Back in the days of the Bill Clinton era the motto was “deny, deny, deny.” President Clinton’s most famous denial, his liaison with Monica Lewinsky, is remembered by all. What has been lost in history was Clinton’s pattern of denial is what got him elected. From the Orlando Sun, August 1, 1998:
Whether about Gennifer Flowers, smoking marijuana, dodging the draft or, now, Monica Lewinsky, Clinton has found that hanging tough can get you through tough times.
In telephone conversations with Flowers, for instance, Clinton told her: “If everybody’s on record denying it, you’ve got no problem”; and “If everybody kind of hangs tough, they’re just not gonna do anything”; and “They can’t a story like this unless somebody said, `Yeah, I did it with him.”’
The problem for Clinton turned out to be that Flowers later said she did have sex with him. But Clinton denied it. When the story broke during the critical New Hampshire primary of 1992, Clinton repeatedly said there had been no affair with Flowers.
And voters seemed to believe him. Clinton, who also denied dodging the draft and breaking the laws of this country by smoking marijuana, came in second in New Hampshire after many had counted him out. He went on to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
It was not until January of this year – with no more elections to face – that Clinton admitted to having had sex once with Flowers.
Denial still looks like Clinton’s defense of choice.
Days after the Lewinsky story first broke, CNN’s John King reported that on one audiotape Lewinsky quotes the president as “There is no evidence, so you can deny, deny, deny.”
In the current era of Obama the motto is delay, delay, delay. As Jonathan Tobin observed:
From its inception, the strategy behind the Obama administration’s implementation of ObamaCare has been simple: to frontload the benefits and postpone the pain and costs of this massive government intrusion into the private sector for as long as possible. This deceitful approach enabled President Obama run for reelection in 2012 on the spurious promise of extending insurance coverage to the poor and those with pre-existing conditions without being held accountable for the problems with the law that would only become apparent in his second term.
Here we are well into Obama’s second term and the number of delays to his signature legislation has become down right incalculable. Seriously, you cannot find a definitive number of delays this law has endured. I can say we are closing in on thirty, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an article stating more than thirty. I think, however, we are at the point were the number of delays are not nearly as important as for their reasons. With the Democrats senate majority at stake we are met with this headline from the Hill: “New ObamaCare delay to help Democrats in midterm elections”
The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.
These cancellations are still going to happen, the question is will the American people be fooled. Back in 1971, the rock group The Who proclaimed: “Won’t get fooled again” while many consider this to be a song for the leftists ,Peter Townsend said of the song:
It is not precisely a song that decries revolution – it suggests that we will indeed fight in the streets – but that revolution, like all action, can have results we cannot predict. Don’t expect to see what you expect to see. Expect nothing and you might gain everything. The song was meant to let politicians and revolutionaries alike know that what lay in the center of my life was not for sale, and could not be co-opted into any obvious cause
Many of us did know what the results of an Obama presidency would be. We understood what he meant when he promised “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” But more Americans were fooled… again. Leaving me thinking of the old proverb: “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”
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