Axelrod: 'Insane' for Democrats to oppose health-reform bill

Copyright 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009; 3:41 PM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy By Garance Franke-Ruta In the waning days of 2009, as the Obama administration searches for 60 senators to support its signature legislative push, aides find themselves haunted by the ghosts of Democratic primaries past. Former Vermont governor Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) have emerged over the past week as two of the fiercest critics of the mammoth health-reform bill--reprising their 2003 roles as representatives of opposite ideological poles within the spectrum of Democratic-leaning thought. Then, they clashed vigorously over the Iraq war in the lead-up to the Democratic primaries. Now, they are focused on health-care, and the standing of a Democratic president among a portion of his Democratic base appears caught in their crossfire. Obama senior adviser David Axelrod took on both Dean -- who contended for the presidential nomination in 2004 and went on to

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