Obamacare: The Greatest Show On Earth

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Artist’s rendering of Wednesday’s meeting

Roll Call posted a fascinating article on Wednesday detailing the growing sense of concern (or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it PANIC!) that many Congressional Democrats—especially those in marginally safe to contested seats—are experiencing over the rolling catastrophe of Obamacare’s implementation. For those who opposed the passage of the law in the first place, it’s a somewhat satisfying scene, which Jonah Goldberg is correct to refer to as a sort of “Schadenfreudarama.” Now, granted: it’s not a completely satisfying sort of schadenfreude; it would be much more satisfying if the consequences of the massive failure only affected those who insisted on pushing the thing through in the first place, and didn’t involve millions of people losing health insurance plans that they liked, with millions more likely on the way—along with the hardships that fact will entail for so many people. But in these days of chaos and confusion, I suppose I’ll take comfort in what little scraps of enjoyment come from watching those who supported this massive act of legislative malpractice scramble to save themselves from the consequences of their actions (which, of course, they had repeatedly been warned about).

But back to that article, which provides details on a meeting that occurred Wednesday between House Democrats and White House officials in which members of Congress basically demanded that the Obama Administration FIX THIS MESS. Some of the quotes in the article seem to me quite revealing of the mentality that prevails on the left side of the aisle in Congress*. For instance:

“Why can’t we call people who know how to do these things, who do it for corporate America, and say, ‘We have a website, fix it?’” asked Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y. “Maybe I’m being simplistic, but can’t we call Bill Gates up and say, ‘Take care of this?’ Or go to a college dorm and say, ‘You guys, you invented Yahoo, can you take care of this?’”

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Pelosi: Happy New Year, Peasants! Oh, and feel free to die in a fire.

Allahpundit is right:  this is the perfect way for Nancy Pelosi to end her tenure as Speaker of the House.  Paternalistic?  Check.  Arrogant?  Check.  Detached from reality?  Checky-check-check-check.

And so our shameless, reckless, intrusive, imperious, and borderline-tyrannical 111th Congress slimes its way across the finish line without a hint of regret or introspection.  Here’s hoping that there’s enough time to undo the damage they did before the country collapses under the weight of all the debt.

The Socialist

Paul Ryan (R-Awesometown) Attempts Adult Conversation With Democrat

Naturally, the effort failed, as Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is not an adult, but rather a political point-scoring machine.  Granted, a badly programmed and defective machine, but a machine nonetheless:

What we learn from this, once again, is that a) Democrats have no ability to look beyond the next election, and b) Paul Ryan is still Superman.

Honest Democrats are Rare and Precious

…and should be kept away from Congress like the rest of them all the same.  Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello had this to say back in March:

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned up here (in Washington) and I didn’t really need to come up here to learn it, is the only way to get Congress to balance the budget is to give them no choice, and the only way to keep them out of the cookie jar is to give them no choice, which is why – whether it’s balanced budget acts or pay as you go legislation or any of that – is the only thing. If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing”

Here’s the video:

For once, I believe we have a case of a Congressman telling us the truth.  I look forward to seeing this chump’s hand’s tied in November.  Hopefully he’ll  be sent safely away from the Capitol where he can’t do any more legislative damage.

Health Care and Hobbyhorses

Jonah Goldberg reprints an e-mail from a commenter whose political hobbyhorse has been observing the left and it’s political hobbyhorse:

Dig deeper and you find the liberal narrative in full. The long winter out of power for the left, as the theory goes, starts with the Clintons failure to get healthcare. The first mistake was trying to ram it through Congress. The second mistake was not accepting a smaller version. The third mistake was failing to recognize the political damage. That lead to the ’94 election and their hero, Bill Clinton, throwing them over the rail in favor of Dick Morris. In an Oliver Stone way, all of this gave us Bush, Iraq, the WoT and whatever bogeymen they want to load on the cart.

So, Obama handed healthcare off to Pelosi and Reid. They accepted less than the originally wanted and made whatever deals necessary to get it done. They were even ready with a highly choreographed ceremony to bask in the warm glow of public approval.

Ooops.

To say healthcare is a political problem now, means the liberal historiography of the last 16 years is wrong. That’s so embedded in the catechism of the left, there’s no way they can do it. Instead I would expect the moonbats to start saying the problem with healthcare is it did not go far enough fast enough.

Profiles In Congressional Awfulness: John Kerry

Senator John Kerry
UP HERE, JOHN. (Alternate joke: Kerry-what a boob.)

Former Presidential Candidate and current Senatorial Embarrassment John Kerry opened his mouth today and a whole bunch of stupid stuff fell out of it.  This condition, of course, is rampant among our congressional representatives these days; Kerry’s case is, I fear, terminal.  From a U.S. News article entitled “John Kerry Says Voter Anger at Washington Is Hypocritical“:

Times are tough, especially among those still looking for good jobs, but Sen. John Kerry doesn’t think Washington’s to blame. In fact the former Democratic presidential candidate, concerned with the anger voters are aiming at Washington, says that his party and President Obama are doing a ship-shape job.

“We’ve come back,” he says of the nation, Wall Street, and the economy. “This is an amazing resurgence.”

…[Kerry] feels that Congress and the president aren’t getting the credit he thinks they deserve for pulling the country out of a second depression.

…he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. “There’s a huge contradiction on a daily basis,” he said.

Maybe, he concluded, the Democrats should change their communications strategy “to better sell what we’ve done.”

Obama Approval Index 5-27-2010Where to begin with this nonsense?  I guess we’ll tackle the stupid in the order it appeared.  First of all: Obama and his party are doing a ship-shape job?  Really?  This would explain why Obama’s approval ratings are 16 points underwater as of today, and 3 out of 5 voters would prefer to just entirely replace Congress.  There’s really no point in addressing this lunacy seeing as it’s so obviously untrue.

“We’ve come back; This is an amazing resurgence.”  Again – so obviously false that it’s not even worth addressing.  The guy deserves a punch in his cartoonishly huge adam’s apple.

“Pulling the economy out of a second depression”: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.  A) The Great Depression consisted of a couple of phases; the first was the market crash, which we’ve had and are suffering the aftereffects of.  Then came the sovereign debt phase, and… hey, what’s that happening in Europe?  B) This moron should sit down with Amity Shlaes and find out just how much good all of FDR’s spending did for the US during the Great Depression.  Short answer:  he made the Depression worse.  but don’t worry – I’m sure all the stimulus spending the feds are doing at the moment is actually helping… Oh.

“D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare…”: I suppose a lot of Americans feel this way as regards Social Security and Medicare, although 1) I’m not among them and 2) this still wouldn’t make them hypocrites, considering that they could still (and most actually do) oppose the recent insane spending bender that Congress has embarked upon.  So John Kerry can still kiss my ass.

“…and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup”: Hey you stupid doink – THE OIL SPILL HAPPENED IN FEDERALLY CONTROLLED WATERS.  Which means that, presumably, the Federal Government would, you know, actually do something in response to a crisis in an area pretty well designated by law as under the control of the Feds.  Idiot.

But by all means, keep trying to “sell” what you’ve done.  Keep reminding the voters of the debt you’ve run up in buying all this crap that no one wanted in the first place.  You do that, John.

Democrats Seek Help From Psychologist

I don’t see how this is going to help, as psychologists can’t prescribe drugs and the Dems are clearly off their meds.  But for what it’s worth:

…retiring Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan (N.D.) recently brought psychologist Drew Westen in to see the Democratic caucus, because Dorgan is convinced that the Democrats’ problem is one of messaging.

This always comes up, again and again, whenever the Dems run themselves onto the PR rocks.  It’s never the ideas that are wrong; no, the ideas and the actions they take based on those ideas are good and right.  The problem is always that the stupid voters out there have just missed the point.  They just don’t understand that the Democrat party is made up of people who just want to help them and do good things for them.  If only we understood the good intentions behind their actions, we’d all be rushing to the polls to pull the lever for Carl “Shitty” Levin and his ilk.

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I wonder if Congress has adequate psychiatric coverage in their health plan?

You guys keep on believing that it’s just messaging.  Just keep telling yourselves that.

Dr. Westen told the Democrats that they need to strike a more populist chord, explaining that the best way to win over voters is to use simple language that engages the brain’s “frontal emotion circuits.”  In other words, since reason can’t provide much help in defending the Democrat’s policies, perhaps emotion can.  CQ reports that the Democrats gave Dr. Westen a round of applause and have started taking his advice.

Great.  Now we can look forward to even more condescension from our Senatorial betters.  I can’t wait to have Debbie Stabenow explain to me yet again that she understands my anger about government spending and that’s why she voted to spend all the money they can print on the ridiculous scheme that we’re not supposed to call Obamacare anymore.  I’m sure if she just tweaks her message I’ll be sprinting to the front of her campaign volunteer line.

Jeffrey Anderson has it right:

Taking the psychologist’s advice, perhaps the Democrats should say, “We know you’re angry that we passed Obamacare in direct defiance of your will.  We know you’re angry that this Congress and this president have racked up more deficit spending in two years than President Bush and the previous four Congresses — hardly models of frugality in their own right — did in eight.  We feel your pain.  We understand your anger.  So please vote for us.”