I saw Andy McCarthy on Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel last night where he said that the Democrats are such true believers in their radically left, big government agenda that they are willing to sacrifice seats this November and in 2012 if that is what it would take to pass their health care reform. He fleshed out his comments from last night in a post at The Corner:
I think our side is analyzing this all wrong: Today’s Democrats are controlled by the radical Left, and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles. They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big. For them, winning big now outweighs that. I think they’re right.
I hear Republicans getting giddy over the fact that “reconciliation,” if it comes to that, is a huge political loser. That’s the wrong way to look at it. The Democratic leadership has already internalized the inevitablility of taking its political lumps. That makes reconciliation truly scary. Since the Dems know they will have to ram this monstrosity through, they figure it might as well be as monstrous as they can get wavering Democrats to go along with. Clipping the leadership’s statist ambitions in order to peel off a few Republicans is not going to work. I’m glad Republicans have held firm, but let’s not be under any illusions about what that means. In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.
Consequently, the next six weeks, like the next ten months, are going to be worse than we think. We’re wired to think that everyone plays by the ususal rules of politics — i.e., if the tide starts to change, the side against whom it has turned modifies its positions in order to stay viable in the next election. But what will happen here will be the opposite. You have a party with the numbers to do anything it puts its mind to, led by movement Leftitsts who see their window of opportunity is closing. We seem to expect them to moderate because that’s what everybody in their position does. But they won’t. They will put their heads down and go for as much transformation as they can get, figuring that once they get it, it will never be rolled back. The only question is whether there are enough Democrats who are conventional politicians and who care about being reelected, such that they will deny the leadership the numbers it needs. But I don’t think we should take much heart in this possibility. Those Democrats may well come to think they are going to lose anyway — that’s why so many of them are abandoning ship now. If that’s the case, their incentive will be to vote with the leadership.
You might be thinking, “how can Nancy, Harry, and Barack get Democrats to sacrifice their political power for this?” I suspect there is a lot deal making going on. If the Democrats and Obama can get their monstrous bill passed, it will have many, many new bureaucracies that will need to be supervised and staffed with pro-big government loyalists. President Obama could easily promise any reluctant Democrats positions in these massive, bureaucracies, which would give them vast power to completely reshape every aspect of American life. They will get to sit on the “death panels” and decide what diseases and disorders get treated and when. They can decide who will get covered and when. You smoke? Well, you’ll have to quit or no health care for you. You’re 50 pounds overweight? You have to lose that weight or your knee or hip replacement won’t be covered. You drive an environmentally un-friendly SUV? Your policy premiums will be higher because your vehicle contributes to global warming and is a menace to all the micro-cars on the roads.
In addition to this, since those who sacrificed their seats will still have positions within the ever-expanding government, they will still get their health care from the government’s separate and superior insurance policies, which will be exempt from any and all new reforms that will be forced onto the American people.
Yes, I’m sure there are a lot of backroom deals going on to buy off the votes of nervous Democrats. And if Obama, Pelosi, and Reid manage to make their deals and secure the votes necessary for reconciliation, the American people will turn to the Republicans for help, and they had better have the iron-clad resolve to rescind the entire bill.