Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apples & Apples

The Dems' frantic efforts to ram through progressive health care reform has reminded many of Bush-era "I haven't read the bill" moments such as the Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Medicare Part D. The Iraq War comes up a lot, too, but Bush spent at least a year arguing in favor of the war. The "rush to war" only existed in the minds of querelous progressives who didn't want to go to war in the first place, but were too cowardly to admit it. Jules Crittenden notes some other differences: Quagmire
The big difference between the Iraq and Obamacare political fights is, George Bush had Democratic support for the Iraq war, stuck to his principles, and had his way despite the Dem leadership’s opposition. Obama can’t even keep his own party on board, has already surrendered his core agenda item, and has proven significantly less adept at leading the Dem Cong around by the nose.

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