You can always expect our American political parties to criticize each other; it’s the nature of our representative, partisan democracy.
But when respected members of one camp issue constructive criticism to their own party, we should all take notice.
Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, who were pollsters for our last two Democratic presidents, wrote some sage advice for President Obama and the Democratic leaders of Congress. Actually it’s more of a political siren, sounded by the authors in order alert their party leaders to the coming disaster.
Here’s the tone of their siren:
First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.
Now that they have hit a bullseye, we can only hope that the leaders of their own party set aside the delusion that Caddell and Schoen describe and follow their advice.