In a rare lucid moment, Bob Woodward has accused the Republican Party of trying to blackmail and extort Obama into defunding Obamacare,
Woodward said, “This is really serious. Back in 2011, when the crisis visited them, the Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner was running around and saying if we don’t fix this, we could trigger a depression worse than the 1930s. And when I talked to Obama about this, he said, it was the most intense three weeks of his presidency. More than Osama Bin Laden and so forth. so — and the Republicans are out here, a group of them in the House essentially using extortion and blackmail methods to say, if we don’t defund Obamacare we’re not going to do the routine things of government.”
If even a blind squirrel finds a nut, then I guess this is visually impaired squirrel, meet nut. When even noted Sean Hannity fan boy Bob Woodward can see that Republicans are using blackmail and extortion in their attempt to defund Obamacare, things are really going badly for the GOP.
The same Bob Woodward who was a fixture on Fox News when he had an anti-Obama book to sell has changed his tune a bit now that he is not trying to convince the brainwashed, Republican voting, white haired masses to plop down a bit of their Social Security checks on his latest book.
The shocking thing is that Woodward is right. Republicans are using blackmail and extortion in their attempt to defund Obamacare. Republicans can try to dodge this description, but when a group of Republicans are running around threatening to wreck the economy if Obamacare isn’t defunded, it is virtually impossible for the GOP to claim that they aren’t trying to blackmail the president into taking away healthcare for 30 million Americans. If the death panel lie fits, wear it.
Just when I thought that all hope was lost, Bob Woodward had a rare lucid moment. It is sad to see how far one half of the team that will always be remembered for setting the modern high mark in journalism has fallen. Woodward will likely continue to pander to the right, because the only thing that the man seems to care about is selling his books. But when even Bob Woodward calls the efforts to defund Obamacare extortion and blackmail, the Republican Party is seriously screwed.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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