6 comments February 5th, 2010at 11:28am Posted by Eli

Obama Fail:

Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats.

Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration’s failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact.


“There was a lot of frustration in there,” said a Democratic senator who declined to be identified.

“People were hot,” another Democratic senator said.

Democratic senators are frustrated that the White House hasn’t done more to win over the public on health care reform and other aspects of its ambitious agenda — and angry that, in the wake of Scott Brown’s win in the Massachusetts Senate race, the White House hasn’t done more to chart a course for getting a health care bill to the president’s desk.

In his public session with the senators Wednesday, Obama urged them to “finish the job” on health care but did not lay out a path for doing so. That uncertainty appeared to trigger Franken’s anger, and the sources in the room said he laid out his concerns much more directly than any senator did in the earlier public session.

Maybe I’m just picky and demanding, but Obama’s “leadership” style sounds an awful lot like “make a vague hand gesture and then wander off.”

This doesn’t exactly put my mind at ease either.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. shortstop  |  February 9th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Okay, it’s Politico, but anyway.

    I continue to be deeply impressed by Franken. Brilliant, informed, policy wonk, excellent at making his points in accessible ways, now having the courage as a junior junior junior senator to challenge the prez (who really needs it) — what’s not to like?

  • 2. Eli  |  February 9th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Yah, between wrestling, SNL, and AA, he’s pretty much fearless. Which is a rare commodity among Senate Democrats these days.

  • 3. shortstop  |  February 16th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Is he in recovery? I didn’t know that.

  • 4. Eli  |  February 16th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Air America.

  • 5. shortstop  |  February 17th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Ha ha ha. And that’s not even the worst of my many humiliations this week.

  • 6. Eli  |  February 17th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Do I even want to know?

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