Drill here, drill now
After the health-care near-death experience, the story about the administration's competence now reverses completely. For a second or two anyway. All the preexisting facts will now be reported as having entirely new meaning. The inside game suddenly looks like a smart play, inside being where laws are actually passed.
This might be a moment when we could start talking about the actual bill and it's actual impact.Take a rest from the blizzard of nonsense for awhile. Yeah, right.
And that's precisely why the administration ought to have an outside game, too, and should have had one all along. Inside/outside are not either/or. People may well decide in time, maybe a short amount of time, that, oh, they actually do support the bill which contained all the things they said they supported. But the noise storm against any administration initiative is NEVER going to stop, the headwinds of unemployment are likely to grow, and, um, there are still a few things left to do. Public anger isn't imaginary, even if it is cynically stoked. You can either try to address and harness it with a narrative about how you understand problems and solutions, or let real public anxiety default into permanent opposition to everything you're trying to do. -- Tom Toles
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