Dem Sen. Webb Slams Obama Leadership, Citing ObamaCare Boondoggle; WashPost Places Item to Page A4

April 19th, 2012 11:38 AM

President Obama's ham-handed, laissez faire handling of his signature legislative achievement, ObamaCare, "cost Obama a lot of credibility as a leader," argued retiring one-term Sen. James Webb (D-Va.). Webb.

"If you were going to do something of this magnitude, you have to do it with some clarity, with a clear set of objectives from the White House," reporter Karen Tumulty quoted Webb, noting he made his comments Wednesday at "a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News." Webb held out ObamaCare as a key reason why the president may ultimately be unable to keep Virginia in the Democratic win column in the 2012 presidential race. But alas, Tumulty's reporting was consigned to six paragraphs and printed on page A4 in the Election 2012 digest.

With some "7,000 pages of contradictory information" it was inevitable that President Obama ended up having "a difficult time selling himself as a decisive leader," Webb added.

Of course, there's also the pesky little issue of the individual mandate, which polls show most Americans oppose and believe unconstitutional. But that being said, anytime a Democrat lashes out to attack the president, it's telling the lengths the media will go to bury and downplay the development.