Perhaps had the Democrats not taken too seriously all those glowing editorials and books about the 2008 election ushered in a new era of liberalism, telling us how their party would rule the next generation — and beyond, how conservatism was dead and Republicans a dying breed, they might have developed a different strategy on health care. They saw the tea parties as either the products of corporate shenanigans or the last breath of the Reagan Revolution. Instead, they represented the first awkward steps of a reinvigorated Reagan coalition.
In short, had Democrats not been so condescending to their critics, they might have been better prepared to answer their challenges. So, when the president bemoaned today about the difficulty of passing health care reform, that he was “running headlong into special interests, and armies of lobbyists, and partisan politics that’s aimed at exploiting fears instead of getting things done“, you’ve gotta wonder why a candidate who ran so successfully against special interests in the fall of 2008 claims he was so ill-prepared to face an opposition that they supposedly ginned up.
That said, the president’s complaint just doesn’t wash. Yes, there’s been a vocal opposition, but he has had unprecedented access to the media from whom he has received unprecedented amounts of glowing coverage. He has had the means to get his message across and to answer his critics.
Can’t he recognize that that on health care at least, he’s lost. The people just aren’t buying what he’s selling?