If the media can’t spin yesterday’s Obamabuki Theater as win for the Democrats, then it’s reasonable to assert that the GOP kicked Obamacare Butt.
Meanwhile, David Gergen admitted it was the best day the GOP had in years.
Pundette concludes “too much Obama” ruined the Obamathon. Maybe they’ll get a clue. (probably not.)
But he did offer an important reminder at the end, though the center and right of the electorate are not likely to forget it come November: “That’s what elections are for.”
Aint’ that the truth!
Yuval Levin at the NRO:
Third, an important part of the Democrats’ problem is that Obama himself is their only star, and this format is not working for him. He certainly seems engaged and well informed (even given a few misstatements of fact, at least one of which John Kyl made very clear.) But he doesn’t seem like the President of the United States—more like a slightly cranky committee chairman or a patronizing professor who thinks that saying something is “a legitimate argument” is a way to avoid having an argument. He is diminished by the circumstances, he’s cranky and prickly when challenged, and he’s got no one to help him. The other Democrats around the table have been worse than unimpressive.
Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan rocked. Matthew Continetti at TWS:
Obama didn’t even bother questioning Ryan’s presentation. He changed the subject to Medicare Advantage. The expression on the president’s face as Ryan made his case was absolutely priceless. Simply put, he looked like someone who realizes he’s met his match.
Quote of the year from Ryan:
Hiding spending doesn’t reduce spending.
It always has if you’re a Democrat.
Assorted brilliant commentary from the Potluck (come check us out):
The Dems relied on cheap emotional tricks, telling stories of constituents who had suffered needlessly under the cruel American free market system of health care. I know I said it earlier but the story about the woman who wore her dead sister’s teeth was just bizarre. As a southerner, I felt like the story played in to almost every negative southern stereotype going. I say almost because all it needed to complete it was a mention that the dead sister’s funeral was held in a trailer park down by the river.
I wondered about this: has the I’m-so-poor-I-have-to-wear-my-dead-sister’s-dentures lady ever heard of Medicaid?
You have to wonder how someone so supposedly intelligent can sit there while his side rambles on about why reform is needed–sob story after sob story, but can’t articulate why their bill is the only acceptable or even make a case for it being the best possible fix, while his side lies outright (and got called on it in front of everyone in this country), and still think that it’s a good idea to push on via a very questionable procedure that will create a huge outcry from the American people, one that he won’t have to wait for November to hear. Bizarre squared.
Agreed. But that’s why he sat there pickin’ his nose. At least he didn’t use his middle finger to do it.