Last week, Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen wrote a dead-on accurate article in the Washington Post about the cost of the mid-term elections if Democrats continue to push for the House to pass this health care bill over the well-voiced and well-documented objections of the American people:
[T]he battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.
Nothing has been more disconcerting than to watch Democratic politicians and their media supporters deceive themselves into believing that the public favors the Democrats’ current health-care plan. Yes, most Americans believe, as we do, that real health-care reform is needed. And yes, certain proposals in the plan are supported by the public.
However, a solid majority of Americans opposes the massive health-reform plan. Four-fifths of those who oppose the plan strongly oppose it, according to Rasmussen polling this week, while only half of those who support the plan do so strongly. Many more Americans believe the legislation will worsen their health care, cost them more personally and add significantly to the national deficit. Never in our experience as pollsters can we recall such self-deluding misconstruction of survey data. [Emphasis mine]
Given that so many Americans oppose this bill, so many have been so vocal about opposing it, and that it has been made clear to Congress and the President just what will happen if this monstrosity is forced upon us, one thing becomes very very clear. They can hear us. They just don’t care. And that bodes ill for us all.
If the Democrats are going to force into law a bill that is so unpopular with the public, what will they enact next?
And so it becomes all the more imperative to vote these preening popinjays out of office in November. Not just to send a message that they would have done better to listen to their constituents from the start, but also to prevent them from attempting the same thing with future legislation.
If this bill manages to pass the House, there are going to be numerous legislators who should start thinking now about looking for new jobs just before Thanksgiving. Because at this point, there are irreconcilable differences between the DC ruling elite and the rest of us.
While we are well beyond the “a la lanterne!” passions of centuries past, one can certainly picture a bevy of modern-day Madame DeFarges tweeting the names of every doomed Senator and Congressman in voting precincts across the country.
You’ll be able to identify her easily. She’ll be the one drinking tea.