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I was with some friends last night and as much as they liked the ruling yesterday, they just couldn't help looking for the cloud in the silver lining.

I asked one of them why it was that Democrats can never seem to be happy when they succeed. All he could say was that it's hard to be happy about something that isn't what it should have been. (This guy, btw, is an aide to a prominent Democratic Senator).

I nearly blew up at him. Good God people! Millions of people who couldn't otherwise get insurance can now do so. This victory will have a measurably significant positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans. And yet, because it wasn't the golden chalice of single-payer, it isn't something worth celebrating?

It's almost as if (some) Democrats think that celebrating a victory for a partial solution will somehow make the even better solution more difficult to achieve. My thinking is the exact opposite: celebrating this decision will cement it into the American psyche. It will create the foundation upon which the even better solution can be built. By not celebrating it, by responding to the decision with a "yes, but", you add to the American public's perception that the program is bad ("If even Democrats criticize it, it must be bad!")

I understand the wonk arguments about the details of both the plan and the court's decision and I'd love to have a discussion about them some day. But for today and the next few days, can't we just celebrate?

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  •  Michael Moore was celebrating on LODO (2+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Killer of Sacred Cows

    last night.  Even HE was happy.

    His thoughts:

    "You MUST celebrate first steps.  We get so few victories as it is."

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:17:51 AM PDT

  •  And tell your friend to tell his boss to (2+ / 0-)

    SELL this motherfucker and SELL it hard.   Tell him that we need a blitz of people on TV and all over the beltway Village to sell this.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:19:48 AM PDT

  •  I was celebrating (2+ / 0-)
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    wyvern, Killer of Sacred Cows

    both for the accomplishment in its own right and out of pure untrammeled Schadenfreude watching hordes of right-wing zealots so poised for victory writhe in defeat.

    But, the law is not fully enacted.  And ALL of it could be undone easily if we do not win in November.  If that happens most people will never even know what they almost had.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:22:48 AM PDT

  •  polls (2+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Killer of Sacred Cows

    I sometimes think that all of the polls that show that a large percentage of Americans don't like this bill are inaccurate because a lot of the disapproval is from people who think it didn't go far enough.  I'm sick of that argument.  This bill us a huge furst step and it's a good thing.

    •  This is extremely true (2+ / 0-)

      I'm sick and tired of hearing Republicans throw around crap like "70 percent of Americans don't like this law" knowing that I, and Bill Maher, and Michael Moore, and MILLIONS of other people are being counted as against Health Care Reform because we were disappointed with the scope of this law.

      And another thing.  On Tweety's show last night one of his guests said - not sure I have the exact quote, but it was something like this - "nothing happened today to make the bill more popular."  BS.  There are PLENTY of front-runners in our society, people who have been against the law because they didn't think that it would pass and hold up to the right-wing SCOTUS.  Now that it has, people will start to change their minds about it - and that's before the reforms start being implemented and we can finally move on from the rhetoric surrounding this bill and actually see, for once and for all, what this legislation will do for Americans.

      Also, I expect a lot of liberals - like myself - will rally around this now, especially in election season.

      And now that the real question has shifted from "Do you support Obamacare" to "Do you support the REPEAL of Obamacare", we're going to see some real changes in the way these polls look.

      "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

      by GrimReefa on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 11:24:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It will be interesting to see if the polls change (0+ / 0-)

        I think people who wanted to change it before are now focused on protecting it first.  So many people that I know who complained about "no single payer" and "no public option" were really celebrating yesterday.  I think a lot realized how far we could have been set back if this had been struck down.

  •  I agree... (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    ..watching Rachel Maddow up until last night she keep saying (concerning the ACA ruling) that Republicans appear poised for victory while Democrats appear poised for defeat.

    I just looked at the TV & said: "Rachel, you of all people should know that when Republicans lose they act like they win.  And when Democrats win, they act like they lose."

    You'll see the same thing on this very website the night Obama gets re-elected.

    You'll have hundreds of posters & commenters acting like Obama just lost.

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:36:34 AM PDT

  •  That'because one half of us live in mortal fear, (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    And the other half of us are in state of shock when things do go well for our side.

  •  Because we're all egghead liberal nerds (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    whenever we spike the football it bounces off our foot and breaks our glasses.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:58:42 AM PDT

  •  Reasonable people have a need to be consistent (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    It's like insane sports fans: they taunt when their team wins because they don't stop to consider that their team is also going to lose at some point. But, they don't care if someone turns around and uses that against them.

    Reasonable people, on the other hand, say that the ACA mandate is not a tax. One justice not officially said it was a tax, therefore, Obama lied.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 11:29:27 AM PDT

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