I woke up to seeing that the Deemocratic [sic] cabal managed to ram an inpopular health care down Uncle Sam’s throat, 219 yes against 212 no (all Republicans plus 34 Democrats). Yes, this was 0bama’s promised bipartisanism all right: in the opposition to 0bama’s agenda.
It’s easy to feel depressed now, but in truth this is a black cloud with a huge silver lining. Dan Riehl puts it best:
You may have to wait for the GOP’s new Fire Pelosi site to open. It’s that jammed and donations are pouring in.
Powerline points to some silver linings.
This bill has limited benefit for the middle class, though it does have some. It isn’t as if the system didn’t need reform. But, as always, Obama has over-promised. And not only will this under deliver, as the reality of the reform becomes known, it won’t be popular. Obama fancies himself part Lincoln, part FDR. He’s neither, in point of fact.
Most importantly, the Democrats are exposed. Obama flushed them out of their hole to save himself. That’s not a hero, it’s a selfish traitor to his party. On top of that, we now have what matters most on the heels of this fiasco – something to fight for. And fight we will.
And we will win in the end. Too many solid citizens were already up in arms, taking to the streets before this. Those numbers will not shrink. They will grow exponentially. As the saying goes, this is not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning.
Let them have their self-congratulatory night and day or two. They’ve been drunk on power and ideology throughout this debate. Kicking the snot out of them when their hangover sets in – and it will – may be the political highlight of many of our lives.
Some related, must-read, articles, mostly on Pajamas Media:
- Victor Davis Hanson: “We’ve crossed the Rubicon“
- Constitutional challenges to 0bamacare
- Paul Hsieh MD: “Obamacare: The coming battles“
- Rick Moran: “This was rammed down the throats of the American people with as much cynicism, trickery, deliberate obfuscation, and budgetary tomfoolery as has ever been seen for a major piece of legislation in the history of the republic.” Read the whole thing.
- Via Ace: Stocks ueber-bull Jim Cramer suddenly became a bear.
- Fenway Nation: “Blue dogs, Constitution euthanized after outliving usefulness.”
- Prof. Jacobson offers some pep talk.
- Peter Suderman: “It’s being hailed as a major legislative achievement, and in size and scope, it certainly is. But for those of us who do not take comfort in legislation of great size and scope, it’s an achievement of dubious merit./ But it’s not just the size and scope. It’s also that this bill is unlikely to achieve most of the objectives that have been set out for it. [...W]e’re left with a highly expensive, fiscally dangerous expansion of health insurance that locks even more people into a broken system. That’s an achievement, all right, but not a particularly good one.”
- Insty predicts: “A brief poll bump for Obama based on positive news coverage of the bill passage. Then, more decline.” Also points to the first “0bamacare: repeal it!” bumper stickers for sale. (Anybody can now design such a thing and put it up for sale in mere hours.)
- Ira Stoll: ““Republicans despondent because they think the bill is a government takeover that is about to ruin the American health care system may want to cheer up. First, if the bill is half as terrible as the Republicans say it is, Americans are going to be so upset about it that they blame the Democrats. That will redound politically to the benefit of the Republicans, and it may even make a repeal of the bill possible. Second, even without passage of this bill, health care costs were growing to the point where they were putting pressure on family and government budgets, and it was about to get worse because of the aging of the Baby Boom generation into Medicare. Now the Republicans have a plausible way of blaming the Democrats for all these problems, which were going to happen anyway under the course set by a Republican administration.”
- Speaking of which, Bloomberg: US bonds might lose AAA credit rating?!
- Updates to follow later.
Ours is not to despair now. In fact, the passage of this dreck sandwich pretty much guarantees a GOP takeover of Congress come November. Let us make this the textbook political example of a “Pyrrhic victory”.
UPDATE: for a list of the 34 Democrats who voted “no” below the fold (sourced from official roll call), click “More”.
UDPATE 2 (h/t: scottishbuzzsaw): Bill Whittle: “The common people– otherwise known as the Host Organism”: Heh. Read it all.