Nearly a full year into the Obama Administration, we’re getting a real sense that the new kind of politics is promised in that campaign was just that a promise. Transparency is going out the window, with a closed door meeting on government openness and relaxation of rules for disclosure for unions.
And on health care, we’ve got the President and congressional Democrats thumbing their nose at the American people. While polls show opposition to the various Democratic health care reforms increasing with each passing day, indeed, increasing despite mostly favorably coverage in the mainstream media and an aggressive promotional campaign by the President and his team, they press on.
One wonders why the Democrats persist on such an unpopular initiative when voters would rather they focus on fixing the economy, bringing down unemployment and lowering the burgeoning deficit. Over at the Wall Street Journal, John Fund may have found the answer; it’s all about appeasing the Democratic base:
. . . many in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn’t seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums. That may explain Majority Leader Harry Reid’s haste—he has ordered a rare Sunday session this weekend to hurry up the debate. Public support for the bill averages only 39.2% backing in all polls compiled by Pollster.com.
But buried in the surveys is an explanation for the Democratic obsession to pass the bill: An overwhelming 76% of Democrats back it. “They believe the liberal base expects them to deliver and will punish them if they don’t,” says Democratic pollster Doug Schoen, who worked for Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
So, now finally we have an idea of the new kind of politician we have in Barack Obama. New, this type may be on the national stage, but typical he is in the Windy City. An executive who sees it his job to push the policies of his machine, his cronies, no matter what the cost.