The Doom of Democrats

Dick Morris wrote a wonderful op-ed at Real Clear Politics outlining why passing Obamacare would spell doom for the Democrats. As they have, in fact, passed this monstrosity, I thought his article doubly significant:

The news media headlines would blare that Congress just voted to add tens or hundreds of billions to the deficit, and the big-spending, high-borrowing image of Congress will worsen. All pretense that Obamacare is not a reckless spending bill will be stripped away, and we will be face to face with the reality that it will add hugely to the deficit.
All this will come at precisely the time that House and Senate Democrats are scrambling to rebut the attacks of their Republican challengers over these very issues. If Congress votes to postpone the Medicare cuts, as a former secretary of health and human services predicted to me, they will have to answer for their fiscal irresponsibility right before the election.

Either poison — the cuts or the deficit — will be enough to eradicate an entire generation of House and Senate Democrats.

And these cuts will take place against a backdrop of continuing increases in health insurance premiums, no expansion of coverage (it doesn’t kick in until 2013) and no tangible benefit from the Obama bill.

Read the whole thing here.

From the perspective of one who loves liberty and the Constitution, the passing of this bill is an abomination. But from a purely political standpoint, the Republican really couldn’t ask for more. Passing this bill just handed the Republicans a major victory in November. Insurance rates and taxes will go up, the deficit will increase, and with most of the provisions of the bill kicking in for years to come, very few people will see the benefit of it.

The Democratic Party has just ensured its monumental defeat. And I honestly can’t figure out why.

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  1. #1 by kansanforsanity on Mon 22 Mar 2010 - 10:39

    I disagree, but you probably figured that. :)

    The immediate effects of this bill are very, very popular- and many if not near all of the things in this bill when polled individually poll very high. These things will take place immediately, this year, seniors getting money from the government to make up for the Republican passed medicare part D, business getting tax credits for giving employee’s health insurance, parents and their dependents, etc. I don’t think the public will dive into a horrendous downturn of opinion for the Democrats. Keep in mind to that there is a lot of time between now and November. Now we move to jobs, the economy, education, reducing the deficit, etc. I just think there is a lot of room for a lot of things to happen that the public will like, right off and after passage, that make a new playing field for the Democrats.

    Politically, if the Democrats did absolutely nothing it would have been far, far worse for them. If anything, this energizes their base. Again, I could be wrong, we’ll see what the landscape looks like in the individual races in November.

    – Kansan

    • #2 by The Republican Heretic on Mon 22 Mar 2010 - 14:11

      Yes, it’s so very popular that the majority of Americans are still against it.

      http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/22/cnn-poll-americans-dont-like-health-care-bill/?fbid=HWqfpjv0wQs

      While I’m sure you think that your rhetoric and talking points sound good, they don’t. After destroying the economy and the health care system, you want me to believe you’re going to save education? If Democrats were concerned about creating jobs, helping the economy, and reducing the deficit, they wouldn’t have passed Obamacare.

      In case you haven’t noticed, the next priority seems to be gaining government control of the internet, not education.

      I keep hoping that your strange, aristocratic desire to force other people to live the way you want them to will pass. Maybe someday it will …

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