Democrats seem to have broken the cringe meter as a serious of jaw-dropping statements and developments make it harder and harder to disregard the party’s unraveling.
Obamacare tops the list. Politico reports, “If you’re a supporter of the law, you might be cringing right now — you know the areas where the grade is not going to be good. It’s pretty obvious that the Obama administration wasn’t ready for the launch, despite three and a half years to prepare. The political messaging hasn’t impressed anyone; Democrats are scampering away from what was supposed to be a legacy achievement. No one’s going to forget that notion that everyone could keep their plans.” Unless and until we know how many people actually paid up and how many of these people are newly insured, the Obama spin squad might want to hold off on stringing up their “mission accomplished” banner on the number of enrollees.
Also cringe-worthy are the polling numbers on Obamacare. In recent surveys support for Obamacare ranges from 26 percent (!) to the low 40’s with opposition rising as high as 56 percent. Wait until they get the prices for the exchanges for next year.
Then there is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a frequent cringe-generator. Not only did he join in calling the Koch brothers “un-American,” but also you get the feeling he doesn’t even believe it. After all, he represents a host of Wall Street interests and for years has raked in cash for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He can’t possibly believe what he is saying, which makes his support for the noxious majority leader that much worse.
And if that weren’t enough from Schumer, he confesses that he knows the interim Iran deal is a mistake. So, umm, why is he not insisting that the Senate move ahead with sanctions? Like his endorsement of the incompetent Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary, you get the sense it is always a matter of politics for him, national security or civility be damned.
And speaking of Iran, the final cringe (at least for the moment) has to be this Wall Street Journal headline about the Iranian economy, which the Obama administration officials have assured us is definitely not open for business: “As Iran Sanctions Ease, Western Firms Seek a Way In. . . ‘The villas, the parties. . . We love it here.’” Unfortunately, the market psychology has changed, just as conservative critics believed, and optimism is on the rise now that sanctions have been rolled back:
Employees of French drug maker Sanofi Aventis SA and tire maker Cie. Générale des Etablissements Michelin mingle on a recent morning among the still lifes and faux-leather chairs of the hotel dining room. At the breakfast buffet, a German tobacco salesman and an Irish drug-sales consultant went for seconds, loading their trays with savory pastries, flat bread and , a yogurt-based drink.
A few weeks earlier, two managers from French telecommunications company Orange SA stayed at the Melal, which is nestled on a quiet street of the Valiasr business district and offers suites appointed with engraved copper fireplaces and embroidered Persian sofas.
Tehran is still choking from a reeling currency, inflation of more than 30% and shortages of water, fuel and medicine. But a steady flow of Western executives through here in recent weeks signals that economic détente with the rest of the world may be on the horizon.
Was there ever any doubt that international support for a re-imposition or tightening of sanctions would crumble as the “P5+1″ countries rushed in with bulging wallets and visions of caviar dancing in their heads?