Jay Nordlinger at NRO's The Corner:
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Democrats’ Mistake
Let me try something out on you: This health-care summit was a bad idea for the Democrats for this reason: They have long benefited from a perception — a perception greatly abetted by the media: The Republicans don’t care about health care, they don’t know about health care, they are the Party of No. All the ideas and caring are on the Democratic side.
It is not so, and it has never been so. And now everybody knows it.
I agree with Jay Nordlinger's take. Question: did Barack believe the propaganda? believe Repubs would be unable to muster reasoned arguments in their favor? Was Barack taken by surprise? Or, conversely: did Barack know Repubs had solid arguments, and nevertheless count on Kabuki theater to help build national and Senate support for reconciliation?