Tom Maguire applies the Fisk-O-Tronic to Ezra Klein, who claims equivalence between 0bamacare and Medicare, “which was also passed while unpopular”. Some “inconvenient details” Ezra overlooks:
The tough vote! A bit more research (I cleverly went with “medicare senate votes 1965“and took the first result) shows us that Medicare passed the House in April by a tough vote of 313-115 and went to the Senate where a similar bill wheezed through on July 9 by 68-21. The House-Senate conference reported a bill on July 26 and the final product cleared the House by 307-116, the Senate by 70-24, and was signed into law on July 30. Hey, in time for the August recess, just like Obama wanted!
Some Times story mentioned that the bill cleared the relevant Senate committee by a tooth-pulling 12-5. As to bipartisan backing, the final bill was supported by a majority of House Republicans (70-68) and 40% of the voting Republican Senators (13-17).
Well. I wonder how many of the lefty bloggers who took the tough decision to move this DNC talking point forward regret doing that today.