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Now We’re Talking Epistemic Closure

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This New York Times’ story tells how the left came to be surprised by the legal vulnerabilities of Obamacare. The surprise among Democrats, media and academics as the Supreme Court approaches its decision is palpable, and the irony is that over the past few years the left has enjoyed accusing conservatives of “epistemic closure,” which is high brow jargon for getting your information from too few sources and discussing that limited amount of information in an echo chamber, say MSNBC. It has always been blender of nonsense with projection, but there it is: The left’s big sneer at the right’s alleged anti-intellectualism.
Now we have the great pipe organ of the left wheezing out a dirge about how the left and its party never saw it coming. And why were Democrats taken by surprise? Because, the paper tells us, they relied on the brilliant Pelosi and the Chicago gang who said there was nothing to worry about in this crazy talk about enumerated powers and the limits of the Commerce Clause. You have to read it to capture the full force of their shock. They genuinely didn’t know that there would be a serious challenge, which means they shuttered their ears to the chorus of warnings that steadily rose over the two years it took to jam the disaster down the throat of America.
The costs of Obamacare have already been vast and the dislocations it has already brought about terrible –especially its drag on job creation– but the one good thing it may have produced is this article and its enduring value as “an admission against interest” by the left about the left’s lack of basic constitutional literacy and its indifference to argument and facts.

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