I’m sure you’ve been rivetedly following the Senate healthcare three-ring circus like I have. (Al Franken is of course serving as Bozo the Clown.) Not much can be added here, but here are some interesting headlines that suggest maybe the left is starting a circular firing squad:
- Howard Kurtz: that splashing sound is liberals jumping off the healthcare ship
- Keith Olbermann [!!] says he will rather go to jail than comply with federal health insurance mandate
- And more generally, Glenn Greenwald [!!!] appears to be getting exasperated with Obama/Emperor B*tt Naked and his apologists. (original article here)
...It’s also worth noting how completely antithetical claims are advanced to defend and excuse Obama. We’ve long heard — from the most blindly loyal cheerleaders and from Emanuel himself — that progressives should place their trust in the Obama White House to get this done the right way, that he’s playing 11-dimensional chess when everyone else is playing checkers, that Obama is the Long Game Master who will always win. Then, when a bad bill is produced, the exact opposite claim is hauled out: it’s not his fault because he’s totally powerless, has nothing to do with this, and couldn’t possibly have altered the outcome. From his defenders, he’s instantaneously transformed from 11-dimensional chess Master to impotent, victimized bystander.
The supreme goal is to shield him from all blame. What gets said to accomplish that goal can — and does — radically change from day to day…