What a hilarious dynamic you now have in the Democrat Party.
The civil war I described earlier is between two, diametrically opposed views. One is the Obama Progressive Idealistic wing: they will push Obamacare, no matter what. If there is absolute, positive evidence that the program doesn’t work, it wouldn’t alter their belief that their plan must be enacted fully. Reality matters little to this wing of the party; they simply are fanatical idealogues.
The other cohort is the Pragmatic ‘Do and Say Anything to win elections’ wing of the party. This was most famously led by Bill Clinton, but now numerous Democrats that are (SURPRISE!) up for re-election next year have joined as well. Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich, and moderates such as Joe Manchin belong in this group. They believe they must placate the angry American electorate first and foremost. What is ironic is this group doesn’t care about the success or failure of the ACA either; they simply want to do enough to get 50.1% of the vote next year.
And in the middle is the rest of America.
Americans feel betrayed. They never truly supported the Affordable Care Act, but a majority of them trusted Barack Obama enough that they gave him the benefit of the doubt; that, more than anything explains Obama’s re-election. The benefit of the doubt on the economy, on foreign affairs, and yes…on Obamacare.
That trust is now broken.
Look no further than the recent polling from numerous agencies. Trust in Obama has collapsed entirely. On most issues, Republicans are more trusted; remember, this was the party who a few weeks ago was less liked than many venereal diseases. Obama is doing worse than that.
And what has Obama and Democrats done to respond to Americans discovering they have been lied to? Basically, they blamed…everyone but themselves. The list is long.
It was Republicans fault for not working with Democrats; even though the GOP correctly and appropriately predicted the problems that have now occurred.
It was the fault of the media, for not spinning more.
It was the fault of contractors, who failed to do their job, as if government oversight wasn’t the administration’s responsibility.
My favorite? It was the fault of average Americans. Why? Because they were foolish or stupid to believe the lie in the first place.
If you think I am exaggerating, simply go read some of the ‘elite’ liberal columnists out there. This last excuse actually has become common place among the liberal intelligentsia.
The quandary that liberals are in leaves them between a rock and hard place. Either they can follow their fanatical ideology, and fight for the Affordable Care Act, even though more and more evidence is coming to light that the plan cannot achieve the major goals set for by Obama himself. The alternative is to pass something like Landrieu’s Senate plan, allowing people to keep their current health plans; that would blast a hole in the central tenet of Obamacare, which is to redistribute health care dollars from the healthy to the sick.
I actually agree with many liberals: no amount of running away from Obamacare is going to save Democrats this time. They own this, in totality. Ultimately, the only thing that would save them would be a competent rollout of the remainder of the system, which at this point seems highly unlikely.
Which means, when the 2014 election rolls around, we can truly see who deserves to be delivering, and receiving, apologies.