Sunday, November 17, 2013

How the MSM hurts the Democrats

I'm been sort of flabbergasted for the last few days at just how sudden and complete the collapse of Obamacare and the Democrats' 2014 hopes have been.  I can't remember anything this sudden - in the space of three days the President was forced to give a (sort of) apology, his party went into open revolt against him, and he was forced to (likely illegally) impose some sort of (maybe window dressing, maybe not) change on his signature achievement.

How did the Democrats get to this place of rubble and dry bones?

The Media brought them here.  The MSM were cheerleaders for the Democrats in general, and for Obama and Obamacare in particular.  I keep saying that the clearest evidence of bias is not what (and how) it's reported, but what's not reported.  The clear implications of Obamacare were simply not reported.  When some J. Random Republican said things like "people won't be able to keep the insurance that they like because we need young, healthy people on new, higher cost plans to provide the money to subsidize older and sicker people", well the MSM just dropped that down the Memory Hole.*

And so four years of Memory Hole led to a series of tactical victories for the Democrats - the passage of Obamacare and the re-election of Obama to name two.  But now the law is fair upon us, and millions of people are losing their plans.  And since there are no Republican fingerprints on this mess, the Democrats who are up for re-election are now panicking.

And worse is to come.  Things were memory holed that describe what has not yet come to pass: "Doctors will drop out of practice because this law results in them making less money, and so supply and demand says that you'll get less supply of doctors".  How's that one going to play out in 2015?

The Democrats simply never would be in this fine mess if they hadn't had enablers in the MSM.  An actual real debate, honestly reported, would have  prevented this mess of a law from being passed and the disaster of the 2010 elections and next year's looming fiasco would not be on the table.  But rather than instilling some much needed caution, the MSM egged on Obama and the Democrats in Congress.

Obama has never been personally very popular among Congressional Democrats.  Quite frankly, he doesn't seem much like a very likeable person.  Now we are seeing just how little hold he has over his party.  This is another example of what the MSM never reported, which turns out to have hurt Mr. Obama very badly indeed.

The Czar of Muscovy sums it up:
Observers are carefully noting that Congressional democrats are dividing between those who believe the President is calling the play and those who think he’s about to torch the party. Everybody is aware the worst news about Obamacare should be hitting Americans in late summer of 2014 in time for the elections.
And so, the collapse.  Like the sudden snapping of a cable under tension.  The energy that had been slowly stored in the line, and gradually built up to the breaking point is now unleashed.  The ends of the now free wire propels it at ruinous speed towards any objects nearby.  What's closest right now are the Congressional Democrats.

* Their preferred method of doing this is reporting this in paragraph 13 on page A23.  That way they can claim that they did actually report it.  If your child used this sort of excuse to you, you would send him to bed without supper.


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

"Pain experienced by individual insuranced types will be felt by group policy people this time next October" Unless something changes.

What happens the month after October 2014?

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New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

It's like a Mark Wahlberb - George Clooney movie, but in politics.

Jay G said...

I wish I could share your optimism, Borepatch.

The realist in me, however, suspects that, come October 2014, Obama will magically wave his hand, kick the ObamaCare can down the road aways, blame the GOP, and the media will breathlessly report it as gospel.

Some Republican somewhere in the United States will say something stupid about abortion, birth control, or gay marriage; the media will fixate on it endlessly, and the Democrats will continue to tread water through the 2014 elections.

Come January 2015, things are going to get *VERY* interesting. With elections two years away (a hundred billion political lifetimes), and Obama facing no roadblocks whatsoever, I suspect from January 2015 until January 2017 will be spent eviscerating the Republican party and setting up Obama's successor.

Who will NOT be Joe Biden. Nor Hillary! Clinton.

Jester said...

I'm still with the Blogfather, Jay on this one Borepatch. We saw just this past Friday? where the Retardagains(Retreadagains) tried to fix Obama Care by kicking the can down the road. If they had any sense about them they would simply say we want to deal with the budget and the debt ceiling and nothing else. You guys won, remember, you guys fix your own health care program. Obama is the smartest fellow in Washington, remember?

Borepatch I hope you are right. But the Media itself will not admit they are wrong anymore than the politicians they support are able to.

As you stated even the legality of what Obama is trying to do by decree, whatever sort it is is not even legal, but the Media that supports him does not even -blink-.
America does not even blink because they see the media stating its pushed back a year, whew, we can worry about this then, just like the current budget mess.

Ken said...

The newest trial balloon out of National Propaganda Radio this morning has the President as the Authentic Foreign Policy Savior(tm): " up someone else's mess by ending two wars, restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and reaching (anticipating the close, probably safely--ed.) an agreement with Iran over the latter's nuclear program." (paraphrased, but with high confidence as to accuracy)

And when Iran lets off a test shot along about 2017 or 2018, it will be a Tremendous Surprise to Our Betters.