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Ladies and gentlemen: your infinitely cunning Democratic Party

Posted by Thomas Nephew on March 14th, 2012

So I listen to Chris Van Hollen tonight, and he’s “asked about” health care reform — i.e., the moderator shuffles a bunch of question cards people submitted and then boils some of them down to a key word.

Van Hollen starts shaking his head and says (paraphrasing) “”Obamacare” was really patterned on *Romney*care; Obama’s going to be able to look at Romney in a debate and say “this is your plan.” Yes, what a stirring moment that will be for Democrats.

Then he added “*Democrats* wanted Medicare for all.”  Golly!  If only they’d had the White House and both houses of Congress, they could… have… never mind.

3 Responses to “Ladies and gentlemen: your infinitely cunning Democratic Party”

  1. Nell Says:

    The more I think about this the more it burns my bacon. The health care fight was only _three years ago_ and they think they can pull this “who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes” b.s.

    *Some* elected Democrats wanted Medicare for all, that’s true: Dennis Kucinich, and maybe about ten other House members did any fighting at all for single payer. But elected “Democrats” as a whole and the organizations that mobilized actual Democrats for the campaign stayed in the veal pen, where the (imaginary) public option was projected as the most progressive demand possible.

    The whole thing played out as I glumly predicted. Next time I’m in Cassandra mode I’ll also include this kind of memory-washing that official Democratic Party types like Van Hollen are sent out to do in election season.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Hi Nell! …I got a little lost and then a little depressed trying to figure out what the hell I was talking about with “arguable counterproof by counterexample” in my comment about your post. But I’m over that now! — Have to tell you, they don’t just think they can pull this, they may be right. At least, I had the distinct feeling I was one of maybe 2 or 3 people in the room who saw any kind of irony to the Romneycare comment, or any kind of revisionism to the Medicare one.

    PS: drop by, that’s where I do more writing — though I try to keep it dry and level there. Also sometimes some worthwhile video (

  3. kcbill13 Says:

    Good comment on Democrats!

    I just listened to the Obama speechifying, and although I no longer believe, I am dam’n tired of the Vote for me because the other guy is so terrible, it is dangerous not to vote for me…

    I wanted at least the public option, but Obama has no real principles he is willing to fight for, so does voting for him really help?

    color me disgusted and not buying the fear of the rethug…

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