White House thanks Lieberman for blocking President’s reform promise, but now criticizes Howard Dean for defending it

Joe Lieberman, who held a legislative gun to President Obama’s head and threatened to kill all of health care reform, endangering the Democrats’ prospects for holding on to control of Congress in the next election and endangering the President’s chances at being re-elected, got personally thanked by President Obama yesterday. Thanked for trying to kill health care reform, thanked for shilling for the insurance industry. Howard Dean, who is simply advocating for the President’s own campaign promise, is now being dissed by the White House.

The only people the White House ever seem to find the backbone to criticize are Democrats who support the President’s own campaign promises. If you’re a Republican or a conservative Democrat who slaps the President in the face, he bends over backwards to make you like him again.

From Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake:

MSNBC’s MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I won’t name names, but I heard it from several people in the Administration: Howard Dean, very not pleased, with Dr. Dean speaking out about health care reform and this plan.

Savannah Guthrie: Yeah, very irritated. Yes, isn’t it fascinating they don’t seem to be too angry at Lieberman, they’re reserving their fervor for Howard Dean, but actually, one senior official who I talked to this morning paid the highest insult which was to call him irrelevant to the entire health care debate. You know he kind of had his moment in the sun in the last week when this Medicare expansion looked like it was going to be the thing that broke the logjam between the progressives in the party and the moderates, but, of course, because of Lieberman, the Medicare expansion is gone, and now Dean is having what one official called “a tantrum.”

And they think it’s just not helpful, but they say he’s irrelevant because, bottom line is, even though he was meeting yesterday with all the Democrats, a lot of liberals did blow off steam, there’s a lot of frustration, they’re annoyed that the public option is gone, that then they compromised to do the Medicare extension, now it’s gone. At the end of the day, the moderates are holding sway over this bill, but at the end of the day the President’s been able to hold them in line and they think progressives will be with them.

Howard Dean was being talked about as a secretary for Health and Human Services. The man is an MD and a health care expert. He knows far more about health care and reform than President Obama or Rahm Emmanuel. And Dean says the bill needs to be killed.

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