Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The poll that counts the most

The chattering classes have spent a lot of time over the past several months trotting out and trumpeting various polls on the subject of health care reform. A herculean media effort has been made to completely erase the memory of the poll that should matter most...the 2008 presidential election.

Obama garnered about 70 million votes in an election that featured the highest voter turnout since 1968, that's forty years. He carried or tied every single age group in the electorate except the over 65 crowd. He staked his candidacy on health care reform. He won, and then he followed through on his campaign promise. That's the way it works sometimes; that's the way I wished it worked all the time.

Obama's opponents have done everything but engage Obama on the issues. They've indulged themselves and their fringe with cheap theatrics; they've turned ideas like socialism and facism into cartoon caricatures; they've lamely cloaked themselves under the mantle of victimhood; they've practiced ad nauseum the pose of outrage; they've hyperventilated about how how things are being jammed down the throats of the American people, about how Obama has frozen the GOP out of the process, and about how a rising tide of populist anger will sweep him and his ilk out of Washington in the next election cycle. Meanwhile Obama has refused to be baited; he's perservered - in short, he's behaved like the only the only adult in room.

Know what?...Elections are supposed to matter. I'm glad that all of us who voted for Barack Obama can say that in this instance anyway, we got what we voted for. I'm proud of the guy.


Blogger helane said...

An eloquent writer, you are, Kevin.


Strunk n' White would be proud.

8:09 PM  

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