Right Wing: Elections in November Will Show How Americans Feel About Health-Care Reform

This Week in Conservative Media

The Democrats are victorious and conservatives have one primary reaction—which is to argue that the Dems will pay for last night come elections in November. Michelle Malkin writes: “President Obama actually said this in reaction to passage of the Demcare monstrosity: It’s 'another stone laid in the foundation of the American dream.' And this: 'This is what change looks like.' Never mind that the “changes” don’t start until 2014—but the tax hikes and pain start now. No, Election Day 2010 is what change will look like.”

In her live blogging of yesterday’s events, Malkin seemed to be getting particularly disgusted right after midnight. “It. Just. Got. Sicker. 12:08am Eastern. Pelosi is holding her victory speech. Gloating about the 220 votes she whipped up, she joked: 'No money changed hands, of course.' Mark those words."

HotAir.com is linking to a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory” in which Kimberly Strassel argues that, “Never before has the average American been treated to such a live-action view of the sordid politics necessary to push a deeply flawed bill to completion. It was dirty deals, open threats, broken promises and disregard for democracy that pulled ObamaCare to this point, and yesterday the same machinations pushed it across the finish line. “ As in other coverage of the reaction to the vote, Strassel says the response will be elections in November. “President Obama was elected by millions of Americans attracted to his promise to change Washington politics. These were voters furious with earmarks, insider deals and a lack of transparency. They were the many Americans who, even before this week, held Congress in historic low esteem. They'll remember this spectacle come November.”

And Ross Douthat, writing for The New York Times, “A New Beginning, or a Last Hurrah?” argues that Sunday may turn out to be a pyrrhic victory. For Democrats. “I’ve talked to liberals who seem to understand this: The reckoning is coming, they allow, and the theory of health care reform has always been to get everybody inside the barrel before it goes over the falls. (I’d lay good money that this is Peter Orszag’s view of the matter.) But seen in this light, the health care victory looks less like the dawn of a bold new era, and more like the final lurch forward before a slow retreat. Liberals have finally captured Moscow, you might say; now they have to hope that it turns out better for them, and for America, than it did for Napoleon.”