Monday, June 29, 2009

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide.


Senator Dianne Feinstein has already taken a hammering from Dems and health care reform advocates for casting doubts on the prospects of President Obama’s health care reform efforts. MoveOn, for instance, aired an ad against her in California, demanding she show some leadership and fight harder to get the president’s reform plan passed:

Now Feinstein has hit back at the criticism from the left in an article about lefty groups targeting Dems for waffling on key components of health care reform:
“I do not think this is helpful. It doesn’t move me one whit,” she said. “They are spending a lot of money on something that is not productive.”

(Editor's note: Your arrogance is stunning, Senator.)

That sharply dismissive tone won’t exactly smooth over tensions.
Feinstein’s claim that criticism from the left is “not productive” also raises an important question: What does the White House think of the lefty criticism? Do White House advisers agree with Feinstein, and want the liberal groups to muzzle themselves, or are they tacitly happy about it?
When liberal groups hit Dems during other policy fights earlier this year, the White House let it be known that it didn’t approve. In the case of health care, though, the White House hasn’t said word boo about the efforts by liberal groups to force Dems into line, suggesting the possibility that Obama advisers are perfectly content with it for the time being.

Feinstein may be running for governor of California next year. We already have a bad actor in Sacramento, and Feinstein lost my vote a long time ago by channeling California Republicans. She is a sell-out and her alleged "liberalism" is vastly overstated.
Feinstein has other credibility issues with Democrats and progressives in the Golden State. Matt Silver at had a great piece in late March about Feinstein's "F.U." to labor regarding the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). She currently claims that she is in favor of a compromise, which is her way of saying that she doesn't want to piss off potential business donors if she does run in 2010.

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