The Campaign Spot

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Pelosi and Reid Can Only Blame Themselves . . . But They Won’t


Over on the home page, a conclusion from attending yesterday’s “Red Alert” rally: The Tea Party crowd began this process disliking the health-care bill, but what’s really driving their current fury over it is the degree to which a majority in both houses of Congress have refused to listen to the skeptics or engage those who think it’s a bad idea.

Every step of the process, the leaders of the majority have engaged in the worst possible responses – avoiding meetings with skeptical voters, clinging to talking points in the face of counterarguments, attacking the motives of the critics, demonizing them as extremists, un-American, etc. If they had treated the concerns that the plan will only expand bureaucracy and increase costs with respect from the beginning, the debate would be quite different today.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mitt Romney , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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