So writes Will Collier in his reflection in Jimmy Carter’s latest attempt at relevance. The failed former President seems to know that he’ll only get media attention if he says something outrageous since few people, few responsible people that is, take seriously his pontification on world affairs:
Jimmah’s empty slander is just another sign of the unbecoming moral vanity at the heart of the modern Left, to say nothing of its overweening intolerance for any hint of dissent. People know good and well that being opposed to socialized medicine or trillion-dollar deficits doesn’t make them racist. Calling them ugly names isn’t going to make them cower away in fear–it’s going to make them more convinced than ever that they’re in the right.
And it won’t do anything to convince undecided Americans to support the proposed Democratic overhaul of our health care system. Indeed, the latest polls confirm John Hinderaker’s hypothesis that the left-wing strategy of demonization would help promote their plan:
One of my themes lately has been that the Democrats’ strategy of trying to demonize opponents of socialized medicine rather than honestly debate the merits of their proposal–whatever it is–is a political mistake. People care about health care, they don’t want their insurance taken away, and they aren’t impressed by assertions that everyone who disagrees with Barack Obama must be a racist.
He cites the latest Rasmussen poll to confirm his point: Opposition to Obama’s Health Care Reform Reaches New High at 55%.