“Guys, NOW you’re going to change the language of the mandate?” – Chuck Todd, “Daily Rundown”
They’re spiking the Kool-Aid in Obamaland tonight.
Preemptive freak out over what the Supreme Court hasn’t done yet is in full throttle.
Todd was referring to the White House starting again to use “individual responsibility provision” when referring to the individual mandate, which the Administration trotted out last summer.
On “Hardball” today, Todd went further, saying “this is already a win” for Republicans.
James Carville proclaimed to Wolf Blitzer there could be “nothing better to me than overturning this thing 5-4 and then the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.”
It’s not often you hear James Carville peddling wishful thinking.
Greg Sargent asks: How did so many commentators predicting this would be a slam dunk for the Obama administration get it so wrong?
Any presidential administration is touchy about criticism, with the reaction that books profiling the Obama presidency has gotten from the Administration offering a clue.
The reaction has been universally nuclear. Ron Suskind had a campaign run against “Confidence Men.” When “The Obamas” broke, First Lady Michelle Obama hooked up with Gayle King to do a preemptive hit, with Jodi Kantor having to defend herself with people who hadn’t even read it yet.
No one believes Pres. Obama can possibly miss a step and First Lady Michelle Obama is protective of his legacy, because, according to what’s been reported and written, she is convinced he’s a great man from whom great things are expected, which anyone can appreciate given his place in American history.
However, Pres. Obama and the administration were so sure about their health care bill they didn’t do a concerted selling job with a campaign around it to even explain it.
You can say a lot about Justice Scalia, but his crack parroting the GOP about the Eighth Amendment and the 2,700 pages of ACA being “cruel and unusual punishment” was fitting, especially since the American people still don’t understand what’s in it.
E.J. Dionne lectures liberals today, that’s right “liberals,” on the futility of “catering” the right.
Liberals should learn from this display that there is no point in catering to today’s hard-line conservatives. The individual mandate was a conservative idea that President Obama adopted to preserve the private market in health insurance rather than move toward a government-financed, single-payer system. What he got back from conservatives was not gratitude but charges of socialism ““ for adopting their own proposal.
Liberals should learn about not catering to hard-line conservatives? Is Mr. Dionne kidding?
Most Democrats won’t even call themselves liberals anymore, while progressives and movement progressives long ago decided it was a radioactive term. John F. Kennedy wouldn’t use the term until he needed Eleanor Roosevelt, so this is tradition with the Democratic Party.
But let’s remember the left was raising the roof over Obama’s backroom deals, the rise of Sen. Max Baucus, which foreshadowed this week’s so-called “train wreck” at the Supreme Court, while progressives continued to make the case for a broader health care bill, which the public backed according to every single poll taken at the time.
From TPM we get a quote from Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal that is one for the books:
“The court commands no armies, it has no money; it depends for its power on its credibility. The only reason people obey it is because it has that credibility. And the court risks grave damage if it strikes down a statute of this magnitude and importance, and stretches so dramatically and drastically to do it.”
The Supreme Court appointed the president in 2000 and they survived. They’ll survive this, too.
But let’s remember, all of this caterwauling comes after the fact and with absolutely no knowledge as to what the Supreme Court will actually do.
But people need to quit acting like there wasn’t fair warning.
The professional left told them so and we were by no means alone.
TM Note: A draft version of this column mistakenly posted earlier.