The Credibility Gap
So, I mostly agree with the sentiment in this column, and find the dismissiveness (un-American?) displayed by Pelosi and Hoyer in this other column pretty depressing, even though I am not at all happy about the way in which many of the health care reform protesters have behaved. (Could it hurt for even one Dem politician to acknowledge that some people, at least, are legitimately concerned about what their proposal will do rather than insisting that Obamacare proponents have a monopoly on the facts? Did it ever occur to them that maybe taking a more conciliatory tone would actually undermine the anger, justified or not, that is fueling all this?)
But the yammering of the Right about the Left’s hypocrisy on this would be a lot more believable if the Right had not, in fact, done precisely the same, even worse, to anti-war protesters for the last 6 or 7 years.
UPDATE: See also Justin Gardner, who’s not exactly an opponent of health care reform. Money quote:
Steny, Nancy…do know this…if health care passes it’s in spite of you, not because of you. At nearly every turn you’ve chosen to take a hacky, partisan road and it’s simply maddening to watch. You could have been the better people in this debate, but you apparently either don’t know how or don’t care.
Read the whole thing (it’s not long).