President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager says the conventional wisdom on Obama that he’s governing as an incrementalist rather than a visionary leader is “ridiculous” and won’t hold up if Congress passes health care and energy-saving legislation.” There’s nothing incremental about that,” says David Plouffe, one of the masterminds behind Obama’s improbable election. “This story line will go away.”
First of all, that headline is garbage. As USA Today points out, he’s not just a writer, he’s Obama’s former campaign manager. On the substance, Plouffe is simply wrong, and pegging the “story line” turnaround on health care is ludicrous. The weak ass framework that is on the table now is bad policy and bad politics and the most revolutionary part – the public option – will be available to less than 10% of Americans. WTF is “visionary” about that?
Unbelievable that something like this can even get printed. I challenge even the most hardcore Obama sycophants to put him even left of halfway on the visionary/incrementalist continuum. It doesn’t even pass the laugh test.
And speaking of laugh tests, Plouffe was on The Daily Show last night. Jon Stewart did a pretty good job with the questions, and Plouffe did his best to prove that he’s just as big a douche as his former boss. This is epic:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|