There's been quite the flareup over the disastrous Shineski comments on potential changes in veteran policy, and the Democrats in Congress have wasted no time in distancing themselves from the administration on this one. As just one example, we have Senator James Webb*. When contacted regarding the recent CNN article indicating the possibility of a "controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance," Webb's office provided this response from the Senator: “Treatment for service-connected injuries is clearly within the responsibility of the U.S. government through the Department of Veterans Affairs—period.” This statement to RedState is a duplicate of the statement also made to the Huffington Post; the story there also mentions a letter being put together by House Democrats opposing any such change. Very, very, loudly, and to anyone who will listen.
It's become increasingly obvious that the administration's tin ear when it comes to dealing with groups not inclined to be forgiving about it remains in full force. They haven't gotten any faster at correcting their mistakes, either: Obama's profoundly unsuccessful meeting with American Legion President David Rehbein should have been resolved yesterday, not tomorrow. Assuming that it will be: it's possible that Obama will try an I-won and a flash of the charisma that he does not, in point of fact, actually have.
No, really. Bill Clinton would have had Rehbein walking out of there all smiles in the first place. For that matter, so would have George W Bush; but then, Bush had the advantage of being a Republican.
*I've also contacted Senator Patty Murray's office, but they haven't gotten back to me yet.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.