Pauline Kael, the former film critic for The New Yorker, raised the bar for political folly when she expressed astonishment at President Richard Nixon’s election sweep in 1972. “How could that be?” she demanded. “I don’t know a single person who voted for him.” This was a president who won a land-slide victory of 49 out of 50 states and she didn’t know one person who voted for him
As mystifying as Nixon’s victory was for Pauline Kael in 1972, it is equally as mystifying in 2010 to find a Democrat running for re-election who voted for Obamacare.
According to Michael Barone, surveys of ads run by candidates indicate that not a single Democrat has run an ad bragging about the health-care bill since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did last April. At least five House Democrats are running ads bragging about their votes against Obamacare. Another handful of candidates are running campaigns that do not even identify themselves as Democrats.
Ironically, this may be the first election in American history where Republicans and a majority of Democrats are campaigning on the same issues – the debacle of Obamacare and the Stimulus, runaway spending, soaring deficits, government bailouts and fiscal recklessness.
- Some Democrats Not So Hopeful About ObamaCare (reason.com)
- Dems running away from killer bunny ObamaCare; officials in DC can’t identify a single House member who’s running an ad boasting of a “yes” vote (theblogprof.blogspot.com)
- Strassel: Why Democrats Can’t Win on Taxes (online.wsj.com)