It’s kind of cute, almost, to see the brilliant wizards of Washington (and Manhattan) slowly catching up to the rest of us on Obama and Obamacare. Obamacare’s failure has been spectacularly clarifying and real, so much so that even an elitist struggles to ignore it. You know the geniuses I am referring to; they reside in the Jurassic media, Congressional offices, political consulting firms, hedge funds and in parts of the blogosphere. This group to which I allude includes pretty much everyone on the left side of the equation, and many of the beltway dwellers in the Republican establishment as well. Some are considered conservative, but only by the perverted grading curve inside the DC to Manhattan corridor. Dr. Krauthammer, are you paying attention?
All of them are enveloped in the fog of conventional wisdom and groupthink, bless their arrogant hearts. This is a mysterious force as powerful as it is flawed. True wisdom is rarely conventional, and convention is rarely wise.
Yet, these are our betters. Just ask them. They either rule us, or pontificate on those that do. Inside their bubble, an Ivy League diploma, and the requisite connections – plus a record of catastrophic failure – is the coin of the career realm. Armed with those, you can fail your way into semi-retirement with a fat professorship – plus government retirement benefits – well south of your 60th birthday. Or you become a millionaire lobbyist, journalist, lifetime congressman, or consultant. Having ever been right about anything is not required for such a career path. Why the hell would you bother to be right once in a while about anything? John Kerry hasn’t been, other than an ability to read a widow’s balance sheet accurately.
No, being right is only something that rubes and wacko birds, like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, bother to do. It’s what so called bombastic extremists like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are. To be right is to be a racist, which of course is what we know all tea baggers are, even our own Lloyd Marcus and Herman Cain, apparently. Ronald Reagan was right about almost everything, including liberal designs for socialized medicine (in 1961), but what does he know? He was just a ‘B actor’ and an amiable dunce, right?
Yet I digress. To be right is to understand reality.
What has been happening over the past eight weeks or so is a lifting of the veil of the paralyzing groupthink that has prevented almost all of Washington from understanding the reality that millions of us know – or have known – since early 2009. Truth be told, millions of us understood it when the junior Senator from Illinois, with a name strangely similar to the most wanted man in the world, burst onto the scene at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. Those who didn’t pick up on it in 04 figured it out sometime between his candidacy in the winter of 2007 and his inauguration in January of 2009. There were clues everywhere along the way. Obama was different, and not in a good way. And his plans for this country were different, also not in a good way. He’s talked about these plans for decades, from Columbia to Harvard Law to ACORN to Chicago public radio to Jeremiah Wright’s church, not to mention in his multiple ‘memoirs’ du jour. Obama Care is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of an Obama Presidency plus a Reid/Pelosi Congress. This is who these people are, period. All of this was bound to happen.
By definition, his presidency and his top priority were preordained to be total game changers. Why was this so hard to figure out inside Washington? Obama promised as much with his two primary campaign slogans, which were “fundamental change,” and of course “hope and change.” People knew this. It was precisely this recognition that fueled the town hall meetings of 2009, the Tea Party emergence almost simultaneously, and the 2010 mid term wipe out.
And Washington is always the last to know.
Almost all of these were driven by the proper fear of big government gone wild, and Obamacare was ‘exhibit A’ of that wildness. And yet, inside Washington, all of this, including the 2010 mid terms, were misunderstood until, well, maybe this week. It is just in the last few days have those inside the beltway started to figure out that this Obamacare stuff is not just another issue, and not merely a tech glitch. It is not just another piece of legislation, and it is not just some minor polling issue that will last a few news cycles. Fixing the damned website, which will not be done this week, will only make it more obvious.
Shazam! Who knew? Oh…wait. We did.
Even during the phony government shutdown, a non-event that obsessed everyone inside Washington, especially the Karl Rove driven GOP establishment, we knew. We fully understood that Cruz was right and that Obamacare’s reality would soon obliterate any memory of the shutdown. That was the point of what Cruz did in the first place, and yet the sorcerers inside Washington never could connect the dots. They never can, so captivated are they by focus groups and news cycles immersed in single-issue group think.
Again, always the last to know.
Now it appears that the bubble dwellers are slowly catching up. Recently, Krauthammer – along with George Will – issued separate mea culpas of sorts that begrudgingly conceded – although not in so many words – that Rush had it right in January of 2009 when he said “I hope he fails.” Most of his rube listeners got it right in 09 as I recall. And this week, in the left leaning Politico – a publication roughly the same age as Obama’s national career – we see that congressional Democrats are “mad” at Obama and worried he “can’t get the policy right.” Mark Begich, D-Alaska, admitted that “after the shutdown, Democrats were experiencing a euphoric high. We thought we had Republicans on the mat. We thought we were going to win back the House.” Now he realizes the House is gone, and perhaps the Senate as well.
Once again, always the last to know.
Meanwhile, the New York Time’s Thomas Edsall is among a number of commentators, from all over the ideological spectrum, wondering about Obamacare’s long-term impact on the very concept of big government liberalism itself. Edsall blames Obama and Obamacare and not the concept of big government itself, but this is progress on the reality sinking in front.
Well yes, ‘last to know’ becomes we told you so!
All of this revelation of course is partially the result of national polls showing that approval ratings for Obama and Obama Care are in a dazzling plunge. Bureaucratic Utopian health care is meeting reality, and reality is kicking its ass, as we knew it would. For those inside the beltway-Manhattan bubble, it is taking these polls to wake them up. In their counterfeit galaxy, polls always are more real than, say, reality. This is especially true now for Democrats facing re-election in 2014 in the Senate, and those in Red State House districts. They can see the mid terms from their office, and at least for the next year, they will be earnest students of reality. This will move them ahead in the class of those who are the last to know.
Which brings us to the last of the last – the very last – to know. This naturally includes Nancy Pelosi, Jay Carney, Debbie Sergeant Schultz and other mouthpieces for the regime. Using the Titanic as analogy, these are the barkers selling advance tickets for the midnight buffet, pretending to not notice the proximity of the North Atlantic to the Lido deck. This is what they are paid to do.
More disturbing, however, are those in the GOP establishment who are still more worried about shutdowns, past and future, than they are Obama Care present. Rove, John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and the like – still cringe at the mention of the names Cruz, Lee, Bevin and Bright – all the while remaining oblivious to the fact that the entire game is being turned upside down. They still don’t understand 2010, let alone Cruz’s 21 hours in the well. And they don’t yet have any situational awareness of 2014.
Washington elites. Always the last to know.