Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

Obama’s False Witness

President Barack Obama speaks about health-care reform at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner in Washington, D.C., September 26, 2009. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
In accusing the Right of lying about health care, the Left shows its disregard for the truth

Count on it: If liberals lose on health care — either because no major legislation passes or because they consider whatever legislation does pass inadequate — they are going to blame the loss on a campaign of deception by their critics. While liberals have more political power now than at any point in at least three decades, they also have a generation of experience at being sore losers. So the town-hall protesters are going to be 2009’s version of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Bush v. Gore, or the people who ran the Willie Horton ads: a way for …

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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