Friday, February 5, 2010

Popcorn Time! Al Franken vs. David Axelrod over healthcare

Up for some Dem on Dem action? I knew that you were.  Yesterday, I told you there were some angry voices over healthcare after Obama’s dog and pony show with the Dems. Well, it turns out that the most irate Senator was none other than Stuart Smalley himself Al Franken. Apparently, Franken flipped out on David Axelrod because Obama won’t lead on healthcare reoform.

From Politico
Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats.
Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration’s failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact.
The sources said Franken was the most outspoken senator in the meeting, which followed President Barack Obama’s question-and-answer session with Senate Democrats at the Newseum on Wednesday. But they also said the Minnesotan wasn’t the only angry Democrat in the room.
“There was a lot of frustration in there,” said a Democratic senator who declined to be identified.
“People were hot,” another Democratic senator said.
Democratic senators are frustrated that the White House hasn’t done more to win over the public on health care reform and other aspects of its ambitious agenda — and angry that, in the wake of Scott Brown’s win in the Massachusetts Senate race, the White House hasn’t done more to chart a course for getting a health care bill to the president’s desk. 
I hate to be the one to say, I told you so, but when Franken was sworn in, I knew he would be trouble for the Dems. Reap what you sow guys, reap what you sow.

We should all be thankful they are fighting themselves that means there is less time for them to ruin the nation further. As for leadership, these Democrat senators are dense. They haven’t figured out that Obama has every intention of leaving them with holding the dead corpse of ObamaCare. That is why there is no leadership. He threw the entire process to Congress and let the chips fall where they may, once it got totally botched Obama simply “pivoted” on to destroying jobs and wrecking the economy.  Obama was never a leader, he was simply a senator who voted present, and right now he is voting present by moving on to something else.


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Opus #6 said...

Excellent story. I like hearing what goes on behind closed doors.

The Dems forced Franken into office via questionable balloting. They HAD to have their 60th vote. So now they must live with him.

Lisa said...

Ha, Clifton... your term "pivoted" immediately gave me an image of a tank rotating its turret to point its gun at another target. Obama is a figurative "tank" destroying freedom and prosperity wherever he aims.

Just a conservative girl said...

Not that this is going to happen often, but I agree with Franken's point. This was handled badly by the administration. This is supposed to be the big thing that is going to create his legacy, yet he put it other people. Like you said he isn't a leader.

It worked out for conservatives who are against this, but I can see the left being upset by how it was handled.

The Griper said...

my take on this. to use a worn out phrase of the left, they had no exit plan in regards to the health bill. they considered it a done deal before they ever started but it backfired on them. and when it did they were without a strategy of what to do.

Angie Lee said...

JACG: They know (but will never admit) that Barry tossed this in their laps to face the consequences with their constituents all on their own.

When it failed, THEY were responsible and Barry was squeaky clean. Had it succeeded, he would have been on TV every 3.5 minutes crowing about HIS healthcare reform and taking all the credit.

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