AH, YES, THEY ARE DOING THIS FOR "THE PEOPLE" – WHICH ONES? – AT 7:25 P.M. ET: A CNN poll taken over the weekend, while the representatives of the people were serving us in the House, show that "the people" aren't too fond of what was done for them.
A new CNN Opinion Research poll, conducted over the weekend as the House debated Obamacare, finds that 59 percent of Americans now stand opposed to the health care legislation in Congress. Just 39 percent of the poll’s 1,030 respondents said they favored the bill.
These numbers shouldn’t come as a surprise — even to the White House. In fact, The Washington Post reported this morning that “President Obama is set to begin an immediate public relations blitz aimed at turning around Americans’ opinion of the health-care bill.” The White House plan will be both a short-term strategy to shore up political supporters of the legislation and a long-term effort to bolster Obama’s legacy.
Reshaping the legislation’s image will take place in three phases, White House aides said: the immediate aftermath; the seven months until the November midterm elections; and the several years that follow, during which many provisions in the measure will gradually take effect.
Of course, given the findings of the CNN poll, the White House has it’s work cut out.
COMMENT: It might have been a good idea for the White House to conduct an effective PR blitz before the House vote was taken. Of course, our side would have countered with a truthful picture of that this monstrosity will do to the country.
The fighting on health care has just begun. For us, once the bill becomes law, it will be an uphill struggle. But it's a struggle that can be won with better ideas.
Suggestion: The GOP should put Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in charge of the counterattack. The guy is terrific, and knows how to make the argument. To see Congressman Ryan in action, go here.
March 22, 2010