I get a kick out of Taibbi's writing, but for the most part he's full of shit.
Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with Max Baucus, Bill Nelson, or anyone else. If the Obama administration wanted to pass a real health care bill, they would do what George Bush and Tom DeLay did in the first six-odd years of this decade whenever they wanted to pass some nightmare piece of legislation (ie the Prescription Drug Bill or CAFTA): they would take the recalcitrant legislators blocking their path into a back room at the Capitol, and beat them with rubber hoses until they changed their minds...
Sounds like a plan, right? If only Obama and Harry Reid would follow Bush and DeLay's example? Easy enough to do. So if they're not doing it, must be because they don't want to do it, right?
Except those recalcitrant GOP legislators? The so-called moderates. DeLay's rubber hose? Primary challenges from the Right and money.
The Blue Dogs aren't afraid of primary challenges from the Left. I wish they could be made to be, but they're not. And they don't have to worry about money because their rich corporate donors, like the banks and the insurance companies, are taking care of them.
Add to this the fact that when the GOP was in control of the Senate they didn't have to worry about filibusters because they could count on the Blue Dogs to vote for Cloture.
Oh, and Tom DeLay was the House Majority Leader, not Majority Leader of the Senate, and last I checked Nancy Pelosi and her crew were doing an ok job of moving things along in the House. Maybe she's got hold of a good brand of rubber hose.
Or maybe she's got an actual majority to work with.
The fucking Senate is the fucking problem and it's because of the fucking Blue Dogs like fucking Max Baucus!
Taibbi's an insult artist before he's a reporter, and he doesn't let his reporting, which is minimal, get in the way of a good insult. Read his book? It's fun. Lots of great stories. But they're just stories. Stories about Matt Tiabbi's adventures in whatever Wonderland he's wandered into. He's got one source. Himself. All his work has one source. Matt Taibbi. Doesn't mean he's not right, sometimes. Means, though, he's writing off the top of his head. A lot.
So, frankly, I'm not impressed by anything Matt Taibbi thinks is going on in Washington or anywhere, even when I agree with him.
Taibbi blends opinion-mongering with insult comedy. That's his schtik. It works for him. I can do it too. I think a lot of people on the Left side of the Bandwidth want a good reason to hate Barack Obama as much as they hated George Bush.
Because they're psychologically more comfortable being on the outside and in the opposition. Makes them feel like saints and martyrs.
Well, that wasn't all that funny, was it? What I think though, and I'm just telling you what I think. Which is all Taibbi does, says what he thinks. Good for him.
If he can tell me what he thinks the President could do in the back room to put the fear of God into Max Baucus and what he can use for a rubber hose to beat him with, I'd appreciate it.
Probably so would the President.