Yes, but the devil is in the details. “Half of GOP caucus backs immigration reform.”
Elliott Abrams details the list of secrets this administration has spilled, concluding that “the United States seems to be aggressive in stealing the secrets of some close allies and aggressive in ignoring the interests of allies by conveying intelligence information to the press. The continuing leaks about what Israel has been doing are dangerous and damaging. Israel is acting where we are not, enforcing red lines when we have failed to do so, and assuming risks we have refused to take. We act as a poor ally if we repeatedly and indeed recklessly increase the risk to Israel by treating sensitive information as fodder for the press.”
Now they’d like to parse it, but the administration was never interested in letting Americans in on the grisly details. “Senior White House Advisor Dan Pfeiffer responded on Sunday to growing frustration with President Barack Obama’s inaccurate promise that individuals would be able to stay on their healthcare plans once his signature legislation was implemented.” Pfeiffer came out on the Sunday shows on the IRS and James Rosen spying scandals and was no more effective then.
Not all Democrats were shaky on the details of the health-care plan they passed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the false promise you could keep your insurance: “Well, as I understand it you can keep it up to the time — and I hope this is correct, but this is what I’ve been told — up to the time the bill was enacted, then after that it’s a different story. I think that part of it, if true, was never made clear.” Yup — after Obamacare, all bets were off.
When the president gets the same details wrong over and over again, people tend to lose confidence he is telling the truth. “Perhaps the most important lesson the president, I think, failed to learn was, you have to tell the American people the truth. And when he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period, he said that time and again, he wasn’t telling the truth. And I think that fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the whole foundation of his second term… the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it’s rotting it away.”
It was a pretty big detail to get wrong. “People who knew the law as it was being written knew the president wasn’t telling the truth. The grandfather provision written in the law itself was too narrow and frankly they wrote a regulation intentionally trying to get people out of the individual market.”
What do the details add up to? Bob Scheiffer boils it all down: “The shutdown was the worst but this thing is worser. If we thought the partisan blather couldn’t get thicker or sillier than it got during the shutdown, well, we now know. By now we have heard from all the people whose fault it wasn’t. We’ve heard all the talking points and some of the critics were all but foaming at the mouth. It was the Washington we have come to know. All talk, all the time, but at the end of the day just another example of how government seems incapable of making things better and it never seems to learn. Does anyone believe that successful start-ups like Amazon or Google would risk launching their programs before they were properly tested?”