Part of the problem with holding together a fragile coalition is that — well, it’s fragile. Breaks easily. Cracks appear at the least signs of stress.
And as Brian Malonnee points out at the Radio Equalizer, there’s a whole lot of stressin’ goin’ on over Unemployment:
Occasionally, lefty pundits make unusually candid admissions during liberal talk radio interviews that would never occur elsewhere.
The latest example comes from MSNBC’s David Shuster, a committed Obamist, but in this case sounding the alarm over what he sees as Barack’s odd indifference to rising unemployment. Could it become “Obama’s Katrina“?
SHUSTER (32:47): The longer the health care drags on there’s this perception that jobs is not a main priority for the Obama Administration and I do think I mean I think you’re right. At a certain point somebody described it as a tsunami that is building.
One of the columns this morning (The column Shuster cited was written by Arianna Huffington in the Huffington Post) saying this is like another Katrina that building off our coast and the perception of the Obama Administration is either been asleep at the switch, or hasn’t done enough or hasn’t recognized the gravity of the problem. I think it gonna be a huge problem in 2010.
It’s the Economy, Stupid (to paraphrase Bill Clinton and James Carville.)
Meanwhile, former DNC Chairman and Presidential candidate Howard Dean (who is also a medical doctor, to boot) has come out strongly AGAINST Obamacare — yes, you read that right:
The former presidential candidate and governor of Vermont appeared on Air America’s Bill Press radio show and blasted the ObamaCare bill — in both its House and Senate forms. During the interview, Dean insisted that the current efforts did nothing to control costs, and amounted to nothing more than a bailout for the insurance companies. He urged progressives in Congress to oppose the bill, especially if the public option gets stripped out. And he said, “Republicans are right about the rhetoric of this bill” (via Instapundit):
The cracks have begun to appear. Standing by for party cannibalism in three, two, one . . .