Funny how the ruling majority in Congress behaves when the light shines a little too brightly on their smoke-free backroom shenanigans. Despite their self-delusions of openness and transparency, the Democrats mean to get health care done behind closed doors with no interference (read “close inspection”) from the media or the American people. As the pressure mounts for them NOT to do that, the perpetrators are getting just a snidge too defensive:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, piqued with White House pressure to accept the Senate health reform bill, threw a rare rhetorical elbow Tuesday at President Barack Obama, questioning his commitment to his 2008 campaign promises.
A leadership aide said it was no accident.
Pelosi emerged from a meeting with her leadership team and committee chairs in the Capitol to face an aggressive throng of reporters who immediately hit her with C-SPAN’s request that she permit closed-door final talks on the bill to be televised.
A reporter reminded the San Francisco Democrat that in 2008, then-candidate Obama opined that all such negotiations be open to C-SPAN cameras.
“There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” quipped Pelosi, who has no intention of making the deliberations public.
Senior House Democratic leadership aides say Pelosi was pointedly referring to Obama’s ’08 pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class, which she interprets to include a tax on so-called Cadillac health care plans that offer lavish benefit packages to many union members.
The House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pelosi has been miffed with Obama’s tilt toward the Senate plan and his expectation that the House would simply go along with the Senate bill out of political necessity.
As the Democrat swamp starts to drain, and the lowest of the low re-election contenders become more clearly exposed, hooker’s remorse is starting to settle in. It is becoming increasingly clear that 2010 just may be even more historic than 2008. Color me popcorn-ready as even more Democrats abandon their party and their President in the name of political survival.