Remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Saddam Hussein’s information minister who declared on camera that there were no American troops in Baghdad while American troops waved from behind him standing by their tanks? Jeffrey Kuhner of the Moonie Times does a remarkable impersonation of him.
Republicans are on the verge of again becoming the majority party. The conventional wisdom is that the GOP is taking the brunt of the public blame for the partial government shutdown. In the short term, that is true. In the long term, however, the Republicans are on the verge of a major triumph. They will lose the shutdown battle, but win the Obamacare war.
By confronting President Obama on defunding or delaying his signature health care law, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives finally made a stand. Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are in no rush to end the government shutdown. The reason is obvious: They want to prolong the pain, thereby hoping to direct public anger against the House Republicans. The liberal elite media have peddled the narrative that the Tea Party is responsible for the shutdown. Democrats have resorted to calling Republicans every name in the book — terrorists, anarchists, suicide-bombers and right-wing extremists. The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.
The vitriol and hatred reveal not just the Democrats’ fanaticism. They expose something deeper: the left’s profound insecurity about Obamacare.
A Tea Party supporter is actually criticizing vitriol, hatred and fanaticism in regard to health care reform. On the same day that Ben Carson told conservatives that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. And with Glenn Beck and many others claiming that health care reform would lead to the second coming of Hitler, that Obama is deliberately trying to destroy the country, and so forth.
But even better is this claim that even though public opinion is strongly against them, Republicans are winning this battle over Obamacare and the government shutdown. Come to think of it, Baghdad Bob isn’t the best comparison here. Even better is the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.