There sometimes comes a point where an
administration screws up something so badly that the mess colors the entire
presidency. For President Bush, that was Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
Because of the eerie parallels with the handling of the Iraq war, it spilled
over and undercut the entire Bush approach of bland reassurance that things
were going well in both places.
I fear that Obamacare is doing the same
thing to Obama. (I wrote the preceding four sentences last Thursday night, then
on Friday morning saw that the New York
Times had an article that said pretty much the same thing.
Just when you think things couldn't get
worse, they do. And how about a little accountability? Why does Sibelius
still have her job?
To make things worse, Obama and the
people who cover him seem to think that what is needed is another campaign. I
think that instead is the problem -- too much campaigning, not enough governing.
In one way, this is worse for Obama
than Katrina was for Bush. That's because Democrats will resent the Obamacare
failure more intensely than Republicans did Katrina. Democrats want big
government to look good (and work well) while I don't think that Republicans
really mind if big government looks bad -- it just reinforces their belief in
their core ideological point that big government is bad.