Of course, the president didn't do himself any favors when he blamed liberals for holding him to his "hope and change" promises which included a public option as a part of health care reform. To use a baseball metaphor, Obama swings, and that is strike one!
Under my plan, Americans will be able to choose to maintain their current coverage if they choose to. For those without health insurance I will establish a new public insurance program, and provide subsides to afford care for those who need them.
If they wonder about the voter turnout among the Obama coalition of 2008, they should start here. Of course, the White House decided that the best way to ensure that they would get out the vote was to chastise liberals for daring to hold Obama to his campaign promises, like the aforementioned health care.
When I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying ... 'the health care plan didn't have a public option', and ... 'the financial reform -- there was a provision here that I think we should have gotten better', or, 'you know what, yes, you ended the war in Iraq, the combat mission there, but you haven't completely finished the Afghan war yet', this or that or the other, I say 'folks, wake up'.
Yeah, nothing fires up the base like blaming them for your political cowardice. And nothing fires up the base more than having the VP repeat the same attack against the very people whose support you will need in the fall election cycle.
Obama and his administration revealed that they were more worried about the concerns of the Tea Party Republicans, than they were of their own supporters. In the national media Tea Party Republicans where being hailed for their anger against the establishment, while the liberals are pushed to the back of the bus because for being angry with the president and his unfulfilled campaign promises. And this is another swing and a miss by Obama, strike two.
The last point I would like to make is about getting out the message. Obama was said to have used the internets to his advantage in his run for the White House. And yet in the subsequent election cycle he appears to have forgotten all that they knew, or whomever was working for them joined the Republicans in 2010.
Allow me to explain. I like to think of myself as an average voter, I actually read ballot propositions before I vote on them as opposed to relying upon commercial propaganda to secure my vote. I like to know something about candidates before I vote for them. When I created my Google email account I found myself the recipient of what I can only describe as political SPAM. In my estimation, (based upon my email SPAM filter) the Republicans and their surrogates completely overwhelmed President Obama and his Democratic party allies.
The two attached screen captures are of just the first 50 of 116 emails I received going back to October 4th, 2010. You can do the math if you like, but at a quick glance it is easy to see that for every one email notice I received from the Democratic Party and their surrogates, I received 4 emails from the Republicans and their surrogates promoting fear.
And with that pitch, we catch Obama looking at strike three. The election is over and from the looks of things, we might not have to wait for his presidency to come to an end in 2012.