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Is Blue Dog Jim Cooper a Liar or a Tool?

url-2.thumbnail.jpgYesterday Jim Cooper (who brags that the Blue Dogs can "ally with the Republicans" and "swing any vote in the House of Representatives") told Politico that his efforts to derail the stimulus bill had support from the White House:

"Well, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks for what I’m doing," said Cooper, one of about 55 House Democrats to sign a letter criticizing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for suspending normal debate and committee rules on the $819 billion package.

He walks it back today:

Cooper, in a statement, didn’t directly admit he misspoke when he told a Nashville radio host he received "some quiet encouragement" to oppose his leadership — but now says no one in the White House encouraged him to vote "no," but did sympathize with his concerns.

Now, was Cooper lying his face off yesterday, or is he really working with someone inside the White House who is trying to derail Pelosi?

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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