Add Lee Stranahan to those progressives…

…who drank Obama’s Kool-Aid last year, only to realize that it was lethal:

…as the summer wore on, I started to get a bad feeling. My stomach started to churn a little when I heard in August that Rahm Emanuel – in a rant that Joe Pesci could have delivered – said that groups making ads attacking Blue Dogs like Baucus was “f*cking stupid.” That’s exactly what I’d been doing, after all.

Then I learned about the backroom deal that the Senate made with PhARMA with the approval of the White House. The door opened and the room was empty. Everything clicked.

The White House didn’t want real reform. They didn’t want a a good bill. They wanted a win.

Rahm had said in August, “We’re 13 and 0 going into health care.” Sports talk from Rahm. This was a game. It wasn’t about saving lives or even saving money. It was a game. Obama hadn’t said anything about a robust public option because stating a position would mean a possible loss. Better to not stand for anything at all. Obama hadn’t called out Baucus because he’d been working with him.

Click.

BANG. Get ready to pull the Trigger on an already weak public option.
BANG. A bailout to the insurance and drug lobbyists.
BANG. Selling out woman at midnight then cheering about it.

And there was nothing we could do. We had to sit still and take it. It was decided among the beltway insiders. It was real D.C. shit. They even shot Single Payer in the face so it couldn’t be discussed.

They got us, all right. They got all of us. But Obama and Emanuel forgot one thing that they may remember in 2010 and 2012.

The dead don’t vote.

(Via Curiousity Unbound)

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