Lumping Republicans who don’t agree with Cruz’s tactics in with the enemy is pretty raw. She can’t seriously entertain the notion that these Republicans actually want Obamacare to succeed. Applying that kind of hyperbole and exaggeration when talking about the opposition is to be expected, but one wonders what good it does to train your big guns on your own side when the stakes are so high. Electing more Democrats is not going to get Obamacare repealed or stop the rest of President Obama’s agenda.
The high point of Palin’s address may have been her parody of Green Eggs and Ham, which reminded her audience of the Ted Cruz anti-Obamacare filibuster last September when he read from the Dr. Seuss book:
“I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his healthcare scam,” Palin said. “I do not like these dirty crooks or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress stills. I do not like their crony deals. I do not like the spying man. I do not like ‘Oh yes we can.’ I do not like this spending spree. We’re smart we know there’s nothing free. I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of hope. And we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope. Hat tip the Internet.”
Palin’s speech can be seen as a success only by those who care more about ideology than governance. Given the fact that so many of Palin’s supporters claim to want to consign Obamacare to the ash heap of history, their tactics to achieve that goal leave much to be desired. Ultimately the fate of Obamacare will be decided not by those who are sufficiently imbued with ideological fervor, but those who care about exactly how to go about accomplishing that task.