Friday, January 29, 2010

Failure to Plan

Here’s an interesting little revelation:

The White House had no contingency plan for health care reform if Democrat Martha Coakley lost the special election in Massachusetts, and officials did not discuss the possibility a Democratic loss would dramatically imperil their legislative efforts, a top adviser said today.

President Obama’s senior advisor David Axelrod said there “wasn’t much discussion” about an alternative path to passing health care with just 59 Democrats in the Senate because there was “widespread assumption was that that seat was safe.”

“The truth is the flares went up about 10 days before that election,” Axelrod said during a briefing today with reporters and opinion-makers.

“There wasn’t much discussion about the implications if the thing went the other way,” he said.

Wow, that was really dumb. In politics, as in everything, you just assume that you can’t assume anything, even in the case where it looks like a lead-pipe cinch. I sure as hell hope they get their act together and learn the basic lesson of just about everything: you have a back-up plan for your back-up plan.