The White House announced today that President Obama and the First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela. That's as it should be. While the media's rush to canonize Mandela is a bit overwrought (his ultimate legacy was unquestionably positive, but that shouldn't be allowed to obscure his many faults, which are presented in an admirably balanced fashion in National Review's editorial on his life), his was still a deeply significant life, worthy of presidential recognition.
Given that sentiment, you may be wondering what the "classless act" I'm referring to in the title is. It's not paying homage to Mandela; it's the contrast with the events of eight months ago, when this happened:
With a string of controversial policy decisions, ObamaCare’s Federal Data Hub is shaping up to be the new poster child for government waste, fraud and abuse.
The waste is apparent to anyone familiar with the current state of health technology. Already there are at least 100 companies that operate private health insurance exchanges, according to John C. Goodman, a health expert at the National Center for Data Analysis.
But rather than write the law in such a way to make ObamaCare subsidies easily compatible with these preexisting systems, the drafters left open the possibility for…
"It’s not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to matter in next year’s elections. It’s the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial constituencies — white women. Polling…[more]
—Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent
— Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent