Brain dead media and Obamacare
Left unmentioned is the desperation implicit in the homogenized talking points making the rounds. The bipartisan veneer constituting the current blathering is so absurd on its face that it ought to be met with guffaws rather than rapt reporting. From Obama's seven-hour healthcare bore-a-thon with Republicans to Pelosi's inane utterance that the massive bill will be bipartisan without a single Republican vote to Reid's mumblings about reconciliation, current Democratic efforts are so clearly a desperate attempt to create the appearance of momentum that said effort ought to be the focus of the story.
Indeed, with a winning hand so difficult to discern-if the healthcare bill passes Democrats are likely to lose big at the polls come fall while if it fails Obama's reelection contends with an ineffectual mantle-one would think someone in the MSM would notice this doubling down on a bad bet and ask why. What justifies a large wager on a bad hand?
Only one thing does: Democrats see their healthcare bill as a route to permanent political ascendency. Once they control sixteen percent of the economy and have all of America suckling at the federal teat, patronage born of a vast new bureaucracy, other carrots, and certainly sticks can be employed to make permanent that brave new world. Remaining Republicans, already proving emasculated where reining in Medicare expenses are concerned, would be left with little choice but to gently apply the brakes when expedient to do so.
So there the Democrats sit like a monkey grasping a coconut contained in a staked jar, too intent on their prize to let go despite all the consequences looming. The American people clearly don't want their healthcare tampered with, political Pollyannas are painting pretty pictures that are not particularly congruent with reality, while most in the media ignore the patent power play, pretending the issue is a simple matter of moving uninsured from column A to B. Another proud moment for the Fourth Estate.