The NY Times Does the Autopsy

on the Obamacare rollout. It’s been amazing to see this spectacular act of self-immolation, hubris, and sycophantic-underling-shielding-from-reality combined with an Executive who really seems to have believed his own banana oil about his divinely creative word simply speaking things into existence. What has been most astounding about it is Obama’s repeated protestation about “I’m just as surprised as you are” and his weird insistence that he only finds out what he and his Administration are doing when the media reports it to him. One get the impression that there is no executive in the executive branch. I’m reminded of Lincoln’s remark that one of his general’s behaved like a duck that had been hit on the head. Obama seems stunned and no longer in control of events, but simply having events wash over him. That’s not good. And having people run around, talking as though this is all part of some vast coordinated conspiracy and Obama is cackling to himself, “Exxxcccellent! All is unfolding according to my Master Plan!” is, I think, the most wrong-headed and needlessly paranoid way that Righties can read the situation. Obama is not an Evil Genius and Obamacare is not his Master Stroke. Obama is a smart ideologue with way too much faith in the state and the power of technology who has been blind-sided by the fact that his word does not have divinely creative power to Make it So. He’s never run a bake sale, much less the massive overhaul of our medical system and he had no idea how to oversee this website or this gigantic project. Righties should not be indulging in Evil Mastermind paranoia. They should be thinking about the common good and how best to either salvage or roll back this massive clusterfrack. Lefty stupidity and incompetence is not helped by Righties jumping at their own shadows.

  • KyPerson

    I do not like The Won, never have, never will but I take no joy in his weakness now. More than ever, the US and the world need a strong leader. All we have is a golfer and a fund raiser. I pray for our country and the world every day.

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    Well, this makes more sense than the claims I’ve been hearing that “They wanted this thing to fail in order to bring about a single-payer system.” Really? They spent three years and hundreds of millions of dollars on something that they wanted to fail? The president then advertised the upcoming website to the nation, assuring everyone that it would work when in fact he knew it would fail miserably as intended? That would have been an even stupider political move than, well, than what actually happened.

  • Joe

    “Clusterfrack”?! Watch your language! You should at least keep your blog at a PG-13 rating!

    • chezami

      Are you serious?

  • iamlucky13

    “In a statement on Friday, the Medicare agency said officials held
    hundreds of meetings in the month before the start-up and tried their
    best to manage a highly complex project in a short time.”

    Another point that is being ignored here.

    What is “a short time” as referenced in the article? If you’re old fashioned and use an archaic device called a “calendar” by those rigid-minded traditionalists, a “short time” is 3-1/2 years since the ACA was passed.

    In terms of technology development, 3 times as many people bought Nokia “smartphones” the quarter the ACA was passed as bought iPhones. Most people don’t even realize Nokia was making smartphones back then, because they’re so outdated. Blackberry was the definition of a smartphone. The Space Shuttle was still flying. And nobody had heard of any such device as an “iPad.”

    Since then, the iPad has been through 5 iterations, the iPhone rose to the top of the market then slipped to second place, and Blackberry fell to the bottom of the pack, languished for a while, and then completely redesigned its product line, hardware and software both, from the ground up. Still nothing to replace the Space Shuttle, but that’s another topic.

    And the president’s administration failed to make a website.


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