As late as August 6th, I’m sure the White House and the Democratic leadership in Congress were confident of passing a health plan. There were some problems, of course, with Republican and Blue-Dog Democrats talking about the cost of the plan and House members were already being attacked in their districts about the bill.
Then came August 7th and Sarah Palin wrote a few comments on Facebook. This would likely have gone rather unnoticed had it been anyone else making the comments. There was no major speech by the former governor. There were no television or radio appearances and she hadn’t written it as an Op-Ed for a major newspaper. A single comment on Facebook was all there was. She had written, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care.”
The anti-Sarah bloggers and the major news media jumped on the opportunity for yet another “isn’t she ignorant” rampage. After all, if you scan HR3200, you will not find one reference to the words “death panels” and it was going to be another great weekend of Palin-bashing.
If you listened to the mainstream media which eagerly picked up the story, you would have certainly believed that Sarah Palin must have fallen off the fishing boat and hit her head. She was making up total falsehoods about what the Obama health plan contained. The President himself jumped into the story on August 11th with a denial that his plan contained anything that would result in pulling the plug on Grandma.
On August 12th, Governor Palin fired back, again on Facebook, this time citing specific sections so there could be little doubt about what her concerns being addressed were coming from. Unfortunately for the Democrats, her arguments sounded quite convincing and both of her articles were footnoted with references giving the articles a legitimate-looking argument.
It became even more clear that the people going to the Town Hall meetings to oppose the plan were much more aware of the actual wording of the bill than the Congressmen and Senators trying to defend it.
The more the press tried to provide cover by showing angry crowds at town hall meetings, the more America has discovered what is actually in the bill and it continues today.
The mainstream media and the left wing bloggers, in their continued effort to destroy Sarah Palin by any means possible have caused more attention to what is actually in the bill to the American public than would have otherwise happened.
The Republicans had hoped they might somehow find a way to stop the bill from passing, but they did not have the votes. The only way possible would be to get the American people informed about what is in the bill, but they did not have the press coverage.
Still one Republican Senator had said that if this bill could be stopped it could be President Obama’s Waterloo. If the recent polling trend continues, it looks like the train might be arriving at the station in Waterloo…and the mainstream media and liberal bloggers have been driving the train!