Allahpundit gets at the essence of the Democrats’ angst:
Let me remind you again: They can pass any bill they want any time they want. Conservatives can scream their heads off at these things and there’s not an ounce of good it’ll do if Democrats are united. This whole partisan “war” Obama and Axelrod have concocted is kabuki theater against an enemy they’ve already (momentarily) defeated; it’s the Blue Dogs’ fear that they’ll be thrown out of office if they vote for this travesty that’s put the left in the predicament they’re in.
While the Democrats may rant and rave about those repugnant Republicans, the real issue is that they can’t hold their own party together.
And despite controlling all the levers of power, Democrats (and their allies on left-wing blogs), as Amity Shlaes noted back in May, seem angrier than ever. Basically, the issue is more psychological than political, they need a target upon which to spew their venom. And since they’ve long hated Republicans, why take down the target now that the GOP is out of power?
I mean, think about this for a second, they’ve elected a charismatic guy President who manages to get his mug on TV more often than most of his predecessors. Much of the media leans left and gives their viewpoint favorable coverage. With congressional majorities, they have more elected officials with more ready access to local media than do Republicans. And they have Health Care for American Now (HCAN), an outfit with a $40 million budget to promote the Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul.
And yet, despite all these resources as their disposal, Americans disapprove of the President’s performance on health care. It’s not just one poll. Via Glenn, we learn, “Polls from National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/NBC News, The Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show that the American people do not support President Barack Obama’s health care plan.”
What went wrong? With a party led by a man adept at organizing, they can’t control public opinion, so they demonize adversaries and labeling concerned citizens as tools of corporate interests:
So now we have the spectacle of the White House trying to demonize the health insurers which it was not so long ago romancing and trying to label as “mobs” and “astroturf” voters who show up at town meetings and voice opposition to Democratic health care proposals—this from a president who during his campaign urged his supporters to respond to those opposing him by “get[ting] in their faces.” These seem like desperation tactics to me.
In desperation, they lash out at their opponents. But, I thought Obama had said he was trying to “break” that “pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.”
Now, he and his allies are blaming Republicans (and an industry typically allied with the GOP) for his inability to move public opinion in the direction he wants it to go and for his failure to unite his party behind his statist initiatives.
*And “right-wing” interest groups. And health insurerers.