Saturday, August 8, 2009

Noonan and the Health Care Protestors

The Left has their talking points handy about the health care protestors rocking the world of legislators trying to pass the massive, and massively flawed, health care reform bill. Peggy Noonan makes a good observation about those talking points:
What has been most unsettling is not the congressmen’s surprise but a hard new tone that emerged this week. The leftosphere and the liberal commentariat charged that the town hall meetings weren’t authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee. But you can’t get people to leave their homes and go to a meeting with a congressman (of all people) unless they are engaged to the point of passion. And what tends to agitate people most is the idea of loss—loss of money hard earned, loss of autonomy, loss of the few things that work in a great sweeping away of those that don’t.

People are not automatons. They show up only if they care.

Obama has a fight on his hands he never anticipated; his reaction is unsettling and really shouldn't come as a surprise; the man came up through Chicago politics. Let's see if those tactics will work on a national playing field.

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