“Death Panels” Are History: Sarah Palin Plays Her Detractors Like Fools
If “death panels” are a figment of paranoid and feeble minds, why did the Senate take the language out of their bill?
That’s what they just did. The language in the Senate Bill that correlated to Section 1233 of the House bill was stripped today. Senator Grassley stated that the “death panel” language was stripped because it could “be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly”.
While many opposed Section 1233, it was Sarah Palin who injected the idea of “death panels” into the public discourse. Sarah Palin can read. Not only did she understand the bill, she played the media and her detractors like fiddles.
Palin exploited their zeal to ridicule her. Their rush to ridicule only gave more exposure to the controversial language in Section 1233. When they continued to mock her, she “doubled down”. People began to pay closer attention to the “death panel” language and noticed its flaws. Now, the language is gone. Coincidence? I doubt it. Many criticized the language in Section 1233, but only when “death panels” entered the public discourse did the Senate remove the language from their bill.
Neither the wonkishness of Charles Krauthammer nor the self-absorbed fluff of Peggy Noonan reached Joe’s Tavern or Delia’s Diner. As usual, Sarah Palin did.
This may be a pyrrhic victory. There are provisions that are much more odious. If the Democrats make enough concessions, we may get a Massachusetts style plan that is palatable to Blue Dogs.
But at least for now, the non-reading, ponder free, hillbillies and mobs won day.