On Tuesday night’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Stewart discussed a new book, A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes, with its author, John O’Hara. O’Hara drops the O word—”Obamacare”—several minutes into the discussion about whether the tea-party movement is or is not antigovernment.
Stewart immediately jumps on O’Hara’s slip, calling him out on using the “derogatory” phrase and firing back by referring to O’Hara’s book as a “tea-bagger book.” O’Hara stammers for a few seconds and tries to defend his word choice, but concedes to calling it the health-reform bill instead. (It’s a law, by the way.)
Last month, I took on this same issue. Should the bill be called Obamacare, or is that phrase, as Stewart puts it, derogatory by nature?
Since its passing, so-called Obamacare has become a more mainstream term for the health bill, but it still hasn’t overcome its negative beginnings. The search results are still overwhelmingly negative, but it has made its way into several NEWSWEEK stories over the past couple of weeks.
Writers and journalists might find the term useful—it’s catchy and easier to write—but it isn’t likely to shed its unfavorable connotation, especially with partisan voices like O’Hara dropping it into conversation.
Notice how Jon Stewart used the term “tea-bagger”, a derogatory term that refers to a specific sexual practice. Hypocrisy is definitely Stewart’s strong suit, but while I could spend numerous blog posts pointing outlining this fact, that is not what I am here to discuss. ObamaCare is called ObamaCare. Everyone refers to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as ObamaCare because it was the Obama administration, headed by President Barack Obama, that pushed this. This is the same with Mitt Romney and Massachusetts health care reform, called RomneyCare, and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton health care plan which she pushed as First Lady, called HillaryCare. If you are the champion of it, your name gets attached to it, and here is the problem for those like Stewart. They know Obama’s poll numbers are sliding, as the latest Quinnipiac poll reports, and being supporters of him, they are trying to put some distance between their President and this legislation. The problem is they can’t, especially with all the speeches Obama is giving patting himself on the back for it and the other legislation he has passed.
Stop this nonsense Stewart, it exposes you as the purely partisan political hack you are. No more of this “clown nose on, clown nose off” idiocy… MAN UP OR SHUT UP!
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Allahpundit is talking about this now. Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller is also discussing it. I don’t know if Jon Stewart wanted all this attention for his idiotic remarks, but now we are having a discussion on the issue. Suffice to say, I am sticking to my belief that this is a pathetic attempt to distance Obama from the unpopular legislation he championed. Once again, the term “ObamaCare” has caught on and it is being used by a lot of political commentators. If he is trying to prevent the use of this word, it is too late, especially after more than a year of it being used by various media outlets, columnists and bloggers. When even columnists for liberal publications like Newsweek are scratching their heads over Stewart’s comment, it is pretty clear that the terminology is here to stay… Mind-boggling…
UPDATE: Just how “in the tank” is Jon Stewart for Barack Obama? It was The Daily Show’s writers who wrote those surprisingly funny jokes the President read at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Though it is very much a puff piece, Llyod Grove at The Daily Beast has more information on what happened at the dinner.