Today’s False Equivalency From Lanny The “Lefty”

August 17, 2009

Davissm_vettingxAs a follow up of sorts to this post, it turns out that Hillary Clinton apologist Lanny Davis (going back to the presidential election when HRC ran against Obama in the Dem primary, I mean), is baaack, this time criticizing individuals such as your humble narrator for, as noted here…

…threatening businesses with one or more executives who offer personal ideas for achieving national health care reform different from the Administration’s or Democratic congressional leaders’ versions (full disclosure: I support all of President Obama’s core principles for national health care legislation, though I still have many unanswered questions); hateful emails, phone calls, blogs, and personal attacks, distorting alternative ideas different from the Administration’s approach and attacking the motives of those airing them; and intolerance for anyone who disagrees, including personal invective and demonization of those with different views.

Basically, Davis was answered already from TPM’s Brian Beutler here on the whole business about how we on the left supposedly mirror those on the right (h/t Atrios); Beutler also pointed out that Davis assisted John Mackey of Whole Foods on his recent Murdoch Street Journal column (I should emphasize that the column – more precisely, the fallout from we filthy, unkempt blogger types – and the fact that it originated from Mackey and Whole Foods, is the source of Davis’ harrumphing).

And after reading Davis’ full-throated defense of Mackey and Whole Foods (and assault against those baaad liberal bloggers, even though Davis didn’t have the fortitude to back up his charges with specifics), I’m starting to wonder if Lanny came up with the following on Mackey’s behalf (noted in the prior post)…

The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.

But I suppose this is to be expected from the guy who helped propagate the “zombie lie” here that former PA Governor Bob Casey, Sr. wasn’t allowed to speak at the Dem National Convention in ’92 because he was pro-life (other pro-life Dems did speak, for the record); launched the petition for HRC to be Obama’s VP nominee (I can recall a whole bunch of “divided Dems” columns over that one) here; and who criticized Obama here for his relationship with a certain African American preacher on April 9th last year – after Obama gave his speech about it on March 18th – and said that, “I am a strong supporter of and a substantial fundraiser for Hillary Clinton for president (though in this column I speak only for myself)”…yep Lanny, you just happened to be “speak(ing) for yourself” ultimately on behalf of your candidate – give me a frackin’ break!

The only statement Davis makes in his entire post that I agree with is “silence is complicity.”

He’s right, but not in the way he intends or understands.

Update 8/17/09: Mr. Greenwald whomps on Davis here (h/t Atrios).

Another Corporate Media Goof On Health Care

August 17, 2009

The latest from Democracy for America…

Over the weekend Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration was open to considering co-ops in a healthcare reform bill. Immediately, insurance-funded media went on the attack. Some reporters called the public option dead — others “off the table”.

The media is wrong… again.

Let’s be clear: A Healthcare bill without a public option is D.O.A. in the House. Period.

To pass any bill in the House they need at least 218 votes but 64 House Democrats have stood up and said they will not vote for a bill without a public option. That means a bill without a public option would only have 193 votes.

It’s up to us to make sure these Democrats stand strong and never back down in the face of pressure from the insurance industry and insider Democrats. Will you join me in thanking Healthcare Heroes like Donna Edwards from Maryland CD-04 and Chellie Pingree of Maine CD-01 right now?


Should we be surprised that the media got it wrong?

How many times did they count Obama out when he ran for President? For years, Hillary Clinton was a fait accompli as the Democratic nominee, yet we all know how that turned out.

Democrats nationwide stood up and voted. When the chips were down, we didn’t change our message or back away from fighting to win. We re-doubled our efforts and we backed the winner all the way into the White House.

That’s what we’re going to do with our fight for a public healthcare option. We will not back down. We will stand up and get the job done. We will, more than ever, re-double our efforts to deliver the change America needs.


There are 64 House Democrats with the guts to lead the way. After you add your name, we’ll deliver these signatures to every single Democratic member of the House. We’ll make sure they know who the House Healthcare Leaders are. And we will support those who stand and deliver real reform.

For those who won’t, it will be a strong reminder: if you stand against the 76% of Americans who want a choice of a public health insurance option, you will stand alone for re-election.

This is a campaign and right now we are in the dog days of summer. But we’re in this for the long haul. When we’re through, we will remember who stood with the American people. We will remember who stood with the insurance industry.

Don’t despair because the media doesn’t get it. Take action and get the job done.

Thank you for everything you do.


Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

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Deja Vu All Over Again On Health Care

August 17, 2009

The tactics that Wendell Potter describes to Bill Moyers in the insurance industry’s discrediting of Michael Moore’s film Sicko sound just about like the tactics they’ve used to discredit health care reform in general and the public option in particular (by the way, despite what the AP is “reporting,” the Obama Administration still supports the public option, though I wish they’d do it with a little more gusto).

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