Let Me Get This Straight

Blue dog Democrat, and former Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints quarterback, Heath Shuler (D-NC) observes that, while Obama has made the effort to hear his concerns on the stimulus package, the same was not true of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. According to Shuler

I truly feel that’s where maybe House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed.

Politoco blogger Glenn Thrush reports this email response from Jim Manley, spokesman for Harry Reid.

Let me get this straight – this is coming from a guy who threw more than twice as many interceptions than touchdowns?

Maybe someone should tell congressman Shuler that under the leadership of President Obama we have put together a bipartisan bill that will create or save 3 to 4 million jobs, and that we have been more than willing to work with our republican friends. We have accepted some of their ideas and will continue to do so. But not at the expense of creating jobs, investing in our future of helping the middle class. He can stand on a stage if he wants, but senate democrats are busy trying to pass legislation that will provide essential investments designed to create and save jobs.

Shuler was one of the eleven Democrats that joined all House Republicans in a bipartisan vote against the House’s stimulus plan. Good going, Heath. But this FireDogLake blog story provides a different spin on the whole thing by suggesting

[Shuler] was “encouraged” by the White House (whch Robert Gibbs would not deny).  It looks like Rahm Emanuel, who is in charge of managing the White House’s relationship with the press, is himself pursuing a strategy to make Reid and Pelosi look as weak as possible and once again has his hand up Shuler’s dress.

So, if this is to be believed, and I’m not sure that it is, we are to conclude that Shuler, and maybe other House Democrats that voted against the stimulus, served as proxy for the White House in a struggle against Pelosi and Reid? And that Manley’s cheap shot against Shuler is, really, Reid’s way of pushing back against Obama and the White House?

If there is anything to this, this is going to be good. Time for a trip to the snack bar.

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