Obama is clearly doubling down on his plans to push through a health-care bill, and his remarks today underscored just how partisan the once “post-partisan president” has become. Democrats are taking a huge risk here, and it is one that I think they won’t profit from. Let’s not forget — it is not as though Republicans have obstructed this bill against the wishes of the American people; poll after poll has shown just how unpopular these Democratic plans are. Furthermore, prior to the election of Scott Brown, with 60 Democrats in the Senate and a historic majority in the House, the only people stopping the bill from passing were Democrats themselves. The political reality is just terrible for Democrats.
What I find most astounding is how Democrats have passed up an opportunity to both reform health care and remain in a strong position by doing this with a more scaled-down, piece-by-piece process. The best thing the Democrats could do at this point is take the Republicans’ advice and hit the reset button. These bills are so toxic and so loaded down with nonsense that the American people will be outraged if they pass. Why not start over, bring Republicans on board for commonsense items like tort reform, and come out with a political victory and some change to the system?
Democrats have proven that they are their own worst enemies these last few months. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have a massive task in front of them and are hoping that this display of strength from the White House will help get their members in line to take a tough, likely disastrous vote. The real question is whether or not enough Democrats have it in them to stand up and say no.