After the Obamacare insurance exchange debacle and looking ahead to yet another set of debt-ceiling negotiations, the Obama administration’s campaign of vilification and blame is in full force.
More facts are coming to light about U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s Facebook post that claimed a Republican House leader told President Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you.” The Illinois Democrat doubled down on the claim, even though he wasn’t in the room when the statement was supposedly made and White House press secretary Jay Carney denied it ever happened.
Now, more information is emerging. According to Townhall:
Apparently, Obama’s deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors told top Senate Democrats Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray that during a White House meeting, a senior House Republican leader had said to the President, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
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It is easy to see the purpose that the manufactured smear was intended to serve. Clearly, the White House was trying to demonstrate to Senate Democrats — and through them, to others on Capitol Hill, the media and the country — that the Republicans’ position during the shut down was motivated not by principle, but by personal animus toward the President.
As Ann Coulter noted in a previous Townhall post, President Obama has been using smear tactics for nearly a decade at least:
One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Obama was down in the polls, about to lose to Blair Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader. But then the Chicago Tribune leaked the claim that Hull’s second ex-wife, Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him during their 1998 divorce proceedings.
Those records were under seal, but as The New York Times noted: “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.” Many people said Axelrod had “an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story.”
Long story short, although Hull and his ex-wife opposed airing their dirty laundry, the records were released and former front-runner Hull “finished third with 10 percent of the vote,” Coulter wrote.
Most recently, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a gathering that the Republican Party was to blame for improper testing of the Obamacare website before its launch, implying that the shutdown prevented adequate funding.
Apart from the “winners take responsibility, losers take credit” maxim, Sebelius ignores some basic facts.
First of all, the president never asked for additional funding for the Affordable Care Act because he didn’t need it. The government shutdown didn’t affect Obamacare because it was fully funded as a permanent appropriation, according to The Atlantic Wire. Secondly, the agency already had a half-billion dollars to develop HealthCare.gov. How much more does it need?
Call it whatever you will — smear campaigns, Chicago politics or “Bush’s fault” — but it’s a recurrent theme with this White House, and it’s getting old.