One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess-- for a program that would not take effect until 2013! . . .A familar tactic known as the fait accompli -- it is always more effective to act, and then explain your action as a thing already done, than to seek permission to act.
If we do not believe that the President is stupid, then what do we believe? The only reasonable alternative seems to be that he wanted to get this massive government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it. . . . .
This tactic is beloved of school boards and county commissions. Enact the potentially controversial new policy without calling too much attention to the change, knowing that repealing a policy is a task more difficult than arguing against a change in policy. The status quo always has the best of the argument against novelty -- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and the "better the devil we know," etc. -- and so local goverments are always doing things this way.
This just doesn't work in the glare of national politics, when trying to pull a fast one against organized opposition. The Clintons came out of Little Rock accustomed to always having their own way, and were blindsided by the opposition in Washington. I'm thinking Obama was too used to the way things were done in Chicago and Springfield, and is now learning the same lesson the Clintons learned. What I can't understand is how someone as cagey as Rahm Emanuel miscalated so badly.