The Hill reports that Democrats in Washington are freaking out over the implications of the Obamacare meltdown:
Sources who attended a meeting of House chiefs of staff on Monday say the room was seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic Party and talk was of scrapping rollout events for the Affordable Care Act.
“Here we are, we’re supposed to be selling this to people, and it’s all screwed up,” one chief of staff ranted. “This either gets fixed or this could be the demise of the Democratic Party.”
Democrats around Capitol Hill say there are lots of people to blame for the debacle that has engulfed them. But increasingly the anger is directed at one person only: (President Barack) Obama.
“Is he even more unpopular than George W. Bush? I think that’s already happened,” said one Democratic chief of staff.
While the press loves to highlight GOP divisions, they ignore similar conflicts among the Democrats. Segments of the Old Left may see an opportunity within the current crisis to discredit the New Left (short term strategy) with the ultimate goal of getting rid of it (long term strategy). It remains to be seen if the Old Left has the stomach for the kind of institutional civil war that Democrats haven’t experienced since the last one they fought back in the ’60s, ’70s, & ’80s.
That last civil war resulted in the triumph of the New Left with its success reaching its apotheosis through the election of Obama & the passage of Obamacare. The Old Left has allowed itself to play a subservient role in the party so long as the New Left didn’t do anything to hurt the Old Left, its power bases – or even the party itself. With a potential electoral blowout looming on the horizon for next year’s national elections, will the Old Left go down with the ship – or will they cut their losses by cutting the throats of their New Left comrades in order to save their party – & themselves?