The Democrats can’t say they weren’t warned:
But that’s not how they view/spin it.
No, no. Years of warnings, the rise of the Tea Party, countless townhall meetings, Scott Brown’s election, the 2010 mid-terms, and even the government shutdown itself weren’t warnings, but rather “sabotage“.
And they’re serious. In Liberal/Leftist/Democrat parlance, somehow standing in the middle of the road and screaming that the bridge is out is now the moral equivalent of cutting your brake lines.
This argument is ridiculous on its face, but we ignore it to our detriment. We’ve all seen the Left advance revised history before, niggling facts be damned. Consider the Civil Rights fight as one of the more classic examples:
And just as the Dems managed to steal undue credit for that which they staunchly opposed back then, so do they now seek to avoid blame for that which they’re wholly responsible.
The Wall Street Journal recently had two articles extrapolating on this idea. The always brilliant James Taranto put the initial lie to Liberals’ claims of Republican “sabotage”:
“…The story Goldstein and Eilperin tell is one not of GOP sabotage but of Obama administration self-sabotage. The geniuses who were sure they were capable of running the entire medical industry were so unnerved by the prospect of political opposition that at every stage of the way they undermined the president’s own signature “achievement.”
This is in part a story of political incompetence and hubris. Obama and his allies in Congress were unable to win a single Republican vote–and it doesn’t seem to have occurred to them that a monstrously complicated law enacted by a slender partisan majority might prove especially difficult to implement.
As Obama himself admitted yesterday in a rare truthful statement: “Now, let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t realize that passing the law was the easy part.“
Peggy Noonan picked up where Taranto left off, with a warning for the GOP to not allow history to be re-imagined by the Democrats, as they frantically try to extract themselves from a disaster completely of their own making:
“…Still, Republicans should take the sabotage charge seriously, because it is not a claim aimed at the consideration of the American people but of history. Democrats are admitting with this charge that ObamaCare is a disaster. They no longer want to argue that it is not. They are arguing that it is a disaster brought about by Republicans.
That will be what they argue for history and feed their journalistic historians.
As I remember it, the Democrats on Capitol Hill got the bill they wanted. They were heady, back in the majority, with a new and popular president, and they didn’t much care about GOP support. They wanted the credit: It was their bill. They wrote it in a way no Republican could support. And they got no Republican support. When Paul Ryan, who had emerged as the Republican point man, attempted to come forward with ideas, he was rebuffed.
The new president—and this was a key historic moment—decided not to act on the accumulated presidential wisdom of the ages, which is:
Get the other party in on all big things…”
This Utopian boondoggle is 100% owned by the Left: they created it, pushed for it, and lied about it. They went to extraordinary legislative lengths to circumvent the people’s wishes in order to pass it, and ignored each and every warning regarding it. Allowing them to escape culpability for it now would be historical malpractice of the worst sort.
They ordered this maggot-riddled mess of a meal. Heck, they wrote the menu.
And they should be forced to swallow every last bite of it.