Typical for a Dem once exposed, Oregon Congressman, Earl ‘Bow-Tie’ Blumenauer, is trying to distance himself from the memo first reported in the New York Times where it was asked of supporters of his “end of life” provision to “celebrate quietly.”
As reported in today’s the Hill here, Blumenauer now says he regrets the letter’s secretive language saying, “If I had seen the memo, I would have suggested it be worded differently.”
The memo stated in part,
“Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.“
Seeing that the provision that was stripped from the original health care reform bill was quietly snuck back in, by regulation, not legislation, Blumenauer is quoted as saying, “This was a reasonable thing for the administration to do.”
Left unexplained, if it is so “reasonable,” why sneak it in and urge quiet?
Democrat strategist Bill Galston, agreeing the memo hurt Democrats position on the provision said, “It was stupid.”