Saturday, December 19, 2009

A "Progressive Backlash Against The Progressive Backlash"??

So says that mini-master of the universe, Rahm Emanuel:

"Turn off MSNBC. Tune out Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann. The White House has its liberal wing in hand on health care, says White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

“There are no liberals left to get” in the Senate, Emanuel said in an interview, shrugging off some noise from the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) that a few liberals might bolt over the compromises made with conservative Democrats.

As the White House leans on conservative Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska for the 60th health care vote, Emanuel has made the case that this generation of liberal political figures will not make the mistake of their predecessors.

Emanuel pointed to a New York Times column by economist Paul Krugman and another coming from National Journal writer Ronald Brownstein pressing for passage of the Senate health bill. “What you’re seeing is the progressive backlash against the progressive backlash,” he said."

No.  What we are witnessing is the inevitable Democrat "circular firing squad."  To mix metaphors, Democrats always eat their own.  This splintering of Obama's base - a developing chasm, really - will have severe political implications in the days and months head.  We can only hope.

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