As Obama’s approval ratings keep plunging — now at 39% for registered voters and an abysmal 27% for working-class (non college graduates) whites — Democrats are abandoning his sinking ship.
The latest rat to abandon ship is Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who recently called Obamacare “misguided.” That, in turn, has led to other top Democrats getting their panties all twisted into a wad. LOL
Brett Logiuratto reports for Fusion, Nov. 26, 2014:
Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) comments on Wednesday about Democrats’ misguided focus on health care in President Barack Obama’s first term prompted backlash from top Democrats and left-leaning groups, who accused him of being politically craven.
At a speech before the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats made a mistake by entering into a fight over health care after they passed the 2009 economic stimulus.
His reasoning: Democrats were targeting the uninsured, a population that he said makes up only about 5 percent of registered voters. Only about one-third of the uninsured, he said, are registered or eligible to vote. […]
“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem – health care reform,” Schumer said.
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” he added. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make. Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs — not for changes in their health care.”
It was a characterization with which top Democrats took issue, all the way up to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), who was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed into law as the speaker of the House. Through a spokesman, Pelosi said there are “14 million reasons that’s wrong” — referring to 14 million Americans that have gained insurance coverage through various provisions of the law. […]
Multiple Republican and Democratic congressional aides speculated Schumer’s speech was an attempt to forge a break from Obama, who remains largely unpopular, ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But one Senate Democratic aide said the Affordable Care Act was the wrong piece of policy on which to focus. […]
Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter, criticized Schumer for “confirming the public’s most cynical beliefs about the political process.” And Jon Lovett, another former speechwriter, went on an extended rant on Twitter that ended with him saying a test for prospective Democrats is whether they “listen to” or merely “tolerate” Schumer as a prominent voice within the party….
Note: If Jon Favreau wants to see a political cynic, he should look in his mirror. After graduating from the Catholic College of the Holy Cross in 2003 with a degree in political science, Favreau first worked for the pro-abortion John Kerry, then “graduated” to become a speechwriter for pro-infanticide Obama who thrice voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Taxpayers should know that for
For his part, Jon Lovett is not just a political “speechwriter” hack, he’s also a Hollyweirdo writer and producer.