John Podesta, the president of the Center for American Progress who led Barack Obama’s presidential transition, acknowledges the White House has been unable to successfully drive the debate on health care reform.
“They lost the narrative,” Podesta told the Financial Times. “They lost the perspective of how all of the activity they were engaged in was knit together.”
Obama’s “not dealing with the party of Lincoln. He’s dealing with the party of Palin,” Podesta said, referring to Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
John Podesta rates rate the health of the American political system: “Sucks.” (with video)
Andy Barr (Politico) with video from the Financial Times (14:03):