An old rule of politics says that if a strategy fails…don’t try it again.
Democrats trying to ram heatlh care through Congress forgot that rule.
They’ve been down this road before. In 1992, the Clintons launched health care reform of pop, circumstance, hype and hoopla.
Been there, done that, got their asses handed to them.
But the Democrats didn’t learn from the mistakes of 1994. They tried some of the same old strategies again.
And, once again, they fell short.
The parallels to 1994 — the last time health reform died — are unmistakable.
Democratic senators huddled for weeks in backroom meetings, groping for a workable alternative. Some of the attempts at reviving it were genuine, while others were only designed to suggest forward progress, observers recall. After four or five weeks, the effort was abandoned as Democrats geared up for the midterm elections.
The same signs are all there for health care, circa 2010. No one in Congress will say it’s dead, but smart people can’t figure out how it stays alive.
Look at the signs: White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel last week said health reform had to wait its turn in line, right after jobs and regulatory reform — a process that would put it months down the road. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seemed in slow-walk mode, only promising movement “this year.” These are the same people who spent months arguing that reform had to be jammed through quickly, or it would fail.