September 23, 2009

LAST ONE LEFT ON THE UNICORN RIDE?:

Liberals and Civility (Thomas Frank, 9/23/09, WSJ)

Mr. Obama is probably the greatest orator my generation has produced; he swept into office last year with more of a mandate than any president since Ronald Reagan. Mrs. Pelosi commands a large majority in the House of Representatives. [...]

The health-care showdown should have been a one-sided blowout. And yet it is the Democrats who are running to the playground monitor and watching their support drain away.

Why? Because from the beginning they have understood the problem primarily as a technical consumer issue, not a bid for social justice in a manifestly unjust time.


Nevermind that the UR just had to go on 5 network shows to try and explain his greatest speech and, even at that, couldn't acknowledge that what his Senate colleagues refer to as a tax is one. Nevermind that the mandate he won was largely focused on just one issue: John McCain would tax health plans but Mr. Obama wouldn't. Nevermind that Rahm Emanuel made Ms Pelosi Speaker by recruiting Yellow Dog Democrats to run in conservative districts.

No, consider just one point: there are 12 to 14 million immigrants who not oinly won't be covered by the Left's health care plans but about half will lose the coverage they currently have through their employers if the Democrats prevail. Now try and square that with "social justice" and morality...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2009 7:03 AM
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