But, it gets worse for Obama & Co. According to the New York Times, the White House privately thinks it only has a 51 percent chance to ram this bill down the throats of the American people. Reports the Times, “[T]hat 49 percent chance of failure could devastate Obama’s presidency, weaken Democrats heading into the fall midterm elections and trigger an even fiercer, more debilitating round of finger-pointing inside the administration.”
That is all very true. The political in-fighting at the White House, and within the Democrat party, is already reaching a fevered pitch. For weeks, liberal blogs and news sites have been buzzing about the prospects of replacing or reassigning Obama’s top advisors: Emmanuel, Axelrod, Summers, etc. One report suggests replacing Rahm Emmanuel with former Senate Democrat Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.
It gets worse. Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S News & World Report and Publisher of the New York Daily news, Mort Zuckerman, writes of Obama, “He’s misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach” and “He’s done everything wrong.” He lays blame for Obama’s sinking poll numbers, economic stagnation and Republicans’ new fortunes in the generic Congressional ballot polls at the feet of none other than Obama himself.
Zuckerman might as well have just said, “He’s a lightweight.”
Even without that, Zuckerman’s is a devastating line of critique from a once-ardent Obama supporter, and is merely indicative of how Obama’s own party feels about him right now. Even NBC’s Saturday Night Live brilliantly portrays just how out of touch Obama really is.
In short, Obama acts like he is in charge, as he did yesterday in a campaign speech in Glenside, Pennsylvania. But he is devoid of reality. “When is the right time? If not now, when?” Obama questioned aloud of when it might be proper for the government to take over the health care industry.
The answer, of course, is never. But yet, he wants to pretend that his plan will lower costs, when it won’t. That adding 30 million or so new individuals to government-run health care will not plunge the nation deeper into debt, when it will. That government does not engage in health-care rationing, when Congress debates every year “doc-fix” bills that cope with the underpayment by Medicare to physicians. It just goes on and on.
Making matters worse for the White House, party leaders in the House and Senate are incompetent at best and corrupt and dangerous at the worst.
Just last month, Nancy Pelosi completely lost control of the House of Representatives, as reported by Politico, when language was inserted into a bill that would have authorized the prosecution of former Bush Administration officials for war crimes. Incompetence at best.
Throw in the removal of Charlie Rangel at Ways & Means Chair as a result of corruption charges, the botched union exemption to the Cadillac Tax, the Louisiana Purchase, the
Cornhusker Kickback and the backroom deals and pure, raw corruption of Washington has been on display for months.
Plus, don’t forget the summer town halls whose attendees were labeled “political terrorists,” “extremists,” and deemed “Un-American” by members of Congress. Zuckerman’s right. They’re doing everything wrong.
Somewhere, I have to imagine that Hillary Clinton is grating her teeth at what might have been. But I digress.
None of this should make Republicans overconfident. Democrats may be politically down at the moment, but they are still very dangerous, as is evidenced by Obama, Pelosi and Reid’s push to abuse the budget reconciliation process to enact ObamaCare.
And, if true, Eric Massa’s allegations indicate the lengths that the majority will go through to get what it wants — even engaging in whole scale purges of its fellow travelers.
Right now, the GOP must be prepared to fight Obama and his radical policies tooth and nail. On every front. On every issue that threatens the nation’s very solvency and threatens to bankrupt future generations.
As incompetent as Democrats have been, they now seek to lock into place these policies, hoping that Republicans cannot undo them in 2011 and beyond, even if the GOP wins in 2010. They may be right, and Republicans must not proceed as if they have already won the mêlée.
For certainly, the true battle has only just begun.
William Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government. He has spent his career working in political strategy and public affairs for various causes and organizations.