Health Care Reform passed, and look what you got, GOP. Nothing.
I have been very critical of the presidents handling of this thing, but from where I am sitting right now, he is looking pretty good. I still think that he should have used the capital he had post election and just shot this thing through immediately. Instead we got the Town Hall Crazies last August that gave rise to Glenn Beck who fanned the flames of the Tea Party. All of this put Republican leadership into a position that working with the Pelosi and the President was tantamount to sitting down for schnitzel and borscht with Hitler and Stalin.
Well the bill passed regardless of the party of "no" said or did. Now what is going to happen when it becomes really popular, which it will. Entitlement programs are always really popular. Look at one of the big Republican talking points opposing Health Care Reform was that it would deplete Medicare. While that was stupid, but at least based somewhere on planet earth. Unlike their other talking points of "death panels", and this being the last stop from commie-brown shirts marching down your street.
I've never been a fan of David Frum, but I'm posting his post on blog because he seems to be one of the few conservative who hasn't lost his mind. I've seen him on Bill Maher, and know that he was a G.W. Bushie and a big proponent of the Iraq War, neither of these things will ever get you much love from me. But the current state of his GOP is beyond laughable, at this point it is sad, and Frum sees it. The Tea-partiers are people carrying Gadsdens Flags, getting all of their information from FOX and spouting ignorance about "my America", "liberty", "state's rights" and whatever other clap-trap their eating up with two spoons from the Becks, Palins and Limbaughs of the world. This is not what makes a strong opposition party, it makes a pathetic one. One which no thinking person, would want any part of or take seriously. And democracy needs dissenting voices to be strong especially our "2-party only" arrangement. Frum sees it, sees the wasted opportunity this bill provided, and sees that his party has become nothing but a group "to sell sleep number beds to" over the radio. Waterloo | FrumForum