President Barack Obama claimed a few months back that he welcomed pressure from the left to push him further forward.
But he now says, on national healthcare, I didn’t really mean that, so stop running those advocacy ads against moderate Democrats.
But, that’s not all.
The president who either cannot or will not lead on the most important legislative issues of his term, so far, suddenly has no problem using the threat of “muscle” and smackdowns against these advocacy groups:
Obama also hinted that efforts are under way to discourage allies from future attacks on Democrats, according to the source, who did not have permission to speak on the record about the discussion.
Finally, note who was “chosen” from the WaPost staff to write this, whether solely because it’s her beat or because Team Obama wanted her.
The byline is from Ms. Health Insurance, Ceci Connolly.