Rep. John Conyers Jr. has been criticizing President Obama from the left, and Mr. Obama is not pleased.
Mr. Conyers tells the Hill newspaper that Mr. Obama phoned him recently to ask why the Michigan Democrat was “demeaning” him.
Mr. Obama may have been referring Mr. Conyer’s mid-November statement on liberal host Bill Press’ radio show that the president and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have been “bowing down” to “nutty right-wing” health care proposals in a desperate attempt to win votes.
Mr. Conyers, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and an early supporter of Mr. Obama’s presidential bid, said he was “getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House,” after liberal Democrats were forced to vote for a health care bill that omitted a “robust public option” and includes language opposed by abortionrights supporters.
Last month, Mr. Conyers said Mr. Obama was “getting bad advice from . . . clowns” on Afghanistan, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.
Mr. Conyers, in an interview with the Hill’s Molly K. Hooper, said, “[Obama] 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.’ ”
However, the congressman said he was in no mood to chat, because Mr. Obama had just announced a troop surge in Afghanistan, which Mr. Conyers strongly opposes.
And Mr. Conyers said he would prefer that the president reply to him in writing.
“I want something so serious that he has to respond in writing, like I am responding in writing to him,” he said. have been stable for decades), or that the chain of causation linking climate change to sundry disasters is usually of a meaningless six-degrees-of-separation variety.
“Still, the really interesting question is less about the facts than it is about the psychology. Last week, I suggested that funding flows had much to do with climate alarmism. But deeper things are at work as well.
“One of those things, I suspect, is what I would call the totalitarian impulse.”