Obama won’t push for public option, administration officials want Obama to Sista Souljah Dems in Congress & liberal base

Obama isn’t going to push for the public option, top administration officials now tell Politico. So they’re flip-flopping again. But worse yet, they’re now saying they want to Sista Souljah Democratic lawmakers and the liberal base who are pushing Obama to keep his promises.

Considering it was the falling out with the liberal base that was the precursor to the public at large talking about whether the president has the backbone for the job, it’s not entirely clear how picking a larger fight with that base is somehow going to resuscitate Obama’s sinking poll numbers, and damaged brand:

On health care, Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with liberal lawmakers if they argue they would rather have no health care law than an incremental one. The confrontation would allow Obama to show he is willing to stare down his own party to get things done.

The goal of health care reform is supposed to be to pass a good bill, not to lift Obama’s numbers for the next election. The very fact that people in the White House see public anger at Obama’s broken promises as an “opportunity” is a large part of the problem. It’s also a large part of the reason a lot of people are wondering whether Barack Obama is any different than any other politician who promised one thing then did what was politically expedient.

It’s simply amazing that the strategy of trashing the base has now plunged Obama to 49% in the polls, reinvigorated a near-dead Republican party, split the once-unified Democratic party, and put the President’s number one policy agenda in peril, and yet some in the White House think it’s worked so well, they need to ramp it up some more. They don’t seem to realize that the debate isn’t over some arcane provision of legislation, it’s over whether the President has the character needed to lead our country. Every time Team Obama has picked a fight with the left, they’ve lost, and the public perception of the president’s character has suffered as a result. Americans don’t respect someone who betrays their friends.

If the President thinks trashing the very people who got him into office is going to save his presidency, it’s going to be a very ugly next couple of months, and a rather ugly four years for the Democratic party.

PS Apparently, with next week’s “plan” that Obama will be offering on health care, none of it is really that big a deal, he’s willing to drop all of it if Republicans want:

Obama’s specifics will include many of the principles he has spelled out before, and aides did not want to telegraph make-or-break demands.

Then why offer it at all?

Back and forth, and back and forth does not a leader make.

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