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08-14-2009, 11:08 PM

Democratic Culture Shock
Jennifer Rubin - 08.12.2009 - 4:34 PM

Michael Barone examines the anti-voter rhetoric coming from Democrats and concludes:

The Democrats’ health care bills have stirred widespread and deeply felt opposition. While some of the protests are organized, the turnout and strong feeling expressed indicate that we are watching something that is largely spontaneous. Try organizing such a protest when almost no one cares much about your issue: no one will show up. It’s the supporters of the Democrats’ health care bills, not their opponents, who are astroturfing—and spending plenty of moolah on television ads and the like.

The Democrats are spoiled because they are used to a mainstream media who spin things their way and a general public whose only expressions of spontaneous enthusiasm in 2006-08 were opposition to (if not hatred of) George W. Bush and support of Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. Now the spontaneous enthusiasm is all on the other side, with the Democratic astroturf efforts producing pathetic turnouts and largely spontaneous opposition to the Democratic health care plans producing large turnouts.

The Democrats are understandably stunned. They and those sympathetic to them do control everything—the White House, Congress, the mainstream media, the popular culture, and elite education. And they still—despite all that power—can’t get the public to pipe down and go along quietly with their planned takeover of health care. What is wrong with everyone? You can sense the anger, the resentment. And the panic.

There is no playbook for the liberal establishment when they are in power while the crowds and much of the new media are in fevered opposition. After all it is the Left that is supposed to be filled with righteous indignation at the “establishment.” Moreover, the intensity is largely now on the side of the anti-ObamaCare forces — quite a reversal from the Bush era.

They can either change the substance (i.e., scrap ObamaCare and start over) or try a different sales pitch. Absent either of those course corrections, it is hard to see how things can improve for the Democratic congressional leadership and the president. Indeed, the longer this goes on, the more likely they are to turn off more and more of the portion of the electorate that is most likely to show up at the polls on Election Day 2010.

08-15-2009, 12:40 AM
Obama is betting his second term on ObamaCare, he will lose both fights. :D

08-15-2009, 01:00 PM
The encouraging note here is that the more the Administration and it's MSM
sock puppets denigrate the protesters, the more enraged and involved the
protesters (us) get.

The funny part is neither the MSM nor the Administration can figure out why
their numbers/ratings are slipping; evidently there is no connection between
between their stance and their sinking ratings.

Anyone that freaking stupid deserves to fail.

08-15-2009, 11:20 PM
Obama is betting his second term on ObamaCare, he will lose both fights. :D

I pray that you are right!