Blue Dogs howling at healthcare
This time it’s the Blue Dogs turning their noses up at healthcare reform proposals.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee canceled its healthcare markup because the fiscally conservative Democrats growled about the steep pricetag.
President Barack Obama, top dog in this town, invited them to the White House to chew about it.
But first, he went to the Rose Garden and layed out his arguments before reporters and TV cameras, harkening back to his campaign pledge of change.
“We can choose action over inaction. We can choose progress over the politics of the moment,” Obama said.
What happened behind closed doors. Who rolled over? Who got the bone? Who tore up the room?
We hear that the tendency is for the Blue Dogs to air their grievances, then fragment with many following leadership.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said White House enforcer Rahm Emanuel called twice during lunch. “And I would like to say his language is getting better, but I think it’s getting worse.”
Which dog will have its day? We’re waiting to see……meow
Photo credit: Reuters/Miro Kuzmanovic (Artist Jeff Koons poses with sculpture “Balloon Dog (Blue)”)