The Hillís Blog Briefing Room Waters blames Rahm for recalcitrant Dems on healthcare
Maxine Waters blames Rahm Emanuel for the failure of Obama's health care reform, says he recruited too many centrists when he was chair of DCCC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Yesterday, democratic congressman Gene Green of Houston put the onus on Speaker Pelosi, pointing to her strategical error in pushing cap and trade before bringing up health care reform.
Whereas Ms Waters may be happier with a lower parliament containing a stronger GOP delegation, it's hard to see how a redder house would advance the ambitions of Pelosi/Obama.
Congressman Green, on the other hand, and others who echoed his criticism are spot on. The first chink in the credibility of Pelosi/Obama was the widely perceived failure of the stimulus to stimulate.
Cap and trade was the last straw.
The Green story was all over cable news yesterday. Unfortunately, it is not in print. I can't find a link.
Minority leader Boehner, however, chimed in on the tactical error that was prioritizing cap and trade over health care. Boehner said, "There are some members on the Democrat side that got both arms broken during the cap-and-trade fight on the floor, now there're no more arms to break. That's why they're having problems."
The White House may only have one of its top officials to blame for its difficulty in passing healthcare, one liberal California Democrat asserted Tuesday.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blamed now-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's work as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), during which he worked to recruit many centrist candidates, resulting in landslide Democratic victories, for difficulties facing House leaders trying to pass reform legislation.
"That may be difficult for Rahm Emanuel, because remember, he recruited most of them," Waters said during an interview on MSNBC when asked if the White House could lean on centrist, Blue Dog Democrats to pass reform legislation.
"Now the chickens have come home to roost," she added.
Waters said that the Congressional Progressive Caucus wouldn't organize candidates to run against the recalcitrant Democrats on healthcare, she could understand why those lawmakers might face primary challenges.