With the president on the road again pushing legislation that the American people have long since decided they don’t want, we have yet another piece of evidence that the man who billed himself as a pragmatic politician on the campaign trail is anything but. Does he really believe that endless stumping for an overhaul of our nation’s health care system will cause Americans to change their minds and suddenly see the light, realizing they had been wrong to oppose it?
What we have seen in the year since Democrats began talking about this proposal is a near-steady increase in opposition, with only an occasional uptick in support. And we’ve seen candidates supporting the plan — or associated with the party backing their plan– lose their bids for office.
The debate is helping energize the opposition while demoralizing Democrats–and pushing independents toward the GOP.
And yet the president presses on. His determination should silence his left-wing critics beholden to more government-involvement in health care. He’s fighting their battle, even if hurts his party.
He may even succeed in this, but right now he seems like the singer who won’t leave the stage even after the public has tired of his music. He keeps on singing and singing, hoping he’ll receive once again the thunderous applause that greeted his opening number.