Rick Klein:

Hamsher said she welcomes the new Democratic offensive against the insurance industry:

“I can tell you that members of the Blue Dog coalition . . . have said that if somebody had launched a campaign against the insurance industries in their districts from the start that they would not have been able to resist. But that didn’t happen,” she said. “So, you know, we created this situation where there is no villain, and the public doesn’t understand what’s going on.”

Trying to tell a story without a villain was a really stupid idea to begin with. Hard to believe the Democratic health care campaign has been running since last year and people just figured that out. The orders coming out of the White House to all the liberal groups were not to run ads against the insurance industry (they’re the new banks I guess), and also not to target Democrats. Ads were supposed to be focused on Republicans, because — and I shit you not — this was supposed to make Democrats feel better about voting for a public plan.

Nobody anticipated that the Blue Dogs might be a problem. Nobody ran a proactive campaign in their districts. Since Rahm is very much in support of what the Blue Dogs are lobbying for and would like to have triggers himself, the word went down, that was that. The Blue Dogs have just completed a wholly successful First Round of dismantling a public plan in the House. Round 2 will come when the bill hits the floor, and Round 3 will come in conference. There is no plan to stop them.

Co-ops! Who could’ve predicted?

Rick Klein:

Hamsher said she welcomes the new Democratic offensive against the insurance industry: 

“I can tell you that members of the Blue Dog coalition . . . have said that if somebody had launched a campaign against the insurance industries in their districts from the start that they would not have been able to resist. But that didn’t happen,” she said. “So, you know, we created this situation where there is no villain, and the public doesn’t understand what’s going on.”

Trying to tell a story without a villain was a really stupid idea to begin with.  Hard to believe the Democratic health care campaign has been running since last year and people just figured that out.   The orders coming out of the White House to all the liberal groups were not to run ads against the insurance industry (they’re the new banks I guess), and also not to target Democrats.  Ads were supposed to be focused on Republicans, because — and I shit you not — this was supposed to make Democrats feel better about voting for a public plan.

Nobody anticipated that the Blue Dogs might be a problem.  Nobody ran a proactive campaign in their districts.  Since Rahm is very much in support of what the Blue Dogs are lobbying for and would like to have triggers himself, the word went down, that was that.  The Blue Dogs have just completed a wholly successful First Round of dismantling a public plan in the House.  Round 2 will come when the bill hits the floor, and Round 3 will come in conference.  There is no plan to stop them.

Co-ops!   Who could’ve predicted?

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. 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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