posted at 1:21 pm on May 9, 2017 by John Sexton
Are you ready for the mock funerals in defense of Obamacare? One Manhattan real estate investor has started a super PAC aimed at defending the law using shock tactics. From Politico:
“We must be far more visceral,” said Jason Haber, a Manhattan real estate investor who started a super PAC that he said will host mock funerals — including “tombstones, coffins, even eulogies” — later this month for “the constituents that will be killed as a result of losing access to health care.”
Haber, who has worked in New York Democratic politics, said “in the age of Trump, nothing short of blunt and brute force will work as a counterweight,” adding, “We can’t win based on the merit of our ideas but rather on the way in which we deliver that message.”
Not everyone in the Democratic party is on board with this plan though. Some even worry it will turn away more people than it draws in:
“Staging a funeral has a lot of shock value, but runs the risk of overplaying the hand and turning off swing, moderate or independent voters who would otherwise agree with us on this issue,” said Caitlin Legacki, a Democratic strategist who worked on the 2012 campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
Another Democratic operative in Pennsylvania compares the approach to pro-lifers (he calls them “ghouls”) carrying signs with photos of aborted babies. Attempting to shock people into changing their political outlook doesn’t always work as expected. Sometimes it just makes them back away slowly, convinced the people on the other side of the argument are fanatics. I think that’s probably going to be the case with this effort. Watching a bunch of college kids hold pretend funerals mostly convinces me that college kids have too much time on their hands.
It’s not even the most shocking tactic the left is embracing. As Allahpundit noted last week, a Democratic college student in Washington, D.C. is suggesting people have their ashes delivered to members of Congress as a final act of resistance.
The left’s approach to politics has shifted from ‘when they go low, we go high’ to ‘when they go low, we go six feet under.’