So predicts Gerald Warner in The Telegraph newspaper, in a column with the lengthy and highly descriptive title President Pantywaist in retreat: Barack Obama hoists the white flag over Stalinist health care proposals. [h/t Tim Blair] After reading the title, I’m not sure you really need to read the column, but here are the opening and closing paragraphs:
The white flag is flying over Camp Obama, which makes a pleasant change from the red flag that, metaphorically speaking, has been flying there since January 20. Barack Obama’s plan for socialised health care on the Stalinist model across the United States is now in full retreat. Not only will it not play in Peoria, it will not play anywhere….
There will be many more U-turns as reality overtakes Obama. His economic recovery plan, which cost nearly $1 trillion dollars and masked 9,000 pork barrels, has removed his halo for even quite gullible voters. This will be a one-term presidency.
I haven’t seen a white flag yet. The aura is gone, along with the credibility and the superstar persona. But one thing Barack Obama has shown is that he keeps pushing forward regardless of long odds. The main thing holding him back is his fellow Democrats, and particularly the nutroots, who are at each other’s throats over the public option.
If Obama cannot control his supporters and force a compromise among Democrats, then the white flag will fly. But we’re not there yet. And three years is a long time.