Falling Panda Blog has a fascinating account of how a lone conservative managed to get into one of the Obama Robots’ “Organizing Committees” for Health Care Reform:
So there I was, undercover, on a Saturday afternoon, sporting a name tag that read “Al”, eating organic sushi and vegetarian burritos with some of Obama’s most loyal supporters, listening to a woman discuss the difficulties she had in putting a Barack Obama Fathead sticker on her apartment wall.
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For all of their enthusiasm these group leaders were completely incapable of describing the particulars of the Obama plan in any coherent way. What they did understand however was that Obama’s “public option”, the government run insurance program that Obama wants to create to compete with the private insurance companies, was the first step towards the entitlement that almost everyone in that room (based on the raising of hands at the beginning of the meeting) was really longing for. That being a European style “single payer” health care system. They also understood that part of their job as grassroots activists promoting the plan was to ensure people that the plan was not going to result in “single payer”.
I came away from this meeting with a renewed confidence that Obama would not be able to rely on his loyal activist army to sell nationalized health care. While these individuals are passionate and are perfectly capable of handing out flyers and talking about “hope” and “change” during an election cycle, they were clearly grossly under prepared to answer questions about an issue as complex as health care from concerned citizens.
Which is, of course, good news. We just need to make sure we pepper them with cogent, realistic question — and keep peppering away until their facade crumbles. The one that has been getting me a lot of nasty glares is “Hey – It’s by the same people who brought us Amtrack and the Postal System, so you can guarantee it’ll be at least as good as the Veterans Administration Hospitals, right?