In a recent post, I linked Victor Davis Hanson’s Corner post on Obama sudden “creepy” invocation of religion where the Clio of punditry offered this thought about the President’s unpresidential attitude toward critics of his plan:
Rather than demonize opponents as callous and disingenuous, all the president has to do to refute their supposed scare tactics is to explicitly assure the public that abortion receives no state funds in his program, that illegal aliens are not included in his proposed new blanket coverage, and that autonomous government panels will not withhold federal health-care coverage, in the case of the elderly, on the basis of perceived cost-benefit considerations.
Obama’s attitude reminds us yet again of the hypocrisy which has come to define the man. You’d think a man who ran for president promising to be a new kind of politician, “trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame,” would instead of demonizing his opponents, address their arguments.
Hanson has selected some of the chief (but not the only) objections raised by critics of the various Democratic health care proposals. Why does Obama choose to malign straw men instead of addressing these objections point by point?
Maybe it’s because he’s trying to distinguish himself from his predecessor?