Then imagine that, in the next mid-term election, Democrats made substantial gains, campaigning against Bush’s effort to “destroy Social Security.” And once they held a majority, they did everything they could to block or undermine the rollout of the initiative. You don’t have to stretch your imagination much to know that this would be greeted with nearly universal applause from the mainstream media. After all, the people had spoken, they would say.
Yet if Bush, re-elected for a second term, then tried to claim that the Social Security legislation was “settled law,” that Democrats fighting it were from the “Taliban” wing of their party, that they should stop “rooting for failure” and join him in trying to make it work – that if they wanted to undo it, they ought to “go out and win an election” – well, you don’t have to stretch your imagination to know that “BushHitler” bumper stickers would be riding on most cars in California, New York, Massachusetts and other blue states.
Of course they were rooting for it to fail – they don’t think it’s good for the country. “Doesn’t the president know we DID win elections?” they would screech. “Doesn’t he know that dissent is the highest form of patriotism?”
And if the new system had a “glitch-filled” launch, you know the news would not feature stories of happy people who were thankful they finally had some control over their retirement savings. No, it would be all about people having problems.
But then, none of this is all that strange. This has always been the divide between the way the media cover Republicans and Democrats.
So, repeat after them: Obamacare will be fine. Nothing but a few glitches to see here.
– Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.