Thanks to Instapundit for linking an anti-Obama epic rant by progressive political science professor David Michael Green — apparently, it smarts something fierce when the Kool-Aid wears off (boldfacing mine):
Like any good progressive, I’ve gone from admiration to hope to disappointment to anger when it comes to this president. Now I’m fast getting to rage.
How much rage? I find myself thinking that the thing I want most from the 2010 elections is for his party to get absolutely clobbered, even if that means a repeat of 1994. And that what I most want from 2012 is for him to be utterly humiliated, even if that means President Palin at the helm. That much rage.
Amazingly, it appears that Prof. Green has looked into what the healthcare reform bills passed by the House and Senate actually would do, as opposed to believing what Obama/Pelosi/Reid claim they will do — I could be wrong, but I get the feeling he no likee:
But here’s a little riddle that any sixth-grader can easily figure out, although it seems to have eluded the brain trust at the White House: If [health] insurance companies are winning big-time [in the proposed healthcare reform bills], then who is doing the losing? Something tells me that if Democrats are dumb enough to pass their own legislation, voters will provide them the answer to that puzzle in November of 2010, and then again two years later. What could be stupider than saddling thirty-five million Americans with a new monthly bill that will probably represent the second or third biggest item in their budget, in exchange for crappy private sector health insurance that is unlikely to pay out when needed, and wastes a third of the dollars paid in premiums on bureaucracy and profits anyhow? Slapping big fines on them if they don’t pony up for the insurance, perhaps? Yep, that’s in there too.
This bill alone could mobilize legions of people to go to the polls and vote for whichever party didn’t do it, and I’m pretty sure the GOP won’t be shy about reminding Americans who that is. I mean, if Democrats were searching for legislation less likely to win them votes, why didn’t they just bring back slavery or the debtor’s prison? Why not come out for pedophilia? It would have been so much more efficient.
I’m going to leave the pedophilia remark alone since I’ve done my best to ignore the Kevin Jennings controversy. But I am delighted that progressives/liberals are finally getting a grip on what the actual healthcare reform legislation would do to them individually and collectively, rather than relying on their politicians and news media to tell them. (When Harry Reid was announcing the Senate votes last week and describing all the good things the healthcare reform bill would do — none of which were true — I had the thought that either Reid is a very good liar OR he is just repeating what he’s been told about the bill and actually believes what he is saying.)
Prof. Green works in a swipe at Republicans, calling them sociopaths, so he is at least aware that there is a syndrome where a person makes promises he does not intend to keep in order to get people to hand over their money and power. The fact that he can’t match it to Obama’s behavior after such a lengthy rant denouncing him reveals how very hard it is to give up on someone for whom you ignored a continent of red flags in the hope that the promises he made to you would be the ones he would choose to keep.