SEIU’s Andy Stern: ‘It Will be Obama’s Waterloo’ if Senate Can’t Finish Health Care

By Britt

Dec 4, 2009 3:18pm

ABC News' Rick Klein reports: It seems the SEIU's Andy Stern and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.., have something in common.

Asked about the 2010 landscape today on ABCNews.com's "Top Line,"Stern told us that if the Senate can't finish work on a health care bill, "it will be Obama's Waterloo."

"I think the real issue here is people vote about issues, and people are enormously frustrated,"Stern told us. "It's taken us a year; we don't have a health care bill, we're missing all kinds of other deadlines. I think the Senate, if it does not find a way to get some things done here, are going to disappoint people.”

"People had huge hopes and expectations,"he continued. "The president laid out a broad agenda, and the Senate does not seem able to keep up with him. And the Republicans are doing everything they can to trip him up. America's at a pretty critical moment, and the Senate better act, or it will be Obama's Waterloo.”

DeMint was coming at the issue from the opposite direction when he said of the health care bill, in July: "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

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