But back to Massachusetts and Martha Coakley. As a lifelong resident, I am well aware that the Massachusetts "solution" to health care is not the wildly popular program the elites like to make it seem. Obama, in fact, nailed it dead on when campaigning here in the primary in 2008: "Somehow I find it hard to believe that poor peole don't have health insurance simply because no one has yet forced them to buy it." And yet it is exactly this wildly unpopular concept that has been woven into the industry-approved health insurance bailout now bubbling on congress' front burner. My wife and I pay $10,000 a year for insurance just for the two of us--and that is not at all uncommon. They may not run in power circles, but many people I know pay the fines instead of buying the insurance--they have no choice.
Working people, poor people, are very, very angry--and they simply don't see saving this lousy legislation as a reason to go to the polls on a snowy day in January. As far as the grassroots progressives, whose vaunted people power supposedly catapulted Obama into office? Though they lapped up his best seller, Audacity of Hope, they are not lining up for pre-orders on the sequel, The Audacity of Bombing the Crap Out of Everyone for their Own Damn Good. Democrats have stupidly squandered an incredible opportunity. The populist anger is still very real, but they have ceded it to the right in one of the worst performances in modern politically history. If they want to save their party, they had better take a much more radical turn--and fast. History doesn't wait.
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