A top Tea Party leader derided Barack Obama as "our half white, racist president" in an email to colleagues.
Mark Williams, the conservative talk radio host who has become a prominent spokesman for the Tea Party Express, sent an email in September -- obtained by TPMmuckraker -- to other leaders of the group, in which he appeared to be responding to charges of racism against himself.
As more senators lend their names to a plan to use reconciliation to add a public option back into health care reform, a progressive group is targeting two centrist Democrats with polling that shows standing in the way of the reconciliation plan could cost them politically.
In a new Research 2000 poll conducted for the progressive coalition that has been trumpeting the reconciliation plan in recent days, both of Virginia's moderate Democratic senators -- Jim Webb and Mark Warner -- face an electorate that is upset with their performance on health care reform so far and wants to see a public option passed.
A spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner today ridiculed President Obama's health care proposal because it's too short.
"The White House's 'plan' consists of an 11-page outline, which has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office or posted online as legislative text. So they want to reorganize one-sixth of the United States' economy with a document shorter than a comic book, and they're complaining that they can't find our plan on their own website? C'mon," said the spokesman, Michael Steel, in an email to reporters.
Boehner and other Republicans have attacked the Democrats' health care bills in both the House and the Senate for being too long.
Last night, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)--a long-time public option advocate--dealt a rough blow to members and progressives who think Democrats should pass the popular measure using the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process.
"I'm probably not going to vote for that," Rockefeller said.Â "I don't think the timing of it is very good."
Earlier in the evening, in a brief interview with TPMDC, Rockefeller expressed concern that playing hardball with the public option at this time could imperil reform, but he didn't say he'd oppose it.
Scott Brown: 'I'm Not From Around Here. I'm From Massachusetts'Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reports that after Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) became the first vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) jobs bill, he quickly left the chamber and was then surrounded by reporters in the hallway. "I'm not from around here," said Brown. "I'm from Massachusetts."
Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama and Vice PResident Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. Obama will meet with senior advisers at 10:45 a.m. ET. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 12:15 p.m. ET. Obama will meet at 3 p.m. ET with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Obama and Biden will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Obama will have dinner with business leaders at 6:45 p.m. ET.
Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall (R) released a statement today, expressing regret for any "misimpression" that he may have caused during a press conference about defunding Planned Parenthood, when he declared that an increased number of disabled children is a "vengeance" from nature for prior abortions by their mothers.
"A story by Capital News Service regarding my remarks at a recent press conference opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood conveyed the impression that I believe disabled children are a punishment for prior abortions. No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion," Marshall said in the statement. "I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families."