In the ongoing Democratic Party effort to alienate rank-and-file Democrats, along with those non-aligned voters who supported Democrats, an
weasel-dick cowardanonymous White House official expressed surprised at the support for the public option (italics mine):
“I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.”
“It’s a mystifying thing,” he added. “We’re forgetting why we are in this.”
For supposedly such sharp politicians, they apparently don’t read polls too well. From a NY Times poll:
In fact, if you look at the entire poll, the public option is the most popular thing about healthcare. Now, just because a lot of people support something doesn’t mean that it’s right. But you can’t marginalize 66% of people as the “left of the left.” That’s a majority (unless we’re all leftists now). Why is the White House going out of its way to simultaneously alienate a majority of people while, at the same time, angering much of its own party?
Probably because they’re not half as smart as they think they are.