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Are the Wheels Coming off the Bus?


ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports on a tiff between Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and the President:

Conyers has been critical of the president’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan and last month he had harsh words on the president’s efforts on health care reform.

Conyers said on the Bill Press Radio Show, as covered by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post: “I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House. I mean, he only won (health care reform) by five votes in the House, and this bill wasn’t anything to write home about. The public option is only available, which is the only way you manage cost and get some competition to 1,300 other health insurance companies, the only way he could have got that through is that progressives held their nose and voted for it anyway.”

From the White House: no comment.

Tapper quotes The Hill’s interview where Conyers says the President called him:

[Conyers] says the president “called me and told me that he heard that I was demeaning him and I had to explain to him that it wasn’t anything personal, it was an honest difference on the issues. And he said, ‘Well, let’s talk about it.’” Conyers says he told the president he wasn’t in the mood to “chat.”

Conyers is even more critical of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

“That is essentially what Rahm Emanuel has said: Just give us anything and we will declare victory,” said Conyers. “Not only is it not a victory, but when it doesn’t work, guess who will come at him: the same guys that were saying let’s go along with anything… This is all my buddy Rahm Emanuel trying to get anything. But look the bill doesn’t go into effect for three years. Many of the people that we are trying to help will be dead by then.”

Washington gets chilly this time of year.

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