It’s been weeks since I made it to lunch hour without posting one — but other material got in the way this morning. But we do have the delightful sight of Bob Woodward going off the reservation once more, this time on Fox News Sunday:
“Look, if the facts were really good, I think [White House press secretary] Jay Carney would be crowing the fact that, ‘Wow, 42 percent of young people have now signed up, they’re paying their premiums, we’re on track,’” she noted. “‘We might be a little low but we’re strong, we’re vital, we’re moving forward.’ I think they would do that, right? I think it doesn’t make any sense for them not to tell us.”
Woodward, however, noted there may be more than just politics to the lack of information. “I think first of all, you have to find people who are supporters of Obamacare and ask them privately ‘What do you really think?’” he began. “And just yesterday I talked to a physician — very knowledgable, involved supporter of Obamacare — and I said ‘So what’s the bottom line?’”
“He said, ‘Obamacare is like a car stuck in first gear,’” Woodward continued. “I asked, ‘Well when’s it gonna get into second gear?’ And he said ‘The problem is that the transmission is in the shop for repairs.’ When does it get to second gear, and he said ‘Honestly, years!’”
To continue the analogy, the guy from the auto shop called to tell you he can’t finish fixing your transmission until a certain part comes in, but they stopped making that part, and until he finds one would you please stop asking him for an estimate?
That Means It’s Working™.