Emmett Tyrrell

The president should have been well aware that his online health care program was not ready for the public's use. Tested on October 1 for how it would work when hundreds of thousands of people tried to use it later in the month, it locked up after about 2000 tries. The president then had plenty of time to avoid this week's embarrassment. His party could have cut a deal with the tea party and the other conservatives and delayed the rollout. The Democrats would have looked magnanimous but they sought something else. Now they look ignominious.

President Obama's pratfall with health care put me in mind of a fundamental difference between conservatives and a man of the left. The conservative is wary about forcing his policy upon a divided nation. The man of the left plunges forward. President Ronald Reagan was dead set against abortion, but he recognized that the country was pretty much divided on abortion. It would be better if he settled with limiting abortion where he could and speaking out against it so as to persuade rather than to bully. President Obama had a fleeting majority in both houses of Congress on an issue that about equally divided the nation. He forced it into law. Since then, the majority of the American people have increased their opposition to Obamacare. Their numbers are growing. Obama's response is to charge ahead, even when Obamacare encounters grave difficulties.

I say the Prophet Obama should take his health care policies to Kookistan. Maybe the Kooks will like it.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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