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Clive Crook

Why Do Democrats Look Down on Voters?

Democrats have forgotten that while all politicians are salesmen, the best of them respect their customers.
Shaking hands, kissing babies and disrespecting Democratic voters.

Shaking hands, kissing babies and disrespecting Democratic voters.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

I support many Democratic policy positions and want to see them succeed. The Affordable Care Act, in particular, is a worthy endeavor: Despite the botched rollout and a great deal of unfinished business, I want to see it prevail. Sometimes, though, I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the incompetence Democrats bring to the task of selling their best ideas. The party, without a doubt, is its own worst enemy.

This is the heading under which I file Grubergate. In the protracted discussion of Jonathan Gruber's comments about Obamacare and the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, his critics and apologists have missed the main point. This isn't about the rights and wrongs of the health-care reform, or the mendacity or good faith of the Barack Obama administration; it's about the Democrats' worldview, and the party's tireless capacity for offending potential supporters.