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Nobody says he's dumb, but everyone says he's an asshole.

"what most people call the backroom, he calls his base."

things have a way of getting done without him around

Posted by teasel 02/19/2011 at 07:43PM

I’m still puzzled by Rahm’s backroom deal to give retired Senator Blanche Meyers Lambert Lincoln (D-AR) $1.5 billion in emergency farm aid while the administration was telling black farmers there was no way to come up with the $1.15 billion for the Pigford v. USDA discrimination class action settlement. Despite bipartisan support, bills authorizing the funds had been stalled one way or another his entire tenure at the White House, but Rahm resigns and two months later a bill is on the President’s desk.

I guess we could say that about everything that happened during the lame duck session, though, and who would we be if we didn’t?

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"what most people call the backroom, he calls his base."

obama on rahmbo

Posted by teasel 02/15/2011 at 11:19AM

The Rahmbo campaign keeps releasing ads featuring kind words from President Obama at Rahm’s going away party. But his words aren’t always so kind when he’s reflecting on Rahm’s performance. You might remember that Obama put Rahm in charge of marshalling the administration’s health care plan through congress, something Rahm didn’t want to do and didn’t do terribly well. He made a hash of the President’s campaign promises on drug prices in backroom deals with the industry’s lobby, and repeatedly contradicted the President’s public position on the public option in the press and to lawmakers. Neither popular policy made it into the final bill. When President Obama discussed how his administration - which is to say Rahm - managed health care reform with Diane Sawyer, he told her that ”it’s an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.”

That’s a hell of an endorsement.

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