The Dems’ political payoff

I think that a lot of congressional Democrats are going to pay the price of Obamacare, but Andrew McCarthy highlights a key point:

The best thing about Mark Steyn’s guest-host stint on Hannity last night — other than Jonah’s joining him on the panel — was that Mark asked some pointed questions of two brilliant political strategists, Dick Morris and Karl Rove, that seemed rooted in Mark’s theory that, on health care and all it entails,”The Dems are thinking strategically; the Republicans are all tactics.”
For my money, I think the theory is being borne out: Democrats have their eyes on a different end-game than our guys do: namely, the establishment of permanent, European-style socialism in the U.S. Our guys are focused on converting Obama radicalism into big-time electoral success in the next election cycle. The Dems have already factored in that likelihood and are betting — over the long haul — that even if the GOP cuts deeply into Dem majorities or takes over Congress (and even takes over the White House in 2012), Republicans will lack the commitment (and perhaps the numbers) to roll back what the Left is accomplishing now.
That is, our guys are focused myopically on a battle the Democrats have already figured they can afford to lose. The real battle is: What do you do when you get back in power? Do you have a plan for how to undo what is being done? Do you frame the coming elections in a way that converts victory into a mandate not only to stop what Obama is doing but to undo what he has done?
I’m hearing a lot from our side about making big gains in the upcoming elections. That’s not strategy or victory. You have to have a plan for what those gains would translate into. Democrats, by contrast, have a real plan for how what they’re doing today will sustain Big Government, and themselves, over the long term, regardless of occasional electoral losses.

PAUL adds: I don’t think the Democrats will accomplish enough “European-style socialism” through the health care legislation that’s likely to pass to make a series of political thumpings worth the price. My guess is that the Dems are betting that the economy will improve enough to prevent their political setbacks from being severe.

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