Update: A video for the Obama Hopium guzzlers who don’t understand what we wrote today.
Stupak now admits there is nothing to stop Obama from rescinding his Executive Order. The “pro-life” Stupak will learn what the “pro-choice” betrayed know:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
It’s not only 2010, it’s also 2012:
Of the 33 Senate seats up in 2012, 24 are currently held by Democrats or Independents who caucus with them. What’s more, all of the first-term Senators in this class were elected in a mid-term cycle and will likely face a different electorate in a presidential year.
All up in 2012: Tester, Webb, McCaskill, Byrd, Kohl, Akaka, Brown, Cantwell, Casey, Stabenow, Nelso, Nelson, Conrad, Klobuchar, Lieberman, and Menendez.
And these are the Obama broken promises that Republicans will feature in campaign ads in 2010:
Betrayal. No matter what side of the abortion divide you stand on, you were betrayed. “Pro-choice,” “Pro-Life,” “Anti-abortion,” “Women’s Rights,” those became near-meaningless labels last night. The only divide which mattered was “Betrayed,” and “Betrayers.”
Now the “betrayers”, meaning the Obama Dimocratic Party, have to pay the consequences for their “Night of the Long Knives.” The Arrogance! and paternalism of the treacherous enterprise – “we know best and we’re doing what we want for your own good, and you will have to like it because we had to pass something/anything” – has a close historical analogy to the forced feeding of the Suffragettes. To make us all forget the force feeding of last night, shiny objects will be displayed.
The first line of defense against the American people, will be bamboozlement. Expect many events to “celebrate” the horror of last night and convince the imprisoned they should be grateful for their sparkling, new gilded cage.
“Now, they hope, the discussion will finally shift in their favor. [snip]
But in fact, the political battle is just beginning.
The party now must live or die with its landmark legislation in hundreds of congressional districts across the country, in the most hostile midterm election climate Democrats have faced since the Republican landslide year of 1994.
“Given that Democrats have basically lost the healthcare messaging fight for the last year, I’m not sure why we should think they will begin to win over the next seven months,” said Charlie Cook, one of Washington’s leading election handicappers.”
As we wrote in an early hour update , every Medicare patient that has to wait for treatment or appointment, every medical bill, every stabbing pain, every bureaucratic outrage, every unctuous yet unresponsive bureaucrat, every medical payment, is now blood on Obama Dimocratic hands.
Last night “Republicans were not rejoicing” but they were not unhappy either.
“To their mind, passing a sweeping healthcare overhaul in the face of negative public opinion — and turning legislative somersaults to accomplish the feat — only served to underscore the arrogance and obtuseness of the Democratic majority.
“Their choice was to pass bad legislation or prove they’re incapable of governing,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster who works closely with the party’s House and Senate leadership. Moreover, he said, the effort was off point; by far the greatest concern of most voters is the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment rate. [snip]
For Democrats, the next several months will be spent trying to hold down their losses, which makes passage of the gargantuan healthcare bill all the more audacious — especially when the chief animating force in politics today is a profound mistrust of Washington and anger over the expansive growth of government, embodied by the rise of the “tea party” movement.”
Obama Dimocrats believe that they can impose their will with a paternalistic pat on the head on a free people. Obama Dimocrats believe they can make someone who does not like something like it by describing how bad things would be otherwise. It’s a forced feeding.
“But it’s hard to benefit politically just because things don’t turn out as bad voters feared.
Consider last year’s economic stimulus package, which experts say prevented a steep economic downturn from being a whole lot worse. Obama and Democrats have received little credit for their rescue effort; to the contrary, the stimulus and serial bailouts that began under President George W. Bush have only fueled populist anger.”
Obama Dimocrats in the last hour played the race card. Defiantly marching through angry protesters, Nancy Pelousy and the once respected, once courageous, John Lewis (who due to fear and racial politics betrayed Hillary to endorse “”Johnny-come-lately” Obama) tried vainly to invoke the glory days of the civil rights era as a rationale for Obamination health scam:
“Even so, Democrats must have in the back of their minds the memory of President Lyndon Johnson who, upon signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, said his party had lost the South for a generation. It’s been longer than that, though few today would question the rightness of outlawing racial segregation in theaters, restaurants, hotels and other public places.
That may prove cold comfort, however, for Democrats who cast an aye vote Sunday and, as a result, may have to await history’s verdict in forced retirement.”
What has been invoked is not the glory days of the civil rights movement but rather the most hated days of the now dead “forced busing” mandates. Whether or not forced busing was done for a “good purpose” Americans don’t like to be forced to do anything that violates their sense of “the consent of the governed”.
Obama Dimocrats would have done themselves well by studying the mandated “forced busing” disaster which did not achieve the aims set out and indeed can be said to have been counterproductive to those aims. The lesson is not Selma, but South Boston.
Before the Sunday night of the long knives the anger was visible. Dimocrats chose to ignore the righteous anger and went ahead with their “we know best” Arrogance! Last night Obama Dimocrats achieved their low aims of passage of a bill, any bill:
“The question is at what cost.[snip]
The lengthy and rancorous debate has inflicted considerable damage on the president and his party. It helped spark the grass-roots “tea party” movement and generated angry town hall meetings last summer that led to some opponents painting Obama as a socialist and a communist for advocating a greater government role in the health-care industry. The issue now is whether final passage of the legislation — Senate leaders say they will take up the reconciliation bill this week — will cause more harm or begin a turnaround in the Democrats’ fortunes heading toward the November midterm elections.
This is not how the struggle over health care was supposed to unfold.”
“Forced feeding” and “forced busing” were not “supposed to unfold” the way they did either. Conservatives and independents are not happy with the Obamination. True liberals are not happy with the Obamination either:
“Liberals say the bill should have created a government alternative to private insurance; conservatives decry an increase in taxes and expensive new government programs.”
Big Media will defend Obama and say that Obama is in the “sweet spot of the middle” because both sides hate the Obamaination. But forced payments of taxpayer dollars to Big Insurance will prove as popular and as viable as forced feedings and forced busing.
“Democrats are afraid of failure and nervous about what success could bring. They fear substantial losses in November, with their majorities in the House and Senate possibly at risk if the country turns even more negative toward the administration and its policies. Republicans vow to continue challenging the program at the state and national levels.”
Social Security and Medicare and Civil Rights legislation passed with bipartisan majorities. Not so with the Obamination betrayal of last night. Republicans and Independents are now fully invested in ceaseless war on a program true Liberals know stinks like the Chicago stockyards of Obama and Rezko.
“The House approved the Medicare bill on a vote of 313 to 115, including 65 Republicans — nearly half the GOP caucus at the time. The Senate approved the measure by 68 to 21, including 13 of the 27 Republicans.
Social Security passed the House in 1935 by 372 to 77. On that vote, 77 Republicans joined the majority and 18 Republicans opposed it. In the Senate, the vote was 77 to 6, with five of 19 Republicans in opposition.”
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March is National Women’s History Month. As the month began we quoted the aims of this year’s National Women’s History Month theme: “The overarching theme for March 2010 is Writing Women Back into History.”
Barack Obama wrote women back into history by finally doing something Hillary could not do: sign an executive order on abortion which betrays every principle of what used to be a “core Democratic value”.
The moribund, trying to wake itself up National Organization for Women, managed to rouse itself sufficiently to type out a tepid statement of “incensed” hollow outrage:
“”President Obama campaigned as a pro-choice president, but his actions today suggest that his commitment to reproductive health care is shaky at best,” NOW pres. Terry O’Neill wrote in a statement. “Contrary to language in the draft of the executive order and repeated assertions in the news, the Hyde Amendment is not settled law … The message we have received today is that it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women, and we couldn’t disagree more.”
The Suffragettes wretch at these modern day poseurs.
“Pro-life”, “anti-abortion” Americans felt the sting of betrayal too, though they appear to be much more vocal and much more “incensed.” “Pro-life”, “anti-abortion” Americans have not lost their sense of outrage unlike the “leadership” of those of us on the “pro-choice” side.
The president of the once honorable Democratic Party (died in Denver 2008) codified into law what he swore to eliminate during the primary campaign. Women, on both sides of the abortion debate, were nothing more than bargaining chips. The “bros” politically and medically screwed the “hos”.
Barack Obama vowed to Planned Parenthood to eliminate the Hyde Amendment he will now codify in an Executive Order. Jane Hamsher:
“Unfortunately, with this legislation, women’s reproductive rights were sacrificed for corporate profits. There’s no other way to say it. And the party alone is not to blame. It could not have happened without the cooperation of pro-choice groups, who failed to mobilize and did little but issue press releases and fundraise in the wake of the biggest assault on women’s reproductive rights in 35 years. Their complete capitulation is symptomatic of the crisis that the passage of this bill has triggered on the left. Liberal interest groups across the board sacrificed the interests of their members, and, in the end, acted as little more than enforcers for PhRMA and the insurance companies, or sat mute in exchange for personal sinecures and carve-outs.”
Finally the Jane Hamsher’s of the fake left begin to understand just how on target we at Big Pink have been (read “Women, Gays, Jews: WAKE UP!”) when we documented that Women, Gays, and Jews (and African-Americans and the Young and the Elderly) have been “betrayed by their leadership due to cronyism or incompetence or cowardice (often all three)“. Remember NARAL and “Mainline Treachery”?:
“The essential fact that must be remembered is that the mainline Women groups, the mainline Gay groups, and to a much lesser extent some mainline Jewish groups (Jewish Americans are betrayed more often by fake “leaders” like Robert Wexler. See HERE and HERE.) have stopped fighting for their constituencies in order to shill for Obama’s Dimocratic Party. [snip]
These mainline groups and their treacheries to their constituencies are easily understood by considering last Thursday’s Gay Fundraiser for Obama Dimocrats which raised more money for Obama Dimocrats that the previous year when Obama Dimocrats were at least serving worthless soon-to-be abandoned promises, not unfulfilled ones. Hillary supporters recall Kate Michelman and NARAL and their various treacheries: they abandoned a long time strong champion of their issues in order to support a “present” voting Obama.
African-Americans too have been abandoned by their mainline groups….”
More from Jane Hamsher:
“But it is a national shame that a Democratic President who pledged the repeal of the Hyde Amendment would proudly issue an executive order affirming it. How far we’ve come since 2007, when Barack Obama swore that his first act in office would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act.”
It’s much more than a shame, it’s a betrayal!
The betrayal is to all sides of the abortion divide. The fight will continue in the courts and in the streets and at the ballot box. As with “forced busing” and “forced feeding” appeal will be made to the courts for years to come. “Repeal” will be the rallying cry in November. The treacherous will be punished no matter how silvery their tongues. The “pro-life” side has a grassroots organization that will punish Bart Stupak for his betrayal in the streets and the ballot box. The “pro-choice” side is left with nothing… but words.
“Pro-choice” or “Pro-life”, “abortion rights” or “anti-abortion” we were all betrayed. It’s not about Stupak and his dead career. We were all betrayed – whatever side of the divide.
March is National Women’s History Month. Barack Obama and his Dimocrats celebrated last night by writing a new chapter, of forced feeling, into history.
Women’s History Month has had a new chapter written too. The new chapter is called “Betrayal”.