Now this is doubling down. After a few weeks of waffling, Obama is pressing ahead with health care. Thing is, according to the story (from Reuters, no less – !!), even Wall Street isn’t all that fazed by the notion (says health care stocks are up, and tossed in a couple of quotes from health care execs who say they just aren’t worried).
It’s easy to be amazed at the complete defiance on the part of the Dems to public opinion on health care. If there’s anything on which politicians of any stripe will lie, it’s whether they read polls. And anybody who reads polls as much as the Dems must has got to know that public opinion on this has been declining for months. It isn’t a question of whether the people have heard Obama’s message. He’s been banging on about this since 2007. They’ve heard – they don’t want it.
So what gives? Why continue to suicidally push for something that is so publicly toxic, that will likely turn the House and possibly Senate back over to GOP control in November? In a sense, I think the answer lies in the question. It’s pretty roundly agreed that the GOP is going to pick up some seats in November, if nothing else due to the American electoral pendulum swinging back in the other direction. But I’m thinking that somewhere deep in the bowels of the DNC, the hardcore poll number crunchers have taken a good, long look at the internals and concluded that there’s no averting disaster in the fall. They’ve issued an internal memo that has made the rounds to Rahm et al with the dire news that there’s no turning this ship around before November, that barring some unforeseen miracle there’s really nothing that can be done to prevent at least one chamber of Congress from falling into Republican control.
Hence, the renewed push for socialized medicine, only now kamikaze-style. Obama and his fellow Democrats are saying in deed if not in word that they’re ceding electoral success in November, up to and including writing off control of Congress to the Republicans. The GOP is of course cheered beyond measure at this development, but this presents a tremendous short-term problem: Obama and his fellow Democrats have similarly morphed into people with nothing to lose that they likely won’t lose anyway, and have therefore become that much more dangerous. The clock is ticking, and the Dems know it. The question is whether the GOP has picked up on the Dems’ new scorched earth policy, and whether they have the means to stave off the assault.