Thursday, March 6, 2014

This is a Stretch

In case you didn't think that the President's critics weren't capable of going too far, here's William Voegeli reaching back as far as possible in order to make a convoluted point about nothing:
Such resigned cynicism is, of course, exactly what Barack Obama was supposed to deliver us from. “Hope and Change” meant hoping for that change. At the Iowa Democratic party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in November 2007, Obama gave a speech so well received it propelled him to victory in the Iowa caucuses, then to winning the presidential nomination and election. The candidate declared, “Telling the American people what we think they want to hear, instead of telling the American people what they need to hear, just won’t do.” Democrats, he said, have “always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people . . . when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose — a higher purpose.”
I sit here every single goddamned day, pissed off that what President Obama said in 2007 before the Iowa caucuses didn't exactly pan out, too. I have a well-worn printed copy of Obama's speech, and it has been hi-lited and thumbed through and memorized and cried over. There are stains on the pages--my tears of rage. I am so, so bummed.

The Barack Obama of 2007 didn't see the insanity of the modern Republican Party coming--no one did. No one could have predicted that a Tea Party takeover of the GOP would result in people like Ted Cruz being placed in charge of things. If you saw Ted Cruz coming in 2007, good for you. No one else did.

The thing about Obamacare is this--the hand was extended across the table. The process was opened up. And then the Republicans lost their minds and allowed their paranoia about someone inconveniencing their millionaire patrons and sent their phony grass roots people to townhall meetings and everything went south. The process of negotiating the details was excruciating. A lot of good ideas, like single payer insurance, were thrown out in order to appease Republicans. Compromises were made and the law was watered down.

And yet, none of the Republicans voted for it. They can't take any credit for the success so their obsession with speeches from 2007 looks as pathetic as it really is. This is the end of an intellectual argument that they were ill-equipped to have in the first place. This is their sunset and they know it.

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