Dueling Waterloos

Liberal pressure groups are freaking out that President Obama’s monstrous government-run healthcare plan is running into significant roadblocks as even Democratic lawmakers begin to openly question its wisdom.

And they’re livid that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) dared to say what everyone in the Beltway is already thinking.

Here’s what the senator said, according to a report in the Politico:

“I can almost guarantee you this thing won’t pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month’s break in August,” members of Congress will hear from “outraged” constituents, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said on the call, which was organized by the group Conservatives for Patients Rights.

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.

This led to two angry solicitation emails that arrived in my inbox this afternoon. The first was from Organizing for America, which is part of the Democratic National Committee. The second was from

Organizing for America’s said

Friend —

Last week, Republican Senator Jim DeMint made it pretty clear why the opponents of health care reform are fighting so hard. As he told a special interest attack group, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Here’s how the President responded:

    Think about that. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy. And we can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time, not now. There are too many lives and livelihoods at stake.

With Congress only days away from finalizing their plans for reform, it’s time to stand up with the President and fight back against this disastrous brand of old-style politics. So we need as many people as possible to publicly support the President’s principles for health care reform and call on Congress to act.

Before the first full votes in Congress, we’ll publish the signatures in newspaper ads across the nation, to make sure your voice is heard.

Watch President Obama’s full response, then add your name in support of reform. [LINK DELETED] Or if you’ve already signed, please forward this message to every one of your friends and neighbors so they can join you.

The President is more dedicated than ever to passing health care reform that satisfies the three requirements he’s been talking about for months: Health care reform must reduce costs, guarantee choice — including the choice of a strong public insurance option — and ensure all Americans have quality, affordable health care.

If we do not reform our broken health care system this year, we will only shackle future generations with spiraling costs and deteriorating care. The cost of inaction is simply more than this country can afford.

But the special interests who profit from the status quo won’t go down without a fight. The ads, the smears, and the attacks — targeting both President Obama and members of Congress who support reform — will only get worse. So it’s crucial that we show huge backing before Congress finalizes their plans this month.

Stand with President Obama on health care reform:


Thanks for standing up for change.



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

MoveOn’s said

Dear MoveOn member,

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”1

That’s what a Republican senator said last week about health care. Republicans will stop at nothing to kill health care reform and undermine Obama’s agenda for change.

We can’t let that happen.

So we’re ramping up our campaign: from now until health care reform passes, we’ve got organizers planning events from coast to coast, ad-makers working around the clock, and MoveOn members hitting the phones daily.

The next two weeks will make or break health care reform. Can you chip in $20 to help us beat back the right-wing effort to derail health care reform?


Republicans won’t hold back on using scare tactics and outright lies to stall reform—so we just have to make sure that the voices of regular Americans are so constant and so strong that it overwhelms the opposition’s rhetoric.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll make sure calls are pouring into Congress daily, hold rallies at Senate offices, run ads hitting back at health care opponents, organize a massive day of action for health care reform, and more.

There’s five million of us, and millions more across the country who want—and need—reform now. Without a public outpouring of support, it’s too likely Congress could squander the best opportunity we’ve had in decades for real reform.

If we all step up, though, we can win this. Can you give $20 to support our campaign today?


Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Kat, Matt, Laura and the rest of the team   


1. “Health reform foes plan Obama’s ‘Waterloo,'” Politico, July 17, 2009. [LINK DELETED] 


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Matthew Vadum

The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum, former senior vice president at CRC, writes and speaks widely…
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