It should have been easy for POTUS to dominate the debate, but Barack “just give me something to sign” Obama spent most of the year voting “present” while congressional Democrats peddled their votes to the highest bidder.

And there was ample opportunity for the Republicans to make an impact by coming out early with a serious proposal for free-market reform, but they spent most of the year in denial about the very need to address health care.

So, it was left to a “hockey mom” from Alaska to take on the President, Congress, the media and the rest of Washington’s political establishment. She stepped up to the plate and knocked the first pitch out of the park:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.

This is her famous “death panel” post, and its peroration transformed the health reform debate from a wonkish discussion of esoteric issues like insurance crowd-out into something that real people got fired-up about:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel? so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,? whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

How influential was this Facebook post? Well, let’s put it this way: It worried the Obama administration so much that the President responded with the following ad hominem attack in a speech before a joint session of Congress:

Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible.  It is a lie, plain and simple. 

Only it wasn’t a lie. The “death panel” was real and it is still there. It is a prominent feature of the recently passed Senate bill. All the Dems did was change its name and create a procedural hurdle that makes it hard to repeal.

So, you ask, if Palin is so influential, why is the “death panel” still there? Well, one former governor cannot single-handedly stop the skulduggery of a party that controls Congress and the White House.

But it is no coincidence that the continuing slide in support for Obamacare began in earnest after her “death panel” post. Likewise the huge intensity increase among those opposed to the Democrat “reform” bills.

Her entry into the reform debate galvanized millions of voters looking for a voice. This is something that Barack Obama has failed to do, even with the Presidential bully pulpit and an absurdly sycophantic “news” media.

This has not been lost on the supporters of Obamacare. Palin continues to be attacked by all the Democrat shills in the media and the blogosphere. If she weren’t having a real effect, they wouldn’t bother.

Obama and his congressional accomplices are determined to impose ”reform” on us no matter how much we dislike the plan. In her most recent Facebook post, Palin suggests a remedy for that ailment:

This is about politics, not health care. Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.

If the increasingly angry Republicans and Independents actually show up at the polls and give the Democrats the bum’s rush next November, it will be largely due to Palin’s influence.

Comments 4

  1. tappin52 wrote:

    This woman sure can take a punch!

    Posted 01 Jan 2010 at 4:17 am
  2. William Woodland wrote:

    Yes she can take punch but they are mostly counter punches. This is because she throws better punches.

    Posted 01 Jan 2010 at 8:55 am
  3. Bill589 wrote:

    I understand she didn’t get the names, Barracuda, Pit Bull, and Mother Bear because of her looks.

    Posted 02 Jan 2010 at 12:57 am
  4. John wrote:

    “So, you ask, if Palin is so influential, why is the ‘death panel’ still there?”

    Because the mainstream media are lying. They told the American people that there aren’t any “death panels” and that Palin is a liar, just as they ignored her accomplishments in Alaska that earned her an approval rating of over 80% so that she wouldn’t look more qualified than the unqualified lightweight who currently occupies the White House. The mainstream media have given up any pretense of non-partisanship as they flame out and die.

    Posted 02 Jan 2010 at 6:08 pm

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