This post will be short, but we wanted to get something up tonight. It’s been a disappointing day, but while some are despairing we are not. The odds of overcoming a super-majority in the senate, a massive majority in the house, and a president elected by a large margin were always very steep. But the battle was very nearly won, and because of the intense fighting the bill we ended up with was not as bad as what we may have had (yes, it’s plenty bad . . . but it could have been much worse).
There were many lessons learned (not least of which that there’s no such thing as a “pro-life” Democrat, Harry Reid and Bart Stupak taught us this), but this is what we learned most:
In the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans, we won. When this vote was finally taken, only 35% of American’s wanted it. One in five Democrats voted against it.
And we defeated the “public option” and that was the most vital part of the battle. In the end, what these so-called progressives got was a massive handout to insurance companies and a crazy plan based on the already-failing Romney-care in Massachusetts whose entire substance is pointing a gun at people and demanding that they buy insurance. (By the way, don’t forget in 2012 that Romney was no friend on this health-debate, even penning an op-ed in USA today advocating for a plan very similar to the one just passed.)
The way forward will be multi-faceted, but never forget, in the battle for the hearts and minds of America, we defeated them. Unfortunately, their power and corruption were too much to overcome, this round.
Make no mistake, overcoming this will be very difficult – but keep in mind that NJ and VA kicked out their Democrat Governers, Ted Kennedy’s seat was lost to a person (Scott Brown) whose primary platform was anti-Obamacare, and the Democrats who voted for this are headed for a slaughter in 2010.
What we have going for us right now is that the full program does not take effect for four years. In that time, this legislation will be bombarded and attacked non-stop.
The place that this legislation will be best challenged is not in the federal executive and legislative branches (at least not initially). It will be challenged in court on constitutional grounds (where our case is very strong), and it will be challenged by the states themselves (particularly by pissed-off Attorneys General who may just have the numbers to push a constitutional convention if necessary – it’s more possible than you think since this Bill assuredly bankrupts states which are already on the verge of insovency).
Do not lose hope. The fight was worth it. The momentum is still with us, and these Democrats will rue this day which will live in infamy.
Cry your tears tonight if you must, but get some good sleep and let your heart be at peace – then wake up tomorrow and sharpen your knives. We’re going right back at them.