It’s no ordinary loss. We’re talking about the Supreme Court, and their opinions do matter. They are one whole branch of the Federal Government. They were so confident that their ideas would be legitimized – and in fact it would seem so was the media and public at large – and now, that steam engine is stopped in its tracks. What’s tough about this for them is that no amount of propaganda, talk media saturation, billboards, grocery store line talk; nothing will change this. The right has gotten a dose of reality here. And it is something they are not used to. Anger, scrambling; watch out for disunity which is easily translated in their world to the capital sin of disloyalty. Rick Perry called it a stomach punch. New rally cries are issued to the faithful. Donate more! Now! Buy more ads! Some called for Justice Roberts’ head. Some lamented the death of the Constitution. It even dulls cries for the impeachment of Obama, which were out there (really out there!).
It seemed as though there was a coalition forming, a movement that could rally around a New Right. And then, bam. The best those “true conservatives” could do is find a silver lining, or look at the long run. It’s like living in Narnia, being forced back through the wardrobe door when you were about to win a battle, and Aslan the Loin is there; in the real world. Now what do we do?
Clearly, Romney doesn’t quite know either. He’s damned whatever he does. Tax. Romneycare. Flip Flopper. Appeaser. Another tough situation.
There may well be silver linings for the right. Everyone – on both sides – has scrutinized this law for nuances and subtle implications. But for the Affordable Care Act, the only way the right gets its way is now through Congress. Eventually they realized it was a tax. Tax is a dirty word! That ought to rally everyone! And the Justices may have begun a nuanced, narrow interpretation of the Commerce Claus. This could pave the way for all sorts of new rulings
Reality is a tough place in which to plan, it’s even a tougher place to live. The right has been drifting from reality slowly and steadily for quite some time. Jeb Bush acknowledged it when he said Reagan would not be accepted by today’s Right. How about Climate Change, another example? It started with planting seeds of doubt in the findings of research, then they referred to their own repeated propaganda as a recognizable pattern of uncertain findings, and then it all became a full-blown “our side versus yours.” This sort of subversion is hard to stop when it is well crafted. If you want your lie to be believed, lie big, so they say.
So we are all – left, right and center – together in this real world. We certainly don’t agree, or always even like each other. But at least we’ll vote in the same precincts and after that, have to live in the same world.