What do you get when a party that thought that they got voted in because their policies were popular finds out that they were voted in because they were "not the other guy"? This:
So what's their reaction? This:
Well, now. Look, it's really not that hard to figure out what's happening:
What there are, are hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who have solved the following math equation: (incredibly unpopular congress) + (dangerously ill-advised legislation) + (opportunity to tell you off) = (ridiculous levels of outrage aimed at you). Since mathematics has never been a strong point of politics, the Czar will explain in simple words you can read without two days and two lawyers: the American people really hate the current Congress, they really fear this proposed reform, and you are giving them an open microphone so they can spell out what a bunch of arrogant bastards you have been for the last few years. Odd as it may seem, this does not require an organized, concerted effort. All it requires is what you are giving them: a mic, and opportunity, and coverage.Look, there's nothing new under the sun:
1. The Democrats have played politics for years with Social Security, ginning up the senior vote to thrash the Republicans. Their repeated investment in this bloc has made the seniors very finely tuned to Washington's desire to cut their programs. "Oh, but we would never cut the programs" doesn't fly when your people are talking about bending the cost curve down and mooting counseling for end of life decisions. Toothpaste, tube.
2. Government has always been unpopular. Always. You think that you can buy votes, and maybe you can, but everyone has always despised you. Always will. Sun - rises in the east, even under Obama.
"To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman." - Sam Clemens3. The ancient Greek term for Foolish Pride was "Hubris". It has been applied to many people in the past: Napoleon invading Russia. Hitler invading Russia. Obama
"The problem with political jokes is that they often get elected." - Will Rogers
"What's the difference between a whore and a congressman? A congressman makes more money." - Edward Abbey
"He thinks he was ilicted because he was a rayformer, when t'truth if t'matter was he was ilicted 'cause nobody knew who he was." - Mr. Dooley
Stick a fork in it, folks - this is deader than a doornail. The Democrats are faced with three bad choices:
Try to pass a bill and fail. This is what the Democrats are alluding to when they say that Republicans are trying to "destroy" Obama's presidency. A loss of this magnitude would greatly weaken Obama, and change the entire dynamic of his presidency for the rest of his time in office.So, not to be premature, but I'm calling this one over. But you should really read the Czar's whole post - there's nothing this smart to be found in the
Actually pass a bill. There's nothing about any of this that doesn't have the term "government cockup" written all over it. If this passes, then it will be ugly for the entire Democratic party come election time. There will be no way to paper over Grandma dieing because of Obamacare. This is actually the worst possible outcome for the Democrats, as it would likely lead to a generation of Republican rule.
Let it die a quiet death in committee. Otherwise known as the "Clinton option". The massively complicated and wildly unpopular
HillarycareObamacare never sees the floor of the Congress for a vote. This is the best possible outcome for the Democrats, as they at least keep the prospect of government run healthcare alive to rally their base.
And since it's all over except for turning out the lights, a little light-turning-out music: