Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency tonight and it was a partisan speech which — as Ed Shultz put it on MSNBC — said to Republicans, “we’re going to roll over you.” We will see if this political calculation works, or whether the Democrats driven by their ideological passions have over-reached and made another political miscalcuation which will bring their numbers even further to the ground.
But perhaps the most remarkable moment of the speech — and certainly the most politically bone-headed — was to single out Sarah Palin and call her a liar because she has dramatizedÂ the indisputable fact that when you have governmen-controlled health care you have rationing, and when you have rationing you inevitably create a government bureaucracy which will encourage and then force elderly and infirm people to premature deaths. Palin’s image of “death panels” to capture what is the undeniable truth about the Democrats‘ plans (Greta Van Susteren actually read, on-camera, the passage from the bill which justifies Palin’s claim) was a politically brilliant stroke. In singling her out and defaming her tonight, the president made her the symbol of the opposition to the steamroller he is driving. And that’s the fight she wants and anyone opposed to the Democrats’ socialized scheme should want, too.