It’s a counter-intuitive proposition that demands a suspension of reality and disbelief. The Affordable Care Act was Barack Obama’s signature issue and its enactment would have enshrined him in the Statist Pantheon, with Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal on one side and Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society on the other. Obamacare was the lynchpin to Obama’s master plan for “transforming” our free market republic into a socialist oligarchy and his willing stooges in Congress – and a sycophantic Drive-By Media – did everything in their power to ensure passage of this legislation.
They were punished courtesy of an energized electorate in the form of the Tea Party Movement, which rose up in the spring of 2009 and thrashed the Democrat Party in November of 2010. Since then, the popularity of both Obama and Obamacare has been going down faster than Madonna in the bedroom of her tour bus.
When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the 26-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obama, the President understood that it was not only possible but entirely probable that SCOTUS would side with the states and declare the whole kit-and-kaboodle unfit for constitutional consumption. One would assume that he’d dig in his heels and do everything possible to stall the case for as long as possible until the legislation finally became effective and yet…he did precisely the opposite: he called on SCOTUS to hear the case as soon as possible.
Oh, yes: President Obama – the driving force behind Obamacare – joined the chorus in demanding that SCOTUS render a make-or-break decision.
But why would he do this? Peter J. Boyer at TheHill.com took a stab at an answer:
…the overturning of the health-care reform law would free Obama of the burden of having to mount a broad defense of his health-care plan as a centerpiece of his campaign. The president, who can read polls, managed to absent himself from any public observance of the reform law’s second anniversary last week. A Supreme Court invalidation of the reform law’s individual mandate, the feature that Americans find most odious (PDF) would allow Obama to embrace the issue anew, focusing on those portions of the reform (such as the provision allowing families to keep their children on their policies until they reach the age of 26) that most people actually like. Obama’s Democratic allies, meanwhile, could hammer home the importance of deciding who will be making the next appointments to the Supreme Court.
On his radio program today, Rush Limbaugh snarkily dismissed Boyer’s analysis as “liberal wishful thinking.” In the humble opinion of this scrivener, Rush failed to connect the dots.
What was once a golden child is now a white elephant that must be disposed of quickly and cleanly in a manner that actually leaves Obama in a stronger position than existed previously vis-a-vis his campaign for re-election. What better way to accomplish this desideratum than by using the defeat of Obamacare at the hands of SCOTUS as yet another cudgel with which to beat the Republicans?
Let’s think this through and consider two scenarios:
Scenario #1: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare as constitutional by a 5 to 4 margin, with Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote. The Tea Party Movement, Red State America and intelligent, informed citizens nationwide immediately understand that the only hope of abolishing this very real threat to liberty lies in defeating Obama and the Democrats in November. Human nature being what it is, they ramp up both the rhetoric and the Tea Party protests, which have the effect of tossing well-seasoned cordwood into an already vigorously burning fireplace. Conservative-leaning America unites behind GOP nominee Mitt Romney and propels the Republicans to once more rout the Democrats this coming November.
Scenario #2: SCOTUS rules that Obamacare is unconstitutional by a 5 to 4 margin, with Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote. The Tea Party Movement, Red State America and intelligent, informed citizens nationwide rejoice that the greatest threat to our liberty has been struck down and defeated. Human nature being what it is, they relax and even celebrate – thereby permitting much of the energy that initially propelled the movement to dissipate in much the same manner that a roaring fireplace is allowed to burn down to a pile of smoldering embers.
For their part, the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) moves into high gear and immediately politicizes the recent SCOTUS decision, vilifying the five conservative justices as pawns of the (insert favorite liberal bogeyman here).
Obama will claim that he did his level best to make quality, affordable healthcare available to all Americans but was thwarted by the evil, rascally Republicans and their minions on the Supreme Court. He will argue that, thanks to the obstructionism of a do-nothing, always-say-no Republican Congress, more time will be needed to finally bring fairness to this nation and therefore he must be elected to a second term. David Axelrod, hundreds of millions of dollars in the war chest and the willing complicity of the Drive-By media will play a leading part in this political drama.
The obvious question that raises its ugly head is this: If Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional, will Americans who oppose Barack Obama have the energy and the determination to defeat him?