Dorothy Rabinowitz points out something that has become increasingly obvious during the past several weeks:

The campaign for a health-care bill is, to put it mildly, not going awfully well. It’s not hard now to envision the state of this crusade with just a month or two more of diligent management by the Obama team—think train wreck.

She attributes this to the “the tone deafness that afflicts this administration from the top down,” and offers Linda Douglass as Exhibit A:

Consider former ABC reporter Linda Douglass—now the president’s communications director for health reform—who set about unmasking all the forces out there “always trying to scare people when you try to bring them health insurance reform.?

Douglass then initiated the notorious narc on your neighbor campaign, easily one of the worst blunders in the history of U.S. politics.

But the tone deafness is by no means limited to Douglass. It afflicts everyone in the administration, including the President himself:

Who would have believed that this politician celebrated, above all, for his eloquence and capacity to connect with voters would end up as president proving so profoundly tone deaf?

Well, as Rabinowitz suggests, lots of people. Particularly those of us who have long been writing about the man’s penchant for serial prevarication.

But the establishment “news” media let him get away with it, and so the whoppers keep coming. Only now they’re beginning to pall.

The public is becoming more and more skeptical. According to Rasmussen, the percentage of Americans favoring the plan has dropped to 42%.

Rasmussen will probably be reported to Linda Douglass as a “fishy” character.

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