Jeez, it ain't easy being a Democrat these days, trying to defend the indefensible. But they try, and despite the unonditional support of the media, these poor bastards are getting their heads handed to them by a disbelieving public.
Things are especially tough in Missouri, where the residents of the "Show Me" state don't like what they are seeing. Senator Claire McCaskill had her office call the police on anti-ObamaCare protestors, then was forced to offer an apology afterwards to angry constituents (although it came across as quite half-hearted).
Faring even worse was Democrat Rep. Russ Carnahan of Missouri (the Carnahans, since the untimely death of Senator Mel, have become the self-styled Kennedys of the Midwest), who held a forum in St. Louis to explain ObamaCare:
As Carnahan speaks, he is repeatedly laughed at and jeered by the crowd as he says the ObamaCare Plan will actually help reduce health care spending, and that one-half the cost can be paid for by savings the plan will produce. At the end, one member of the audience shouts out to Carnahan, "if it's so good, why doesn't Congress have to be on it!"
Ouch. More here.
And it ain't just Missouri. Let's go to Maryland, where Senator Cardin held a town hall and got kicked in the teeth by an attendee:
Senator Cardin, I want to know are you going to tell me an individual...that I have to buy health care or else you're going to fine me $2,500 every year I don't get it? Our founding fathers assured us we have a Bill of Rights and I want to see you uphold that," Broadus said in an increasingly emotional voice and to scattered applause.
Cardin's response: What's the Bill of Rights?
"I just think the overriding public interest is to require you and everyone in this country to have health insurance," Cardin said.
Let's see how that answer - insurance by threat of jail time - appeals to the American people.
Folks, it's one thing when policies are debated by groups holding different ideals and ideologies. It's another thing when members of the ruling party are mocked as liars and petty tyrants every time they show their face in public. It hasn't happened in this country, not in my memory.
And it's a good thing - especially as the media refuses to play its role in safeguarding the public from flim-flammers posing as actors for the public welfare. Mockery and derision is appropo here, and well deserved.
How will Obama and the Democrats respond? By reacting to the public's concern, or by ramming their policies down our throats? The course they choose will say much about their attitude towards democracy, and the people they govern.