Obama's Public Option Claim Sparks Liberal Backlash

Liberals are not pleased that President Obama told The Washington Post, in an Oval Office interview, "I didn't campaign on the public option." Fact-checks have sprung up on liberal blogs like Think Progress, MyDD's Jerome Armstrong says "some damage control is in need," and Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher, perhaps the most outspoken critic of Obama's '09 health care push in the digital left (and whose blog, by the way, has morphed into something of a political organization and now sends out press releases and organizes calls to Senate offices under the name Firedoglake Action), tells readers that Obama is "triangulating against you."

On top of that, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee is committing $40,000 (and trying to raise more in the meantime) to run this rapid-response TV ad in DC and Wisconsin, where, the group hopes, it can persuade Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) to "be a hero and insist on the public option":