We have closely followed the story of Obama administration flack Linda Douglass — a cross between Nurse Ratched and Mrs. Lenin — and her invitation to report fishy comments on Obamacare to the [email protected] official email address. I thought the project was, as the liberals say nowadays, un-American, and rather obviously so. How fitting of the Obama administration to hark back to the ethos of Big Brother while promoting socialized health care.
Appropriately enough, the email address disappeared down the memory hole. The White House has apparently issued no announcement on the disposition of the email account. Many would-be informers have been left in the lurch, sadly including those of us who have taken to turning in Obama for his compulsively fishy comments on his putative program. Politico’s Mike Allen reports the story without comment.
Did Krupskaya cave? Maybe, but she may also have beat a tactical retreat. Frustrated informants can still submit their neighbors’ fishy thoughts on Obamacare to the White House via the “Reality Check” Web page on the White House Web site, which allows the submission of readers’ comments. The Web form stresses, however, that viewers are discouraged from submitting “any individual’s personal information, including their [sic] email address, without their permission.”
What can we learn from this episode? The Obama administration is sensitive to ridicule, disinclined frankly to admit error and virtually incapable of seeing itself as others see it. In the service of a radical agenda pursued with deceit and demagoguery, it will grudgingly take one step back while it rewrites its playbook to advance three or four steps forward.
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