Andrew presents the clip of Wolf Blitzer bewailing the patent, nigh comical unreadiness of Obamacare implementation (which Charles described earlier — the “wreck” before we even get to the “train wreck“). Rush also played it this afternoon, giving the report legs CNN usually doesn’t have. So now we have Obama’s own media advising that Obama should take the “advice” he’s gotten from Republicans (Wolf couldn’t quite bring himself to utter the words “Ted Cruz,” “Mike Lee,” or “House conservatives”) and delay Obamacare for another year.
Victor aptly observes that “the politics are likely to change the longer this [shut-down] drags on, and at some point Obama will see the writing on the wall.” That was the point those of us who’ve supported the defunding effort, even to the point of shutdown, made all along. Bipartisan Beltway wisdom holds that all things are static: Obamacare is the president’s legacy and he will never give an inch on it (as if he hadn’t given plenty already), Republicans only control one-half of one-third of the government (as if it weren’t the one-half of one-third that Obama needs for the spending he wants), the press will fully insulate the president (as if it could), and therefore the president will never move off his obstinacy (as if Gitmo had been shuttered, KSM had been tried in civilian court, the Bush tax cuts had been repealed . . .). To the contrary, and as repeatedly argued (see, e.g., here, here, and here), if we could get people beyond the fright over the specter of a “shut-down” that would certainly turn out to be not nearly as bad as Obama’s media told them it would be, make them understand the Republicans were willing — indeed, anxious — to fund the government at today’s exorbitant levels (see John’s post), and focus them on the fact that a mulish determination to impose the increasingly unpopular Obamacare law was the president’s rationale for keeping the government (very partially) shut-down, Obama’s position would become increasingly untenable. He has no principled argument against delay or defunding because he has already unilaterally delayed and defunded Obamacare. He has done it for the benefit of corporations, Congress, and cronies, rather than in fairness giving all Americans a reprieve — as Jon Stewart might say, “Where’s my social justice?” And, as everybody including the president well knew, the system is obviously not ready for implementation. How unreasonable can it be, even for a Cro-Magnon conservative, to ask for a delay in the implementation of something that is presently incapable of being implemented?