IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER, and the ObamaCare bill is clearly wildly unpopular. But if it does pass, the media message will be that the whole Tea Party movement has been a waste — when, in fact, without it this would have been passed nearly a year ago, and with far less political cost.
And political cost is the key. If this bill passes, there will be a brutal political cost, as spelled out in the sign below: You Vote for ObamaCare, We Vote For Your Opponent.
That’s what the next eight months or so will be about, and I don’t think that many of the folks you’ve seen demonstrating will give up and go home.For my part, no, it's not over. In some ways this is the beginning. We have learned a real hard lesson about what happens when citizens become disengaged. In my experience people get somewhat involved in politics for a few months every few years and that it is pretty much it. As a result, politicians on both sides, figured out that they could act in their own interests, rather than their constituents, because quite frankly, nobody was paying attention.
We're paying attention now. We are watching every move our representatives make. We are studying policy, educating ourselves and each other, and we expect our representatives to listen to us and act in accordance to our wishes.
We know what is at stake now. We will not allow ourselves to be taken for granted again.