Dog Bites Man: Lanny Davis Punches Hippies

Lanny Davis has a form WSJ/NY Post column he pulls out to punch the hippies for any occasion. Here's his Blame The Left (the literal title of his Wall Street Journal op-ed) piece explaining Massachusetts:

We Democrats had to explain to Massachusetts voters and other Americans why non-Nebraskans and nonunion members have to pay more taxes, while Nebraskans and union members get to pay less. Those two deals seem to have alienated most people across the political spectrum. That's not easy.

Somehow, in the last 12 months, we allowed the party of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to morph into the party of George McGovern (or more accurately, his most ardent supporters) and Howard Dean, who called for the defeat of the Democratic health-care bill if it had neither a public option or Medicare buy-in.

Heh. Now the "hippies" are responsible for Ben Nelson's sweet heart deal and for the unions taking care of themselves regarding the excise tax. Lanny Davis is one strange dude. But what is funny is this is exactly what you are hearing from some blogs.

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    Greenwald has more on this ... (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by Demi Moaned on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 01:43:03 PM EST
    And in one of the dumbest and most dishonest Op-Eds ever written, Lanny Davis echoes that claim in The Wall St. Journal:  "Blame the Left for Massachusetts" (Davis attributes the unpopularity of health care reform to the "liberal" public option and mandate; he apparently doesn't know that the health care bill has no public option [someone should tell him], that the public option was one of the most popular provisions in the various proposals, and the "mandate" is there to please the insurance industry, not "the Left," which, in the absence of a public option, hates the mandate; Davis' claim that "candidate Obama's health-care proposal did not include a public option" is nothing short of an outright lie).

    Actually (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 01:57:04 PM EST
    Davis is right in that first paragraph. It really ticked people off that everybody was going to ahve to pay that excise tax but unions and it even managed to tick the unions off too. And did anybody outside of Nelson like the deal NE got?

    Yes. It's the 2nd graf that is just (5.00 / 5) (#3)
    by Cream City on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 01:58:09 PM EST
    nuts.  As if, Lannie.

    Sure, but neither of those things were (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by ruffian on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:26:23 PM EST
    McGovern-like. This is a big problem, as I see it, across the board. Republicans label everything Dems do as socialist, and it sticks. Then even a small move to the left bacome socialism.

    bacome= become (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:26:45 PM EST
    That is because there are too many Dems, (none / 0) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:21:59 PM EST
    including Obama, who adopt the Republican rhetoric rather than using the opportunity to sell their ideas.

    Oh, Sen. Nelson doesn't even like (none / 0) (#19)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:21:30 PM EST
    the deal he got.

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:17:55 PM EST
    he is all but claiming he wanted to screw Nebraska like everybody else but the party wouldn't let him.

    Now he can't even get a slice of pizza in Omaha. (Thanks Ellie...still perversely pleasured by that nugget)


    Not even Nebraska liked the deal Nelson got (none / 0) (#25)
    by Ellie on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 08:41:57 PM EST
    I'm happy to say.

    Why is anyone still listening to what (5.00 / 4) (#4)
    by Anne on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:05:23 PM EST
    Lanny Davis has to say?  

    Seriously, can someone please tell me where this party of George McGovern is, because I seem to have missed that train, and am stuck with a bunch of New Democrats who couldn't find their a$$es with both hands.

    I hate to invoke one of your faves, BTD, but even Andrew Sullivan knows Davis is full of you-know-what.  Responding to this statement from Stephen Bainbridge:

    "Obama and the Congressional Democrats (especially in the House) governed for the last year as though the median voter is a Daily Kos fan,"

    Sullivan says:

    This must come as some surprise to most Daily Kos fans.  But if one had traveled to Mars and back this past year and read this statement, what would you assume had happened? I would assume that the banks had been nationalized, the stimulus was twice as large, that single-payer healthcare had been pushed through on narrow majority votes, that card-check had passed, that an immigration amnesty had been legislated, that prosecutions of Bush and Cheney for war crimes would be underway, that withdrawal from Afghanistan would be commencing, that no troops would be left in Iraq, that Larry Tribe was on the Supreme Court, that DADT and DOMA would be repealed, and so on.

    Yeah, us liberals have gotten so much that we're now getting greedy, right?  

    This seems to have become (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Zorba on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:21:22 PM EST
    the meme of the Villagers.  Obama and the Dems have been way too leftist, and so Scottie With a Truck won.  The calls for Obama to be more "centrist" (i.e., more "rightwing") have already started.  I would have been ecstatic if even half of Sullivan's musings had come to pass.  But, then, I'm an aging hippie, former McGovern (and Gene McCarthy) supporter, and I'm too busy right now ducking all the punches.

    Except (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:27:54 PM EST
    Wasn't it the "middle of the road" voters who stayed home yesterday or who voted for Brown?  (Answer: yes).  And it was definitely "the middle" that gave Obama victory last year, so what's a politician to do?

    Of course it was, jbindc (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Zorba on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:31:08 PM EST
    But that doesn't matter to the Villagers.  They have a different "reality," which has nothing to do with actual reality.

    Yes (none / 0) (#18)
    by hookfan on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:49:54 PM EST
    at least W thought so. . .

    About that so on: (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Cream City on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:48:18 PM EST
    Even living up to the FISA promise would have gone miles with me.  Instead, we've won . . . inches.

    I've stopped listening to Davis when he (none / 0) (#29)
    by suzieg on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 02:09:38 AM EST
    was endorsing Bush as his greatest college roommate<

    it figures that that the WSJ ran Davis's piece (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by tworivers on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:29:49 PM EST
    He's about the most irritating figure in politics I can think of (and that's saying something)

    There was a time (none / 0) (#5)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:13:55 PM EST
    when I liked Lanny Davis.  What was wrong with me?  Ouch.  The stupid in me.  It burns, burns, burns.

    Glad I've gained sense.

    this is all you need to know (none / 0) (#11)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:28:18 PM EST
    Lanny Davis (none / 0) (#16)
    by cawaltz on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:47:44 PM EST
    is more than welcome to join an union and pay dues to get out of those taxes that he's so worried about.

    Why blame poor George? (none / 0) (#21)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:23:28 PM EST

    Trying to remember the last time (none / 0) (#22)
    by shoephone on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:58:47 PM EST
    Lanny Davis was even relevant. And yet, his mewling tops the opinion page of the ... WSJ ... that bastion of Democratic thought.

    Coakley lost because SHE punched the hippies (none / 0) (#24)
    by Ben Masel on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 08:02:39 PM EST
    who as a result didn't vote for her.

    The Massachusetts marijuana scene is quite aware of her crusade against the 2008 Decrim initiative. No memory loss.

    Who wants to run against her in the AG Primary? Filing deadline Feb. 4

    $133,644/year, great benefits.

    Sorry, in advance (none / 0) (#26)
    by shoephone on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 09:38:05 PM EST
    but I find this line of reasoning to be outlandish. Coakley lost because of her stance on decriminalizing marijuana???



    Try and win elections without us. (none / 0) (#27)
    by Ben Masel on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 11:59:13 PM EST
    Oops, she did.

    Serious Hogwash (none / 0) (#28)
    by shoephone on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 01:20:07 AM EST
    It had nothing to do with her loss. Repeating it won't make it true.

    But have fun humoring yourself with it.