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November 13, 2013

Meltdown: Reid Summons Senate Democrats For Crisis Meeting on Obamacare


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare.

Reid on Wednesday told reporters he would not answer questions about the hundreds of thousands of insurance policy cancellations or other issues until he has further discussions with the White House.

The Clumsy God continues to fall.

Charles C.W. Cooke tries to answer a question that occurred to Drew today: is this the greatest domestic policy fiasco in all of American history?

This is no partisan overstatement. This is indeed historic. Whether this is the biggest debacle in all of our history or not, it's top three -- and you can argue its place in that list as you like.

Cooke casts about for similar debacles, including Prohibition. But he finds that the last century's greatest domestic fiascos were passed on a bipartisan basis, and thus did not harm one party more than the other.

To find a time in which the central agenda of one party has been as thoroughly discredited as the Democrats’ may be if Obamacare collapses into itself, one probably has to go back to the second decade of the 20th century. As the election of 1920 approached, Americans found that they had grown exhausted and disturbed by the egregious domestic agenda that their president’s utopian internationalism had gradually imposed. Woodrow Wilson’s “war socialism,” which involved stern rationing, crippling censorship, and a thoroughgoing distaste for the individualism that had marked America’s rise, proved to be unpopular enough to render Warren Harding’s promise of a “return to normalcy” as music to voters’ ears. In 1920, Harding won 60 percent of the vote — 37 states to his opponent’s eleven — and he used his mandate to effectively repeal the Wilson era and to discredit the Democratic party for a decade.

How bad is it right now? Obama's weary minions have taken to indulging in fantasy speculation-- how well would Obama be doing now if he hadn't flamed out on Obamacare?

And, Open Thread. Knocking off early tonight.

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