- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The long-range political implications of George Zimmerman’s trial are emerging. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 48 percent of U.S. adults agree with the Florida jury’s verdict that the neighborhood watch volunteer is not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin; 34 percent disagree with the verdict while 18 percent are not sure.

So why are U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and others “harping so much on what seems like a losing issue?” asks Powerline.com founder John Hinderaker, who is an attorney.

Mind those midterms, he says.

“Two reasons, I think. One, liberals are used to being able to bully the rest of us, notwithstanding that they have always represented a minority, especially in matters that touch on race. I think they are upset that this time, their bullying failed,” Mr. Hinderaker observes.

“Two, for the Democrats, everything is about 2014. Their base represents a minority view of the Zimmerman case, but it is a passionate minority. As with gun control and various other issues, the Democrats don’t expect any practical results from politicizing the Zimmerman case, other than to drive turnout in next year’s election,” he concludes.

THE PETITIONS MULTIPLY

“The tragedy of Trayvon Martin and his family is a symptom of the pervasive racial prejudice in our justice system. We urge you to pass the End Racial Profiling Act without delay to help get racial profiling out of law enforcement.”

— Text from a new American Civil Liberties Union petition to Congress.

And among the petitions now featured at the White House “We the People” site: “Petition to Leave George Zimmerman alone, fire Eric Holder,” “No double jeopardy for George Zimmerman,” “Petition a Civil Rights Prosecution of George Zimmerman by U.S. Department of Justice for the death of Trayvon Martin.”

OBAMACARE STRATEGERY

Well, that did not take long. After the U.S. House voted to repeal a pair of intricate Obamacare mandates requiring individuals and employers to carry heath insurance on Wednesday, the White House immediately issued strategic diversions to counter the phenomenon.

“President Obama will deliver remarks at the White House to discuss how the Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of over 8.5 million Americans,” the White House announced late Wednesday.

They set the stage for what’s to come, with lots of handy-dandy numbers.

“Under health care reform, insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care and health care quality improvement, rather than on administrative costs. If they don’t, the insurance companies must provide a rebate to their customers,” the statement said.

“As a result of this provision, 8.5 million consumers nationwide will receive half a billion dollars in rebates this summer, with an average rebate of around $100 per family. This new standard and other ACA policies together helped consumers save approximately $3.9 billion on premiums in 2012.”

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