The USA Today/Gallup poll that shows a vast majority of Americans oppose the debt deal. Buried at the bottom of the Gallup write-up on the poll is this: “Americans as a whole increasingly view the debt and deficit as a problem, with the percentage naming it as the most important problem in recent months the highest in more than a decade.” And that is why these people in Washington know full well that they are governing against the will of the people. They know that they’re kicking this problem down the road for other people to handle. They know that the American people are aware of this. They know the American people are aware of the substance of it. And they know that this polling data is a result of people’s knowledge of the substance of what this debate was about, not the way it happened.
There might be Americans upset at the way the negotiations went because it wasn’t open, it wasn’t the way the legislative process is supposed to happen. All of it was done in secret, and that is an irritant, but that’s nothing new, ever since Obama got to town. What people have learned is that precisely because these things are being done in secret, it must be something they don’t want us to know in advance. Just like Obamacare, Pelosi said we gotta pass it to find out what’s in it. They wouldn’t tell us what was in this. We had to find out for ourselves. So have faith out there. Be confident. This is just a matter of elections. Just a matter of elections, and nobody up there ought to feel safe is what all of this means.
Now, yesterday afternoon, and this is just another classic illustration of liberal Democrat projection. The MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, interviewed a guy named Stanton Peele. Stanton Peele is a psychologist and an expert on addiction. And the host Martin Bashir urged Stanton Peele to psychologically evaluate supporters of the Tea Party, and Stanton Peele — have you ever heard of Stanton Peele? Big addiction expert. Have you ever heard of him? I haven’t, either. Stanton Peele said, (paraphrasing) “Well, it reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can’t have. They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can’t be achieved except through an artificial substance. Reminds us of the Norway situation when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can’t have, they often strike out. Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of frustration.”