The ‘stupid party’ vs. the ‘party of stupid Americans’

The ‘stupid party’ vs. the ‘party of stupid Americans’

Nearly two years ago, after Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign went down to defeat, I gave some ideas in these pages on CNN about how Republicans can win future elections. On that list was an instruction that Republicans need to stop being the “stupid party.”

While it is true that we as Republicans need to do a better job articulating our principles and being the party of bold new ideas, the Democrats have a far worse problem. Democrats need to stop being the party that thinks Americans themselves are stupid.

To take one example: At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing in April, members asked Treasury official Mark Iwry if the Obama administration believed it could delay Obamacare’s individual mandate, much as the Treasury delayed the employer mandate.

Iwry’s response was stunning: “If we believe it is fair to individuals to keep that (individual mandate) in place because it protects them … then we don’t reach the question (of) whether we have legal authority.”

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Lest anyone think this attitude comes from anywhere other than the very top of the Obama administration, take the President’s own comments last October….

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