While reading how those on the left are gleefully referring to Obama’s attendance at Friday’s GOP Retreat in Baltimore as a “smackdown” against the Republicans, I can’t help but chuckle to myself when remembering these words from Ronald Reagan:
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so”
The Dems may not realize it yet, but Obama’s appearance at yesterday’s GOP Retreat was a shot in the foot to the Democratic party. I’ll explain why in a moment, but first, during the televised Q & A session there was this exchange between Obama and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). Be sure to catch the last 30 seconds of this video, where Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) sets Obama straight on who has been the real “obstructionists” in crafting bipartisan legislation over the last year.
During 2009 we heard sound-bite after sound-bite from Obama and his administration, Reid, Pelosi, the Democratic party and Liberal pundits, repeat the talking point that Republicans have offered no ideas and no solutions for the health care bill.
But as these remarks from Mike Pence after Friday’s retreat illustrate, we now have, in the President’s own words, proof that the talking points used ad nauseum are not true.
So why do I surmise that Obama shot the Dems in the foot with his appearance at the retreat?
By admitting that the Republicans have offered solutions and input into last year’s legislation – he took away their favorite line of attack, which I’m sure they were looking forward to using in the upcoming elections.
I know for a fact that several Kos activists were planning on using this line of attack.
After a new Pew Center study was released last week that showed fewer than one in three surveyed voters knew that Senate Democrats had advanced their health bill without a single Republican vote, I moseyed over to DailyKos to see what they were saying about it.
Paraphrasing what several of the commenters there said: “I know it isn’t true, but I’m going to push the ‘GOP is the party of No Solutions’ meme extra heavy during the 2010 GOTV.”
Let’s hope they’re arrogant and stupid enough to do it.
Let’s also hope the GOP is smart enough to realize the gift Obama dropped in their lap for the upcoming election season, ie; TV and radio ads using the President’s own words that prove he and the Democratic party have blatantly and repeatedly lied to the American people over the past year.
Something tells me that Mike Pence already has somebody writing the scripts.