Tags: George Bush, healthcare debate, Matt Taibbi, Max Baucus, Rolling Stone
Looking for Taibbi’s article on the healthcare reform bill out this week and came across his latest blog post on Truth Slant:
“I’ll say this for George Bush: you’d never have caught him frantically negotiating against himself to take the meat out of a signature legislative initiative just because his approval ratings had a bad summer. Can you imagine Bush and Karl Rove allowing themselves to be paraded through Washington on a leash by some dimwit Republican Senator of a state with six people in it the way the Obama White House this summer is allowing Max Baucus (favorite son of the mighty state of Montana) to frog-march them to a one-term presidency?
To quote Method Man’s Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff character from The Wire, “This is some shameless shit right here.”
First of all, the fact that he quotes The Wire is amazing. Second, who would have predicted that 8 months into his term Obama would be making Bush look good? For all the vitriol directed at the former president for acting like a cowboy-bully in the White House, it’s ironic that the left is asking Obama : Why can’t you be more like Bush?
But, politically speaking, I wonder how productive it is for Democrats to rail against their party as weak or afraid of its own shadow. Is it really what’s best for the party? And could it do more harm than good? I hestitate to step into the echo chamber and agree with the cricitism of democratic weakness because it usually perpetuates a talking point whose origin can usually be traced back to the RNC. Democrats will never be billed as the strong, united party when its accused as being weak at the faintest sign of a flinch. But, the Dems do need a kick in the butt. They are dropping the ball on healthcare reform by letting the Republicans control the debate. Remember this death panel rumor was one they should have been prepared for. For the sake of the party and healthcare reform, dems need to be told grow a backbone — without being call spineless.