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.
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.