Obama to the Rescue – of the GOP – Three Ways Obama Helps Republicans
Following His theatrical –if misleading – address to the nation last Wednesday, President Obama sought to galvanize support for taking over the US Health Care industry. Instead he added fortitude and backbone to the resistance.
Despite Congressman Wilson pointing out Obama’s inaccurate statement regarding coverage for illegal aliens, the speech failed to change public opinion. (It is telling that despite a flood of contributions to Wilson’s congressional opponent from lunatic lefties anxious to feel better about themselves, the South Carolina district he represents remains firmly in support of their GOP rep.)
By refusing to come clean on several obvious issues, such as coverage for illegal aliens and the outrageous cost of His proposals, Obama unwittingly united the opposition yet again. Supporters of His efforts to ruin American Health Care for most citizens were already united behind him – all 32% of the population. Unfortunately for the Prez, the opposition just got stronger. Obama has only himself to blame.
Failing to answer questions after 23 speeches on the matter is tantamount to lying. Most voters who aren’t committed leftists keep waiting for answers as to how this thing is really to be paid for, where in the world –specifically – can $500 billion in savings be found within the Medicare program and how can government health boards (seriously) NOT act as death panels when their main duty will be to enforce cost controls and regulation on seniors needing treatment. If there are no practical and realistic answers offered, most people that think for themselves conclude that the ones offering the plan really don’t know how it will work and are therefore not to be trusted.
Obama and his minions have simply not answered questions and are burning up what is left of the trust the voters left with them last year. Other than simply denying that ‘bad things’ will occur, Obama and the leftist Democrats offer no substantive argument that will move public opinion. Some Democrats – particularly in the Senate – seem smart enough to understand this and are already at work crafting a bit of legislation that will allow Obama to save face by claiming a win on health care reform without actually delivering very much.
Still, the damage may be done. Democrats know they will lose seats in the mid-term elections next year. However, their President is putting them in the untenable position of supporting a plan that has no logical expectation of delivering the results Obama is promising. Pelosi doesn’t care…she will be re-elected by her lunatic fringe district. However, people like Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) do care – they represent entire states that do not support the health care takeover.
Conservative candidates in relatively red states like Nebraska and Louisiana (now that the Bayou Democrat’s election-stealing network has been broken up) are already running against the President. Obama offers such a clear example of liberalism out-of-control and elitist government that refuses to answer questions or provide specific details regarding important matters, that any Democrat is painted with this image. And in the Bayou State, Obama is already dragging Democrat prospects into the alligator pit. Senator Vitter – beset by his own personal misbehavior – is mounting a VERY strong candidacy for re-election by simply presenting himself as one who opposes the Obama policies. Right now, he is looking tough to beat.
Democrats knew they would have an uphill battle to maintain their House and Senate margins. Unfortunately for them, Obama has given every conservative candidate a clear illustration of what liberalism means to America. Americans are rightfully scared enough to at least pay attention.
Obama is adding to a potential GOP Revival in three central ways, including:
Arrogance – By stating that “we will call you out for your inaccuracies” the President is acting like a bully who is in fact, unwilling to talk about specific details. Besides, this is an empty threat. Republican opponents seem all too willing to have this conversation, as they have actually read the bills. Democrats –especially those who have read the bills – are absolutely afraid to discuss the implications publicly. Obama seems to either have not read the legislation or is absolutely dishonest about what the language means. To Democrat’s credit though, the bills are written so poorly and in such legalese that Obama thought that as any good lawyer does– He could interpret it any way which suited Him. This just isn’t good enough for American voters. And should the attempt be made in the Senate to pass the Health Care disaster bill via reconciliation – look for a major GOP sweep next fall.
Attitude – A standard political tactic – if you are not for this plan, you are ignorant. Unfortunately, the grass roots nature of the town hall resistance movement really is “grass-roots.” For all its attempts to be a good organizer the GOP has great difficulty organizing a picnic – much less setting up the kind of opposition Congressional lefties ran into in their home districts last month. For Obama and Pelosi to accuse the opposition of being Republican plants or being just plain ignorant is insulting to the very people to whom Obama owes his job. They won’t forget.
Ineptitude – Team Obama believes that a good speech solves all problems. They fail to distinguish between a good speech and good theatrics. Obama is great at the latter – horrible at the former. A good speech generally includes details and specifics to make a logical point. Unfortunately, in the delivery of 23 major addresses on Health Care, no specifics and certainly little logic have emerged. This just makes Democrats who support the plan look silly. They can’t answer a simple question about the ‘reasonableness’ of finding $500 billion in savings from Medicare without ridiculing whoever asked the question. The biggest fear on the part of Team Obama is that Joe Biden gets off the reservation and starts commenting on Health Care legislation. Republicans would need no further assistance.