HURT FEEL­INGS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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