Chicago Tribune editors go off the Obama reservation


Jontel Kassidy, Senior Capital Correspondent

John P. McCormick, Deputy Editorial Page Editor (left), Bruce Dold, Editorial Page Editor (center) and Gerould Kern                     ,

The Chicago Tribune, long a media shill for the Obama Presidential candidacy, and then for his administration, has wandered off the Obama reservation on Obamacare. In an editorial posted August 18, 2013, the Trib editors’ lede reads:

“Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago. Now they're busy flouting it.”

“Strong-armed?” What sort of language is that for the Trib to use to describe how the problematic legislation was passed?

Their editorial closes with this paragraph:

“Bottom line: Let's delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law. Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from three years of painful trial and error. Three years of attempting, but failing, to make this clumsy monstrosity work for the American people.”

Oh, so now the Trib’s brain-trust declares Obamacare an “ill-conceived” “clumsy monstrosity” that has brought “three years of painful trial and error” to the American people?

And their recommendation is to re-build Obamacare on its failure?

Sure, that’ll work.

It’s reminiscent of that scene in the Bruce Willis movie Die Hard when John McClane throws a dead crook out the window of Nakatomi Towers on top of Sgt. Powell’s patrol car to get his attention.

In the Trib editors’ case, the body is the “monstrosity” of Obamacare falling on America. “Welcome to the party,” Tribune editors.