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Thursday, August 06, 2009

All In

President Obama, via the Democratic National Committee, is urging supporters of national health insurance to fight back against those opposed to it, accusing those opponents (ironically) of being part of an "astroturf campaign;" of being shills for the insurance companies and branding them "mobs" and "right-wing extremists."

The President is taking a considerable gamble. If his pet program crashes and burns (and as support for it seems to be dropping daily that seems an increasing possibility), his credibility will be shot. Launching a harsh, name-calling campaign against "extremists," only to lose to them because they turn out to be a substantial and now alienated majority, could render the President a politically spent force and, possibly, a lame duck before even the first year has passed in his presidency.

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