From MSNBC's Morning Meeting, Dylan Ratigan loses his temper with Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she starts spinning about what a good bill HCR is going to be but doesn't answer his question about why Wall Street is so happy and all the health insurance stocks are going up. Ratigan tweeted that he will apologize for losing his temper but not for "challenging lies and misinformation".
Here's the terrible thing about the administration and Reid allowing this health care bill to be watered down so badly by the ConservaDems in the pocket of the insurance companies. Now you've got someone like Debbie Wasserman Schultz who you know probably doesn't like what's going on any more than most of us do being forced to try to defend this crap sandwich to the likes of Ratigan, and not being able to. She really did not look like she was prepared for this interview at all. I think Ratigan was extremely rude, but I don't disagree with his points.
Wendell Potter followed up on the phone and gave him some plain spoken answers about why the stock market is so happy. Then he let hack KT McFarland follow up and act like Republicans aren't as happy about this as the insurance industry. They get to sit back and play populists and let the Democrats own this mess.
Eli over at FDL has more on this--What’s The Matter With Democrats?:
Not only have Obama and the Senate Democrats adopted pro-corporate policies that will hasten their own political demise, but they have allowed the Republicans to keep their hands clean and pretend to oppose legislation that they would have happily championed a few years ago.
Unless Obama and the Democrats pull their heads far enough out of their corporate donors’ asses to hear the transpartisan outrage brewing outside the Beltway, the 2010 and 2012 elections will be very very bad for them. They will reap all of the pent-up rage and resentment that was aimed at the Republicans in 2006 and 2008, and we know how that turned out.
Given Rahm's statement to Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, the administration is looking pretty tone deaf these days--Rahm Emanuel: Don’t Worry About the Left. Not helpful Rahmbo. We've got Axelrod trying to calm down left wing bloggers one day and Rahm Emanuel telling us to stick it the next. Talk about mixed messages.