-Updated update (1st update at the bottom)- Don’t think I am not confident we can win in November and get this bill repealed. I am. My point is that if all we are going to do is point fingers trying to blame this guy or that for the bill passing then we will lose, and lose big. The people who passed the bill are the Dems, they should be the target. We get to eat the blame for letting them get into a position to do so.
The Other McCain has a post this morning entitled “They Should’ve Listened to Rush” which links an American Spectator piece blaming the passage of Health Care Reform on the GOP attendance at the Blair House summit.
I know everyone wants to affix blame, but this is the wrong place to do it. Want to know the people to blame. The people who sat out the election because they were pissed at John McCain, the GOP for being such pusses in congress when they had control, people who thought that Stupak couldn’t be bought, the jackasses who undercut the GOP when they actually are doing something worthwhile. In other words it’s our fault. We handed congress to Pelosi and Reid, and then in a flurry of further self-flagellation we turned around and gave Obama the White House.
We’re to blame, and it is going to get worse.
Here are the facts – more Americans identify as conservative than liberal, and more people now identify as pro-life than pro-choice, but the GOP and conservatives pull far below Obama and the Dems in popularity and that is what drives most peoples votes, not studied consideration of the issues. Currently the GOP is polling at +10 on the generic congressional ballot. That election is 7 1/2 months out and the major item that was driving is now off the table. It now becomes harder for the GOP to take the house and senate. Not impossible but harder. They will need support, but articles like the one in the Spectator already indicate they won’t get it. So unless people remove their heads from various orifices we lose our chance to roll this bill back.
If on the other hand people can hold it together and assuming the GOP fields some decent candidates (unlike that loser Hayworth in AZ) then we have a good campaign issue with lots of ready made TV spots and we get a shot.
This is now a zero-sum game we win or we lose forever cuz if HCR isn’t repealed in Nov. it never will be, and if we lose the election because of the same old they aren’t pure enough for me BS then once again the blame lays on us.
-update-Hot Air has it right, elections have consequences, unfortunately as much as I like Sarah Palin and her message personally –
This is just the beginning of our efforts to take back our country. Consider yesterday’s vote a clarion call and a spur to action. We will not let America sink into further debt without a fight. We will not abandon the American dream to government dependency, fewer freedoms and less opportunity. Change is made at the ballot box. If we work together, we can renew our optimistic pioneering spirit, revive our economy, and restore constitutional limits.
I disagree with Ed Morrissey that she should be the standard bearer of change. She is just too unpopular with the non-hardcore conservatives. She is a great cheerleader at the moment but she isn’t ready to be a leader.