in-arms, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to cut the public option out of the health care reform bill. The Medical-Industrial Complex and Insurance CEOs who invested so heavily in Baucus must feel those millions of dollars were a great investment. The House of Lords is a tragic, purposely anti-democratic anachronism that should never have been created to begin with and should have been abolished long ago. I expect little in the way of push back from the more progressive HELP Committee against Baucus' and Grassley's all out battle to deprive Americans of health care. The bought-off corrupt corporate Democrats like Baucus, Lincoln, Bayh, Pryor, Nelson (plus, of course, Lieberman) have thrown in their lot with an utterly deranged and even more corrupt Republican Party seeking not just to destroy health care but to destroy Barack Obama's presidency.
The only hope-- a slim one-- is in the People's House and this morning California Representative Maxine Waters was interviewed by the excellent Carlos Watson on MSNBC about where we go from here. It's worth listening to Maxine's entire case; she makes a lot of sense. And she goes beyond the health care problem to the conservative vs progressive underlying dilemma and how the most corrupt and sleazy member of the Democratic hierarchy, Rahm Emanuel-- the scumbag who screwed Americans on NAFTA-- has now all but managed to screw Americans on health care. All that money Wall Street gave him sure paid off big time-- and way bigger than if they had asked him to be a Republican. Democratic chickens are coming home to roost now thanks to Emanuel's deal with fake Democrats like Heath Shuler, Brad Ellsworth, John Barrow, Gabby Giffords, Chris Carney, Harry Mitchell, Jason Altmire, Travis Childers, and Joe Donnelly, corrupt Blue Dogs who have conspired with the Republican Party against Obama and against American working families. Defeating Blue Dogs should be a top priority for real Democrats in 2010.
Who's Jeff Merkley talking about here, just Republicans? Or when he (and others) talk about the torpedoing of health care reform in order to torpedo the presidency of Barack Obama, does he have any of the corrupt, reactionary Democrats like Baucus, Bayh, Lincoln, Nelson, and the Blue Dogs in mind too? I wonder. Good speech (1:41) in any case: