Flap over Messina Meetings with Drug Lobbyists
There was a story reported in Politico and elsewhere a few days ago, that Jim Messina had been taking meetings with lobbyists at a Coffee shop in Washington DC during the negotiations over the health care legislation in 2009 and 2010, when he was deputy chief of staff to Obama (he is now campaign manager). The focus of this revelation, in the DC press, has been on the fact that Messina was also communicating by email with these lobbyists but did not hand over these emails to Congress when they requested them. He is also being accused of having kept the meetings secret, intentionally meeting the lobbyists at coffee shops so that there was no official record of the lobbyists visiting the White House.
The GOP is claiming he thus broke the law. Messina says that the emails and meetings were legal, and that the emails were from his personal email account, and thus private. Perhaps he has a point.
But setting aside that issue, what’s of interest to the Cowgirl Blog is the content of the emails. Messina in one exchange is assuring a pharmaceutical lobbyist that the health care law will be written so that it contain billions of dollars for his clients, the drug companies.
And yet it is the GOP that is complaining about this interaction with lobbyists. Shouldn’t progressives be the ones raising holy hell about this?
Reid Going After Romney?
I’m surprised that Harry Reid has started throwing stones at Romney, about his taxes. While the issue is ripe and the criticism accurate, if I were Mitt Romney, of all the politicians in the world I’d want attacking me, Reid would be at the top of the list. This man is the head of one of the most incompetent institutions on earth.
The United States Senate, and the Congress in general, accomplishes very little, wastes money, runs up deficits, and passes legislation that compounds problems rather than solving them. Congress’s approval rating is around 10%. On large issues facing the country, like energy independence and corrupt financial practices of Wall Street, Congress offers no resolution and merely punts. So I believe the Democrats have made a strategic error in having Reid be the public critic of Mitt Romney’s tax practices.
Then again, Romney is a real sheep and a poor politician, so I doubt he’ll take advantage it. Romney likes to play things safe, and not mix it up.