Guess the GOP's doomed, then.
President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that's not exactly true.
The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. And the president's legacy may hinge on whether it succeeds or fails.
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has been through more life-and-death cliffhangers than a season finale of Homeland. After squeaker votes in Congress and a 5-4 ruling upholding the law at the Supreme Court, now there's another big hurdle: getting uninsured people to buy health care when it becomes available Oct. 1.
Well, it would be, if Barack Obama had one tenth the charm that his followers think he has - and about one fourth the charm that he thinks that he has.
Oddly enough, I'm kind of stealing this thought from NPR's own comments section: it is a measure of just how messed up Obamacare is, and just how outrageously it was passed, and just how incompetently it has been set up, that the federal government has to plan out how to convince people to participate in a mandatory program. I am forced to wonder whether this administration has anybody among Obama's advisors who is willing to tell the President uncomfortable truths. Look, Barry - stop glaring at me, Val; this isn't the time - look, Barry, you need to cut the ACA loose. We need this. You have to start making Pelosi and Reid the fall guys; their intentions were good, blah blah, they could not have foreseen the difficulties, blah blah, we need to temporarily suspend implementation now that we've seen what we need to do to make a good bill better, blah blah. Throw in some stuff about listening to the will of the People, that always goes over well - and DON'T BLAME THE GOP. Blame the IRS: your political guys can figure out an angle for that.
Fortunately or unfortunately - depending on what you think of me, my advice, and the administration's ability to implement it even if they wanted to - the above conversation probably never happened. And I mean never-happened-never-happened, not never-happened from the point of view of a House investigatory committee. It's kind of funny how I kind of feel obligated to have to make that distinction now, huh?
Moe Lane (crosspost)
(Via Hot Air Headlines, I think)