Ralph Benko

Better the loss of office than of honor.

If he cannot prevent the botch of Obamacare from becoming a blunder the honorable course for President Obama is to resign, together with his vice president, from office. Let John Boehner — next in line of succession — assume the office of the presidency and correct “the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in modern times.”

Mr. President, according to McClatchy “11 million who bought their own insurance … could lose their plans.” And: “as many as 41 million people could lose their plans even if they wanted to keep them and would be forced into other plans.”

A wiser, libertarian, head pointed out to this infuriated columnist that the vast majority of us will find workarounds. Thanks to people’s own resourcefulness — and the genius of the free market — with no thanks to the self-styled-benevolent masters of the federal government — most of us 11 million being denuded of health insurance will not be put at mortal, or immense financial, risk. We’ll find a way to replace our lost insurance. But … this is, to millions, the opposite of your promise to make health insurance universally more available and affordable.

Few, if any, other White House botches of this magnitude come to mind. Growing public dismay over the Obama administration’s botch of its own signature initiative threatens the popularity not only of the president. It threatens the Democratic party. The New York Times reports, in its Friday teaser:

The problems with HealthCare.gov have lit a fire under the West Wing staff, but some Democrats close to the White House think that the Obama administration is not sufficiently panicked.

If the botch devolves into a bungle, as is threatened, the widespread personal and political damage surpasses, in substance, the damage caused by the crimes and misdemeanors that directly precipitated the resignation of Richard Nixon. As columnist Charles Krauthammer has observed: “The president now is toxic.”

If the botch indeed becomes a bungle, and if you respect the office of the presidency, Mr. President… do consider resignation.

Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko, author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to use the Web to transform the world. He serves as an advisor to and editor of the Lehrman Institute's thegoldstandardnow.org and senior advisor to the American Principles Project.