Bill Kristol: Health Care Reform Was Obama’s ‘Version of Napoleon’s Russia Campaign’
Few pundits had as much to lose from the passage of health care reform legislation as Bill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, whose 1993 memo urging Republicans to block any attempt at health care reform was dusted off again by Republicans last year. Kristol’s magazine pronounced the death of reform this year (and last year) multiple times, most memorably in a piece by Fred Barnes, reacting to Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) victory, which pronounced reform “dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection.”
Kristol cleans up today by putting a spin on Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) “Waterloo” remarks:
Last night’s victory was the culmination of Obama’s health care effort, which has been his version of Napoleon’s Russia campaign. He won a short-term victory, but one that will turn out to mark an inflection point on the road to defeat, and the beginning of the end of the Democratic party’s dominance over American politics. Last night was Obama’s Borodino. Obama’s Waterloo will be November 6, 2012.
Kristol calls a “repeal” campaign a “one-item Contract With America,” which looks like hyperbole if, as polling suggests, anger at the bill has already peaked and started to simmer down.