Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! I almost feel sorry for the poor man.
Yes, Oprah's absence on the matter has been VERY noticable. They truly could have sold "O"care to the masses in no time flat with her help... I'm thinking probably 3-4 one hour regular network broadcast/townhall-type shows done as only Oprah can. It wouldn't have changed the 'plan' but it sure COULD have changed how people perceived it. If Oprah had said it was okay people would have bought IT.
I think it wouldn't even have required that much time. Just three or four 30-second "public service"-type commercials pitching the importance of signing up, aired on the networks and cable during the 90 days leading up to the 1 October launch. That would have made a big difference.
But above all else, Oprah has usually been very savvy about what she endorses. Her intuition might have told her that the product (i.e., ObamaCare) wasn't one that she wanted to be associated with. The fact that the rollout has been such a STINKER would bear that out. (It also happens to be bad legislation.) After five years, Oprah may also agree with Tavis Smiley that history will show blacks will have taken a step backward in the struggle for economic and social improvement during Obama's two terms.
I suspect that the "Michelle Factor" might have had a bit to do with it as well. If Oprah was really bothered by "the first lady...constantly one-upping the president and anybody else around her," that would do it right there.
But whatever. The whole situation reminds me of the Kennedys and Frank Sinatra after the 1960 election. Sinatra and the Hollywood crowd were squarely in Kennedy's corner, and reportedly "delivered" many votes for Jack. After Kennedy won, Sinatra was frozen out. There are some GREAT stories about how all of this went down and Sinatra's reaction.
So....it's come to this: tabloid he said she said, has it? And what's with asking Oprah to help Obama "save" the ACA? The last time I checked it was the Law. But yet, as the right continues to throw their mud ever so frustratingly at the ACA, they have now resorted to an "Oprah-Michelle spat." Well, do tell. I believe I'm coming beset with the vapors!
A cat fight??! REALLY??!!!!
This is getting silly.
It is, but it is what it is. The story here is that a MAJOR Obama contributor and member of his "bull pen" has gone off the reservation. Oprah - the "President Maker" isn't selling Mr. Obama's failed policies - for whatever reason.
Sebe, you are this blogs greatest contributor. Funk pegged you correctly as MVB, Most Valuable Blogger. You're respectful, even handed for the most part, and rarely lose your temper. (one of my major failings here.)
Though it is not a major screw up, this one regarding Oprah and Michelle, well in my opinion is beneath you. I realize many are throwing the kitchen sink at ACA, but you are a much more erudite wordsmith than calling the play by play action of what MAYBE is or is not an out and out real catfight.
I know the ACA has hit the fan in negative public opinion. And it may turn out to be a good thing for uninsured Americans, or it may turn into a horrible boondoggle. But I believe we gave W. several years to find his weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq at a cost of trillions of taxpayers money. All without results.
IF ACA turns into a BAD thing, then Americans will flush it. But, to be fair, I think we should give it time to work out the kinks and see.
Yes, it kinda looks and tastes bad at this point in time, but much like castor oil it just may turn out to be a good thing for the Nation's health. As bad as it looks and tastes in its present form.
Leave the cat-fights to the tabloids and stay with the comments of substance for the readers of this blog site to consider.
After all, female rasslin' didn't ever catch on and was a dud at ticket sales. Just a humble comment.