We are assured that the Democratic Party messaging - a machine known for identifying and using specific keywords market tested to evoke the strongest response - is effective and really pretty faultless in getting their troops behind the talking points.
So what went wrong when the cadaverous one announced with as strong a voice as he could muster given the state of his gonads, uh, vocal chords, that the horror stories related to ObamaCare and people losing the insurance plans they so very much liked and their health being negatively affected as a result being untrue?
Harry Reid’s comments unleashed a firestorm that brought not just patients who lost their health insurance out of the woodwork, but doctors who have not been invited to join insurance plans and who themselves lost coverage they liked onto the dreaded FoxNews network to tell their stories. (Greta had a good segment last night.)
Did someone in the Democratic Party actually think that blaming billionaire oil magnates for advertising stories relevant to the American people was going to outweigh human tragedy as a compelling message? Those words don't count when people lose health insurance through no fault of their own.
Consider how the statement was crafted:
"Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America," said Reid.
"The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that's an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It's absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month--ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.
"We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it's ruining in Republicans' stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But in those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.
"Mr. President, these two brothers are trying to buy America. They not only funnel money through their Americans for Prosperity, they funnel money into all kinds of organizations to do the same thing that they're doing. They're trying to buy America. I don't believe america is for sale. We'll see, Mr. President."
Nah, no playing politics or class envy invoked there.
Forget that there is no “good news” as related to ObamaCare. Note the wording: “trying to buy America,” and “paid for by oil magnates.” In some contexts, those buzzwords send blood pressure flying through the roof - especially among liberals. America really isn’t for sale despite the Chinese owning so much our debt, and the Japanese overbuying that happened some years back. On that, left and right agree. Big oil trying to set things up to their advantage...that’s an old message. It usually works. Why not try it, right?
Well, because THIS time, it’s not an excuse or scapegoat that makes any sense.
What, did nobody on the Dem side think to come up with a new set of buzzwords for this topic? Just recycle the tried and true and assume it's going to work in a situation never before created? That's taking reduce, reuse and recycle to ridiculous ends. Every now and then something fresh would work better.
The “Affordable Care” Act, which is neither affordable or caring (that doesn’t fit the Dem talking points either) is directly responsible for the cancellation of millions of Americans’ health insurance policies - ones they liked and were assured by the Obama regime that they could keep. It is affecting every sort of American there is. Left, right, supporters, detractors, people who believed they could keep their plans and people who knew better. This entire exercise started with a lie. And then to defend it with more lies, well as Daffy Duck puts it:
It’s easy to say that the story here is that Senators Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Chris Murphy and their House of Representatives colleagues are lying about lying, but, really, how many of these guys come up with their own talking points? Note that in all the videos, and the Twitter pic below that they are READING. (Great catch by Chris Wallace, Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Geraldo on Fox & Friends this morning.)
This came from the party, not the minions.
(#ACAworks? Talk about a hashtag that sucks.)
And then today from the regime comes even more marching orders: ATTACK! After all, it’s worked before..
Stunning, isn’t it, to watch Alinsky tactics backfire? This one is too big to isolate, tell the exact opposite of the truth and then project without millions of hands landing on hips and heads shaking all over America at the sheer audacity. And that the left is too blind to see that...time to enjoy the fallout.
So, yes, it was the height of hubris, presumption, chutzpah (Thesauruses are getting a workout with this group of Democrats in power) to claim that ordinary citizens are lying when they describe their experiences with ObamaCare. But, really, did Harry think that one up himself?
Oh, and Harry and Chuckie - ObamaCare is most definitely a 2014 midterms issue.