David Brooks: If Coakley Loses, Passing Health Care Reform Would be “Political Suicide”
Fantastic concern trolling from McBobo today.
Many Democrats, as always, are caught in their insular liberal information loop. They think the polls are bad simply because the economy is bad. They tell each other health care is unpopular because the people aren’t sophisticated enough to understand it. Some believe they can still pass health care even if their candidate, Martha Coakley, loses the Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
That, of course, would be political suicide. It would be the act of a party so arrogant, elitist and contemptuous of popular wisdom that it would not deserve to govern. Marie Antoinette would applaud, but voters would rage.
First, the polls aren’t that bad — Obama’s at 53%, despite the lingering unemployment of the Bush Recession.
Second, a health care bill has already passed in the Senate with 60 votes. The idea that losing a single seat in the Senate somehow negates that vote and compels the Democrats to throw out that bill and the House bill, as well as the elections of 2006 and 2008, is more than a little bonkers.
Third, I don’t remember McBobo telling the GOP to get with the program and start supporting the Obama agenda after NY-23, a seat they’d held since the 19th century.
This makes sense. The American people gave the Democratic Party power over the legislature in 2006. They then gave the Democratic Party the keys to the White House in 2008, to go with even bigger majorities in both houses. And they did so, presumably, to get Democratic reforms, not the kind of watered down, bi-partisan gruel McBobo fetishizes.
If I were President Obama, I would spend the next year showing how government can serve a humble, helpful and supportive role to the central institutions of American life.
And the most helpful thing government can do is cut taxes and gut regulations — right McBobo?