The screamer Politico headline:
White House to Harry Reid: Cut deal with Joe Lieberman
And nowhere in the piece is there any evidence of this. In fact…
The White House denied that it was pressuring Reid to cut a deal with Lieberman and said there was no difference of opinion about how to move forward on reform.
“The report is inaccurate,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer in a statement. “The White House is not pushing Senator Reid in any direction. We are working hand-in-hand with the Senate leadership to work through the various issues and pass health reform as soon as possible.”
Politico’s daily quota for link trolling… accomplished!
Adding… This is hopefully true:
Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in.
Also… Let’s say this reporting is accurate and President Obama pressures Reid to acquiesce to Joe Lieberman. What then? Does anyone seriously believe Joe Lieberman (or any of the Gang of Dicks) will vote for this bill? Today it’s the public option and the Medicare buy-in, tomorrow it’ll be subsidies and Medicaid expansion. Paraphrasing John Cole from earlier: JOE LIEBERMAN WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HEALTHCARE REFORM!