On the night following the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the US Senate, Howard Dean, former chair of the DNC, made an argument about the election on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that boggled the mind. He said that folks who voted for Obama ended up voting for Brown because the current health care bill does not go far enough.
Excuuuuuuuse me? I had to “rewind” the Tivo at least three times to make sure I heard him correctly. Chris Matthews essentially told him he was crazy and I agreed. Then I actually looked at the poll numbers upon which Dean based his assertion. You’ve got to see this crap to believe it.
First MoveOn.org asked 1000 folks who voted for Obama in 2008 whether they favored the current health care reform effort.
OK, so now our conservative friends are licking their lips. You see!!! No one wants the government involved in health care. This Brown election is a message to Washington!
Sorry, my tea bag dunkers but the stats get really weird from here.
They then asked the folks who said they opposed the current health care reform whether they felt it went too far or not far enough. Behold:
Sorry to disappoint the folks who want their country back but if we don’t count the fence-sitters, most of the Obama voters who either voted for Brown or stayed home felt the current health care reform did not go far enough!
This brings me to my main point.
ARE LIBERALS REALLY THIS STUPID?
Granted the group polled were 2008 Obama voters, not necessarily liberal, but let’s face it, the great preponderance of them are liberal. These folks are such boneheads that they think the way to get good health care reform legislation is to either stay home or vote for a guy who explicitly said he would vote AGAINST health care reform. As crazy as Howard Dean sounded, the numbers backed up his statement.
But here’s the real rub. Dean didn’t seem the least bit angry at the Massachusetts voters. He seemed to almost have an “I told you so” attitude that this is the punishment we deserve for not taking reform far enough.
OK, let me give you liberals a clue for the next election. If you want something done, you vote for the person who ALSO wants that something done. You don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good (I know, over-used phrase but it works) and you don’t vote for the dude who will kill the very thing you want before it even has a chance.
I didn’t think I needed to spell that lesson out but apparently some liberals are just that stupid.