Harry Reid: Obstructing ObamaCare is like obstructing the abolition of slavery

Via Greg Hengler, a self-parodic sequel to the “I guess I’m a racist” clip. In fairness to Dingy, if you strain hard you can make an argument that he’s not drawing a precise moral equivalence here. His point is that, like slavery, leaving the uninsured without insurance is a moral wrong that requires urgent redress, not that it’s necessarily as wrong. But let’s be real: If he didn’t want to imply that, he would have used a less incendiary historical example, like social security, wouldn’t he?

I go back and forth on whether Reid’s demagoguery is something he can’t really control or whether he’s so stupid that he thinks it helps him politically to say stuff like this. This will earn him one or two brownie points from the left, but nowhere near enough to atone for the trainwreck on the public option that’s looming in the Senate. Meanwhile, a brand new poll on ObamaCare from his hometown paper shows support for ObamaCare cratering:

President Barack Obama has lost ground in the last month in getting Nevadans to embrace his health care reform package and, for the first time, opposition is above 50 percent and support is below 40 percent, a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals.

The telephone poll of 625 registered voters found that 53 percent of Nevadans oppose the president’s attempt to provide a remedy for problems in the nation’s health care system. Support for the plan is at 39 percent.

That’s a 4 percentage point difference in both categories from an October poll that showed support at 43 percent and opposition at 49 percent, almost within that poll’s margin of error. Now the gap is at 14 points and opposition in Obama’s own Democratic Party is climbing, from 15 percent in October to 23 percent in the most recent poll.

It takes a special kind of imbecile to look at numbers like that, knowing that he’s already facing an uphill bid for reelection, and decide that the smart thing to do now is to compare ObamaCare skeptics to … slavery apologists. But Reid’s always been pretty special, hasn’t he?

You’ll be pleased to know that the GOP is already in a full-court press on this, with Steele calling on Reid this afternoon to step down as a majority leader. Let’s not rush things, chairman: We need this tool around for as long as possible to mismanage his caucus. Nevadans will take care of him next year.