Chuck Grassley is officially out of healthcare negotiations! Hurrah!
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said he "resents" some of the things the administration and President Obama said and did during the August recess. In particular, Grassley took umbrage with President Obama attaching him to the death panel controversy. He said it was something he “took very personally.”Grassley helped perpetuate the pulling the plug on granny lie (I've wondered how all the grannies have felt about being the subject of death panels), while he was supposed to be negotiating with the democrats:
"And [I] kind of resent, that when I've been very candid with the President of the United States face to face... I leveled with him, I leveled with him," Grassley said of his conversations with President Obama. "And then we're accused by [David] Axelrod of making political things and maybe not being serious in our negotiations."
For political observers, this Grassley divorce from the administration and the negotiating table is not surprising. It comes after, in particular, his admission -- in a question posed to him by NBC’s Chuck Todd on MSNBC -- that he would not vote for legislation if it didn’t have widespread Republican support, even if it had everything he wanted in it.
"You know what," he said, "I have not had a face-to-face conversation or a telephone conversation with either the president or anybody on the White House staff since that meeting we had that Thursday" before the summer recess. And then he went on: "And I'll tell you, and there's some things that the president said since then that I took very personally." Read more at First Read.