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September 23, 2010
Waterloo: The Democrats Doomed Themselves With ObamaCare
Four articles making this point.
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll shows, among other things, that more than twice as many Americans “strongly disapprove” of Obamacare (34 percent) as “strongly approve” of it (15 percent). Moreover, the poll shows that the vast majority — 82 percent — of those who disapprove of Obamacare (whether strongly or otherwise) want it to be repealed. In response to the poll, Politico opines that the “big takeaway…is just how much health reform has fallen off the radar as a 2010 campaign issue, not offering much of clear benefit to either party.” Wow.
The media is really amazing, isn't it? I don't even know who they think they're lying to anymore.
These are the people who say "trust our judgment." The people who think that this sort of unpopularity of Obama's signature "accomplishment" doesn't offer "much of a clear benefit to either party."
What’s the one issue that independent voters most strongly demand that a candidate get right? According to a survey of 1,000 independents (and likely voters) recently conducted by Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen and commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, the answer isn’t “national security,” “taxes,” “immigration,” “the size of government and its level of spending,” “putting a mosque near Ground Zero,” “the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” or “the stimulus and bailouts” — all of which were listed as options. Rather, the answer is “health care reform.”
Joe Collins notes that "jobs" wasn't apparently listed, so that would probably top the list (almost definitely), but I'm citing this more for that last stat: If you support ObamaCare, you just lost the vote of 40% of independents, before any additional issues or positions are considered.
Even Politico -- sweet, dumb, predictable, litigious Politico -- wakes and sniffs at the fresh brewed political reality.
Rarely have so many political strategists been so wrong about something so big.
They tick down the dumbest predictions made about it.
Politico writes, "[I]t appears that no Democratic incumbent – in the House or in the Senate – has run a pro-reform TV ad since April, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ran one."
I asked Michael Barone about the Democrats' full year of denial, about when they finally started to grasp that this was genuine outrage, a citizenry aroused.
He didn't answer that, but he did offer this explanation: The Democrats assumed all the Tea Party rallies and Town Hall confrontations were astroturfed and filled with Republican operatives, because that's precisely how they gin up their public displays of support.
They almost couldn't grasp the possibility that our rallies, unlike theirs, might be real.
Instead of Waterloo, I'll link the even-more-appropriate S.O.S.
And A Fifth: Even TNR. Even TNR.
You exercised raw political power without regard to our opinions, just to show you could. We're stupid animals, you thought; these stupid animals will all fall in line when we tug on the leash hard enough.
No. And we're not just tugging back. We're going for your fucking throats.
You exercised raw political power.
Our turn, bitches.
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