2014 Predictions from NovelPolitics
Sometime in the Spring, or maybe as early as the State of the Union, or maybe five minutes from now, the Obama Administration is going to come out with a new narrative. So buckle up, Republicans. Democrats, you can breathe now.
Jack slid his bar stool back and climbed on. Bob was already there, of course, and pointed at the bartender, then Jack.
Without a word, the bartender brought over two egg nogs. “On me,” he said
Jack thanked him. Bob nodded, with a weak smile. “What the hell is that?” he whispered to Jack.
“Egg nog. It’s good for you.” Jack took a sip. “Evan’s not coming. He said he was out late.”
“I know. I don’t believe him either. He seems so worried about the coming year, you know? What do you think will happen, Bob?”
“You aren’t serious. Surely the Spin Doctor knows. Surely you can read this like a slow pitch curve ball.”
“Okay. Here’s the Obama spin: “The economy is looking stronger than ever. The patient was gravely ill, curled up in a ball, unconscious under the front porch when the Obama administration took over. After a strong dose of shovel ready projects, and binge spending, finally the eyes are open. Look, the unemployment rate is down to 7%. Wow. Bet it goes into the sixes before the election.”
“Now, imagine Beyonce singing that.” Bob took a sip of his scotch and drained the glass.
“Exactly. Nobody look at that swelling non-participation in the economy—which puts the unemployment rate closer to 10 percent. Or the number of folks on food stamps…”
“Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Bla bla bla.”
“Agreed. But what about Obamacare? No way to spin that.”
Bob blinked. He watched the bartender at the other end of the bar and quickly poured his egg nog into Jack’s glass. Then he waved the bartender and waggled his scotch glass. “Listen.” He said to Jack. “Pay attention…Obamacare is really going to work. Look at all the people who signed up. Wow. And don’t worry–all of the mandates are going to be delayed. It won’t be so strong. Put it in some cocoa, or maybe a fruitcake, like brandy, if you don’t like it straight. Over time, you will get used to it. And besides, don’t you care about people? Do you want people to be sick?”
The bartender put a fresh scotch in front of him. He smiled and went on. “Now, imagine Matt Damon and George Clooney lecturing you about that. Oprah agrees. And, Beyonce is singing in the background.”
Jack squinted at him, slowly nodded and sipped the egg nog.
“See, you are already forgetting that you used to have a policy you liked, that children were covered under a special policy, that the poor had Medicaid and the elderly had Medicare.”
Jack shrugged. “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. What about the Republicans? They have a lot of other issues.”
“Sure. But don’t forget, the press is busy squirting gasoline on the bonfire of Republican disunity to stop them from making some of these rather obvious points.”
Jack frowned. “I’ll give it a try. The message of Benghazi, that an inept administration with a low priority on national security and security in general screwed up royally then covered up. Yes. Covered up the mess before the election. Cover up Cover up Cover up. I said it.”
“Aha. Yes. But did you overstep? Where’s the smoking gun?”
Jack shook his head. “Nice try. What about the IRS? How the IRS has been used as a tool to silence opponents of the administration. How the press accepts the bromides of the regime that both sides were scrutinized without blinking. How this scrutiny continues…”
“Oh sure. I know it reeks of Nixon but hey, they won’t get that far with it because the Democrats will come back with what they like to call the wingnut mocking gambit.”
“Sure. Right now, they are scouring the countryside for a fringe Republican who will make an inflammatory comment about women. Rape, if at all possible. So they can push the buttons of the legions of young women who vote on one issue. They will find someone to mock, and the mocking will spread to the rest of the party. Some Republicans will disavow, some will try to explain, but meanwhile, everybody stops talking about Obamacare and Benghazi.”
Jack sighed. “I have to admit–it has a familiar ring to it. So, will the Republicans be able to take the Senate? What is your call?”
“Hey, don’t ask me what the people are going to do. Politicians I can figure out. The people? We will have to wait and see.”