WATERS: Well that may be difficult for Rahm Emanuel (to hold them accountable), because don’t forget — he recruited most of them. As when he was over in the Congress, in the leadership, Rahm Emanuel recruited more conservative members and based on some of the information I’m getting, they told them that they could vote the way they wanted to vote, that they would not interfere with what was considered their philosophy about some of these things. So, now the chickens have come home to roost.
This was an interview from a few days ago but since it’s regarding our healthcare plan it is still current. Maxine Waters was interviewed by Carlos Watson of MSNBC where she very clearly lays out the nefarious activities of Rahm Emanuel. He recruited a very active minority of “Conservative” Democrats referred to as Blue Dogs. These members usually sided with Republicans and actively supported Shrub when he was still in office. So far they’ve torpedoed the single-payer option (which is what I favored) and are trying to kill the public option. Which would make this health care plan DOA for the majority of Americans that actually need it.
Talk about divided loyalties! What other country would allow a politician who’s a dual citizen with another country to serve as Chief of Staff to a President? What President in his right mind would hire someone who worked for his political rivals and recruited (Republicans registered as) Conservative Democrats that work against much of the core tenets for the purpose of getting elected and think that person would be loyal to them? Using auxillaries and mercenaries will speed up one’s demise faster than using incompetent people.
Furthermore with a less than 6% population and an aging political powerhouse, what will the blacks in California do when Maxine Waters and other advocates like her eventually retire or leave this mortal coil? For to deny the fact that Waters has been an advocate by taking Geithner to task, talking about the failed loan modifications, still fighting for the Katrina survivors after most politicians have moved on you’d have to be an idiot. Not to mention the 2010 Census will result in a shift in representation from black to Latino.
Again I will state this plainly: too many blacks are sitting pretty feeling “good” about having Obama in office strictly based on his phenotype and some unearned assumptions that he will advocate for issues that matter to blacks. He hasn’t done it yet and any requests about giving him more time is to allow for other people’s efforts at undermining a truly “progressive” agenda. Those Blue Dogs aren’t waiting to kill the health care plan.
What are blacks doing politically right NOW to protect themselves? NOTHING! They’re waiting for Obama to “do right by them”. Don’t say you weren’t warned! I’m rethinking the decision of some of these old-guard CBC members in not initially supporting Obama as perhaps being wiser than I’d initially given them credit for. I thought they were simply deferring to Miss Anne by supporting Hillary Clinton. Now I wonder if they were picking the lesser of two evils – or at least someone who’d actually work with them.
Waters brings up a valid point. If any constituents in the areas where these Blue Dogs (or others) reside don’t like what they’re doing they have the right to a primary challenge. Now who’s mobilized to do that? You can’t be prepared to mete out any repercussions (withholding campaign funds or mounting opposition) if you haven’t PREPARED FOR IT. It’s not just about this health care plan either.