Even though there are headlines in every newspaper in America proclaiming last nights passage of the reconciled universal health care coverage bill in the House of Representatives and it is receiving ample coverage on television and the Internet, I am surprised at how restrained the reception of it is on all sides of the issue.
Those in favor seem unaware of how huge a victory it is. Those opposed are downplaying it's importance. I have even read some reaction on the Right indicating that this legislation can not stand, going so far as to posit that the American public will reject universal health care coverage and that it will be the issue that tips the balance of political power back to the Right in next November's elections.
The lack of affordable health care is a huge issue with the American public. It is something they will not refuse. The inclusion, sooner rather than later, of a low cost public option into the program is inevitable. Attempts to turn back the clock on this very enticing national entitlement will be the political kiss of death to anyone who tries. I'm not being partisan in any way here. I'm just saying what is.
This is the brass ring that politicians have been grasping at greedily for three quarters of a century, that eluded even the wily Clintons and this morning, the Kenyan mud boy is sitting in front of his kraal on the Potomac, holding it in his hot little hand.
This will secure his place in the history books. A second Obama term is all but assured.
This is no small thing. No mixed blessing.