Democrats are choosing to “go it alone” without the country if they opt to pass healthcare reform on a party-lines basis, one Republican congressman accused Thursday.
“If they go it alone without the Republicans, it also sounds like they want to go it alone without the American people,” Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told a conservative news radio program in an interview.
Rep. Cassidy may not have noticed this, but Barack Obama was elected president, which means – as far as modern presidents are concerned – that he was elected with either a majority or a plurality of the popular vote. In last year’s case, Barack Obama beat his Republican opponent with a solid 52.9 percent of the vote. What’s more, if Rep. Cassidy were to look at the results of last year’s congressional elections, he would notice that Democrats represent an even more solid 53.04 percent of the population. Far from going “alone,” Democrats are accurately representing the stated preferences of a majority of the population, many of whom voted for Democrats so that there would be health care reform.
On a related note, I would pay a lot of money to see a media outlet call bullshit on claims like the one above. I’ve read a ton of process stories this summer, and few – if any – have taken the time to remind readers that Republicans are both A) a distinct minority and B) deeply unpopular with the majority of voters. Even after eight years of miserable failure, they are consistently treated as if their ideas (or lack thereof) matter. With that kind of media attention, it’s no surprise that they are using the opportunity to saturate the dialogue with misinformation and dishonest nonsense.