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Anatomy of a Train Wreck

9:01 AM, Nov 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The Washington Post has done a thorough job of reporting on the creation of Obamacare. It is a tale of how political hubris prevailed over prudence, as summed up in a single quotation:

“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign … “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.”

The New York Times, meanwhile, is dutifully carrying water for Obama, treating with utmost charity, his assertion that “If you like your plan …”

In the view of the paper’s editorial board, "Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.”

Leading one to wonder.  Did he mean to?  Because he thought he had to?

Well, the president “misspoke” many times, it should be noted.  And sometimes, to make sure everybody got the point, he would conclude the misspoken assertion with the word “Period.”

The word should, of course, have been “asterisk” leading to a line of hairline type at the bottom of the page, that read, “Unless, of course, I don’t like your plan.”

The president said what he said.  And, as the Post story makes plain, it was said as part of a plan of political subterfuge.  The president “misspoke” to the American people for their own good.  He and the Times being the best judges of that.

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