He chooses Morning Joe to float this turd of a trial balloon, because he knows nobody at MSNBC is going to pull out a pin to poke at it.
Mika Brzezinski held his feet to the fire:
DEAN: First of all, in fairness you gotta blame the Republicans. For some of this. Because they delayed everything they possibly could. Threw as many monkey wrenches into the process as they could –
DEAN: — with some success here . . .
Naturally, there is not a single thing Republicans did that could conceivably have had any effect on the rollout. During the government slowdown, we were constantly told that the defund strategy didn’t matter because the dollars were already appropriated. Republicans can’t be blamed for participating in ObamaCare, either by voting for it, or getting their fingerprints on it in any way. So why does Dean say you have to blame Republicans? Because Dean is a hack on a friendly network, and he can get away with the Big Lie. It’s that simple.
This is the emboldening of a strategy Obama himself dipped his toe into the other day, when he implicitly blamed the shutdown:
“About three weeks ago, as the federal government shutdown, and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened up across the country,” said Obama. “Well, we’ve now gotten the government back open for the American people and today I want to talk about how were going to get the marketplaces running at full steam as well.”
The media didn’t jump on him for that, and now his implications are becoming direct accusations in the mouths of Obama’s mouthpieces. Dean’s just pushing the envelope a little further and seeing how it works. This is their strategy: lie, lie a little more, then lie a lot more — and see if anyone calls you on it. By the time we’re done, the whole botched rollout will be Ted Cruz’s fault.