I’ve been trying to figure out why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (likely following orders handed down from the White House) was so determined to hold a vote on a bill to increase government control over one-sixth of our economy the week after her party suffered its worst shellacking at the polls since President George W. Bush’s in election in 2004. And that year, that good, but flawed Republican, didn’t win New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York’s Westchester County as did his fellow partisans last week.
Not just that, his margin in the Old Dominion was ten points lower than that of the victorious Republican gubernatorial candidate last week. Voters didn’t just turn against the Democrats; if polls are any indication, people are turning, in increasing numbers against the Obama/Pelosi health care plan:
The Ipsos-McClatchy poll taken at the end of October showed a 15-point drop in support for the plan among independents over the course of last month. That helped drive down overall support for the health bill to 42 percent versus 52 percent against.
So, why did she do it? Perhaps the bill’s narrow passage is, as Ed Morrissey speculates “the high-water mark for ObamaCare.” If Democrats didn’t push it now, the bill would stand even less chance of passage.
Or maybe it’s more than that. Maybe Democrats really do see last week’s election as purely local affairs and think that polling trends show increasing opposition to big government are blips on the radar screen, a temporary reaction to a down economy.
But, I think it’s the Democratic mindset, that of both Mrs. Pelosi and the supposedly post-partisan president. As his far White House staff reveals, this guy is the most partisan figure to occupy the Oval Office at least since Nixon. They really do want to fundamentally transform America, regardless what the polls say and the people feel.