Deborah Solomon of the Times plays twenty questions with Tom Daschle on health care reform, but the tax scammer doesn't have twenty good answers. Per Daschle, all the Dems need to do to win the health care debate is guilt-trip the nation into picking up the tab for the downtrodden. The method - catchier, more uplifting phrases!
Do you think President Obama has done a good job of selling health care reform to the general public?
I think we have to do better at making this issue a moral imperative. I don’t think we’ve succeeded at that yet. I think the more we can bring everybody to an understanding about how this in many respects is the civil rights battle of the early part of this century — it’s a fight for the disabled, it’s a fight for the sick, it’s a fight for equal rights when it comes to health.
With all of his eloquence, why can’t the president convey that message?
I think in part because the organizational strength of the other side has once again surfaced. The other side has socialism, they have fear of government, they have rationing and all these — Scare phrases. The Democrats need better phrases. We do.
We’ve got to boil it down to those themes that really motivate and have emotional value.
Hmm, what about "cui bono"? I may not be catching the spirit, here.