Bill Bennett Wary of Republicans' 'Triumphalist Attitude'

By Susan Jones | November 20, 2013 | 7:15am EST

(Photo from Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" website.

( - President Obama appears to be "in serious trouble," and "things may get worse," but instead of gloating, Republicans should remember that Obama will fight back, said Bill Bennett, host of the "Morning in America" radio program and former Education Secretary under President Ronald Reagan.

"But you know, I'm a Catholic, Sean," Bennett told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. "I was taught in parochial school this is a vale of tears. So you know, I'm very cautious about the triumphalist attitude some conservatives and Republicans have -- it's all over, this is the end of the liberal social welfare state. It isn't."

Bennett pointed to a Washington Post/ABC News poll indicating that if the election were held today, Mitt Romney would beat Obama 49-45 percent.

"What are those 45 percent doing, saying they would still vote for him (Obama)? What is that about? Why?" Bennett asked. "Why would 39 percent of independents vote for him? Seems to me, the record that he has put together, not just with Obamacare but with the lies, the deceptions, all of the manipulations, the number -- the number should be lower.

"And he will fight back. And note when he fights back, you'll see the politics of bribery. You'll see this in big subsidies going to insurance companies and to individuals...They will do everything they can to prop this thing up. And of course, you know, we'll hear about the race card and everything else. So they've got to save the ship from sinking."

Bennett said as more individuals feel the direct impact of Obamacare on their lives, with job losses and other repercussions, the Obama administration will "break the bank by trying to get these subsidies up" to keep the insurance companies in business.

He hailed legislation introduced this week by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). The Obamacare Bailout Prevention Act would eliminate a provision of the law that allows for taxpayer-funded bailouts of insurance companies at the Obama administration’s sole discretion.

Rubio's bill addresses the so-called "risk corridors" that were established as a safety net for insurance companies that suffer financial losses in the first three years of Obamacare.

“The American people are sick of Washington picking winners and losers, especially since the chosen losers often end up being taxpayers who foot the bills for Washington’s mistakes,” said Rubio as he introduced the bill. “Washington’s bailout culture must end, and eliminating Obamacare’s blank check for a bailout of insurance companies is a common sense step to protect taxpayers when Obamacare fails.”

Obamacare has "serious structural problems," and Bennett said he doesn't think it will work in the long run. "But this president has shown his own capacity for ignoring the law. Now, what happens when you have a chief executive, a president of the United States who doesn't care what the law says and is prepared do whatever it takes to have his way?

"See, I think he cares more about having his way than he cares about the country. So look, if I had to predict will this thing survive in the long run, I don't. But you know, you still don't have a majority, Sean, that's in favor of repealing this law. And it seems to me we've seen enough to do that."

The tipping point may come on Dec. 1, Bennett said. "We're hearing here in Washington -- I'm sure you've heard it -- that, you know, if this Web site isn't working and running, really running well by early December, a lot of Democrats will abandon it. And indeed, they will.

"So, look, the signs aren't good. I just don't want people running around, as I've heard some Republicans saying,' Man, we got this guy. We're going to tattoo his forehead with all this and it's over.' It's not over."

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