Ari Melber (The Nation), with video (05:33):
David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of Obama for America, has one of the lowest drama-to-power ratios in American politics. As the Senate wrangling over health care hits solipsistic theatrics, even by Lieberman standards, the President's confidante remains decidedly calm.He may be the only strategist in Washington who ignores that data. Maybe it's just not worth the drama. Howie P.S.: Bill Clinton (and Hillary?) agree with David Plouffe: "Bill Clinton Warns of 'Colossal Blunder' on HCR" (The Nation). From Howard Dean's Facebook page:
Improvements can still be made in the Senate, and I hope that Senate Democrats will work on this bill as it moves to conference.Booman offers some free advice to the White House:
The SEIU, Howard Dean, Keith Olbermann, Bernie Sanders and many bloggers are arguing that the health care bill should be defeated. Imagine that. Some of Obama's best allies are now fighting on the side of Tom Coburn to kill the president's number one priority.>
That's just what people on the left do. We splinter. The Republicans stick together no matter how disastrous their course. We fly apart and attack each other. You can't change a leopard's spots, but you can take account of its teeth. If the Obama administration wants to avoid a disastrous meltdown in the big-tent Democratic Party, they need to do a much better job figuring out how to give the left some victories. We've eaten too much shit, and now you have a big problem.