Ideologues on the right and left are prone to premature assumptions that conform to their policy preferences. Sometimes it is best to let the facts play out.
A few examples:
“Just a few rogue Internal Revenue Service agents in Cincinnati”: Actually, direction came from Washington, D.C., and many offices were involved in targeting conservative groups. The Wall Street Journal reports: “Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010. Transcripts of the interviews, viewed Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, appear to contradict earlier statements by top IRS officials, who have blamed lower-level workers.”
“The scandals will blow over quickly”: Actually, large majorities in the recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll say Benghazi, the IRS scandal and DOJ subpoenas “raise doubts about the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama administration.” Bloomberg confirms that independents are deserting the president: “Forty-seven percent of Americans say they don’t believe Obama compared with 40 percent who say he is being truthful, according to a Bloomberg National Poll of 1,002 adults conducted May 31 through June 3. More than half of political independents — 53 percent — say Obama’s explanation that he learned it from media reports is untrue, while 34 percent say they believe him.”
“Republicans are overplaying there hand”: Actually, no national poll shows that voters think so.
“Immigration reform will hurt Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)”: Actually, he is riding high with Republicans and hauling in big bucks in fundraising. As David Drucker put it, “Rubio’s first-quarter fundraising suggests that his high-profile role in this politically risky fight hasn’t damaged his brand with conservatives. If anything, Rubio has managed to do just the opposite, while elevating his profile generally.”
“The public will learn to love President Obama’s health-care reform”: Actually, it’s never been more unpopular (“The 12-point gap between supporters and skeptics is the largest since a survey taken in March 2010, the month the health law was passed.”)
“The scandals won’t hurt the president’s poll numbers”: Actually, he is underwater (more disapprove than approve of his performance) in polling.
The left is now in the position of defending an administration conducting unprecedented snooping on journalists, collecting previously unimagined data on ordinary Americans, unable to speak out on immigration reform without undermining chances for success and presiding over the worst recovery since the Depression. The signature achievement of their dreamboat liberal president is increasingly unpopular and may be a weight around the ankles of Dems in 2014.
Right-wing pundits and anti-immigration lawmakers are trying to undermine a popular initiative (comprehensive immigration reform) while taking shots at one of the party’s superstars. Their anti-reform hype is as reliable as was the president’s sequester hysteria.
So we can understand why demagogues jump to premature and false conclusions. What else have they got?