Teddy Was No Gipper

It didn’t take long for Democrats to seize upon the death of Senator Ted Kennedy as a political opportunity.  ABC News reports:

Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party’s flagging push for health care reform.”You’ve heard of ‘win one for the Gipper’? There is going to be an atmosphere of ‘win one for Teddy,'” Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.

Democrats are hoping that Kennedy’s influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive as they push for President Obama’s top domestic priority. Democratic officials hope that invoking Kennedy’s passion for the issue will counter slippage in support for health care reform.

I think this is simply more evidence of desperation on the part of the majority party because of their inability to sell their ideas to the American public.  Can’t win a debate on the merits?  Then try to win it on sentimentality! 

The problem is that the average American cares very little about what Ted Kennedy would have wanted.  Ted Kennedy has been out of touch with the heartland of America for decades now.  It is almost comical to think that “Win one for Teddy” could be mentioned in the same sentence with “Win one for the Gipper.”  Teddy was no Gipper, and thus the attempt to circumvent the debate over merits and push the sentimentality argument is not likely to go anywhere, even among people who are normally dragged along by their heart strings.  Outside the staunchly liberal northeast and the Beltway, Ted Kennedy really doesn’t have much of a hold on anyone’s heart strings. 

When will the Democrats learn that when you are in a hole, you should stop digging?

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One Response to “Teddy Was No Gipper”

  1. Luke A. Says:

    A bad idea is a bad idea. Going ahead out of compassion for the “wishes” of someone who has passed on is even worse.

    We’re not talking about naming a new holiday; we’re talking about 1/6th of the US economy and something that will affect every American life.

    I hope Sen. Kennedy’s death has NO influence on the debate. Merits only please.

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