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GOP beginning to reject spine implant

Principles begin to yield to politics and Republicans begin to waffle and second guess themselves:

Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law.

It’s fine to criticize the health law and the way Democrats pushed it through Congress without a single GOP vote, these party leaders say. But focusing on its outright repeal carries two big risks.

Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California.

So the party that has unceasingly told us how bad this bill is (and rightfully so), cast no votes in its favor (rightfully so), make the case that it will add trillions to our deficit and our debt (rightfully so) and therefore should be repealed (rightfully so) are now getting cold feet.

Wow. What a freakin’ surprise. And they wonder why they can’t generate any sustainable grassroots excitement about their party. Politics ain’t bean bag, Republicans and it rewards those who take risks.  You either stand for something or you don’t.  7 months, the winning issue handed to them on a silver platter (it’s about the size, scope and cost of government you idiots) and these dopes begin to waffle. Amazing. Not surprising given their record and their seeming desire to be the permanent minority, but amazing that they can’t seem to figure it out none-the-less.



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14 Responses to GOP beginning to reject spine implant

  • Well, it’s certainly good to see that some Republicans, like my wonderful senators from Maine, are not taken in by all that tea party extremism. They understand that the proper way forward is to sit down and work our problems out. That way everyone gets something, but the process of transforming society into a leftist utopia is never threatened.

    You silly righties, especially the wigged out ex-military types who post around here, just don’t understand the historical inevitability of our march to glorious leftist salvation. {eyes rolling} Europe has shown us the way, and we’re definitely, definitely moving closer and closer to a society run by wise elites in which Nazi-like climate deniers who want to hurt my kids are held in proper check, and where extremist tea partiers are properly put in their place by my comrades colleagues in the media and shown to be a fringe element who are just captivated by Sarah Palin’s full lips and ample bosom.

    Because in reality there are only a few tea partiers, as my analysis has shown. {eyes rolling} Why, there were only a few thousand in Washington for that big march you dense righties got all excited about, because a random leftist on wikipedia says so, and that’s definitely a better source for information for my analysis than some DC parks person who was actually on the scene. You’re just deluding yourself if you think otherwise, and that’s not either projection, so stop saying that! And I’m sure the numbers are exagerrated everywhere else too. Because there just can’t be very many people who are so wrong-headed. There just can’t be. With wise leftists running the educational system for generations, we have indoctrinated carefully taught everyone that benevolent, ever-increasing government is necessary and inevitable.

    Why, it will give us guaranteed health care! So you thick righties need to shut up about all your charts and graphs and stories about all the doctors that are retiring. With wise leftists in control of the healthcare system, how could it not work? I see wise leftist control of just about everything in the university, and it works great.

    If you disagree, you doth protest too much. {chuckle} LOL

  • Let me stipulate that I am never surprised by any act of cowardice, avarice, or flat-out stupidity on the part of the GOP, but note that this is a story from MiniTru that the party “leaders” are:

    1.  Mark Kirk, running for Senate in IL, who says that the GOP should “pursue a ‘more effective approach’ of trying to ‘minimize its harmful impacts.'”

    2.  Bob Corker, who says “‘It’s a great political issue,’ … but opponents will never muster the 67 votes needed in the 100-member Senate.”

    3.  John Cornyn, who says, “‘The focus really should be on the misplaced priorities of the administration’ and Congress’ Democratic leaders.”

    What do McConnell, Boehner, and other GOP leaders say?  Did the writers even ask them?  Or WERE they asked, but their answers didn’t fit the meme?

    I suggest that what we’re seeing is MiniTru agitprop: attempting to defeat repeal efforts AND weaken GOP turnout in the midterms by convincing GOP voters that their party isn’t going to do what they want, so they might as well shut up about it and stay home.  I think that this is how the GOP wound up with John McCain as their nominee in ’08: MiniTru picked him by hammering GOP voters with stories during the primaries about how popular he was, how moderate, how centrist, how electable.  This is also the same sort of thing that MiniTru did during the health takeover “debate”: they ran story after story, analysis after analysis, about how wonderful the bill would be, how polls showed that huge majorities of Americans wanted reform, how bad the current system is, and how greedy insurance companies were conspiring with racist tea baggers to derail the bill because they hate having a black man in the Oval Office deliver free health care to sick people.  MiniTru also used to trot out a handful of tame Republicans like McCain, Graham, and Chuck Hagel when they wanted to criticize Bush and the war in Iraq: “See!  Even Republican leaders hate him and think he’s a fool!”

    The best propaganda comes from people that your target audience believes are like themselves.  Lord Haw Haw was an Englishman.  Tokyo Rose spoke perfect English.  Jane Fonda was a good-looking American woman.

    Again, it would come as no surprise to me to know that the GOP’s efforts to repeal ObamaCare will be half-hearted and ineffective.  I’ve written before that many in the GOP leadership are not opposed to federal health care in principle: they merely want to be in control of it.  However, I also think that it would suit MiniTru and their democrat masters quite well if they could convince Americans that the GOP won’t even try to repeal ObamaCare, and hence there’s no point in voting for them or even continuing to discuss the issue.

  • I think that it hurts them even more that the waffling seems to be for purely political reasons (ie, they worry that it may cost them a shot at some seats in November).  How is selling out as a party supposed to be better than standing on principle and risking a few seats?

  • If the Republicans will not fight, then they will die as a party.

    If they allow one-sixth of the economy to be shanghaied by Democrats, against the will of most Americans, and allow the Feds to insert themselves into life and death decisions, changing the relationship between individual and the state, then I will be happy to see the Republican Party evaporate.

    Get some fighters on the front lines, not these reticent country club slow gin fizz sipping haute cuisine eating pink dress wearing wimp wussie pants pissing botoxed fools.

    • “If the Republicans will not fight, then they will die as a party.”
      Indeed.  If they do not, then they should die.  The Donkeys should win every election until the establishment GOP is relegated to the scrap-heap of history, and the nation should be run into the ground as fast as possible if that’s what it takes for people to wake the hell up.

  • Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade.

    So their answer is to disillusion them now before they can even use this as an issue to get elected?  Stupid Party is being stupid.  If they don’t get their act together someone is actually going to get somewhere with a 3rd party.

  • a failed crusade

    Isn’t this about par for the Pro-lifers in the GOP ?
    .. but that didn’t stop Reagan from supporting (but doing nothing about) it.

  • This is just about the best approach ever for falling into your opponents arms.  The majority of the populations do not want tinkering around the margins of this legislation.  We can see most of the Democrats trying to hide from the health care legislation and others trying to rename it (see above post).  Even though the Democrats and Obama trying to say people really support this plan (they must be lying in the polls), it is clear there is massive dissatisfaction with what was done.
    The Republicans do not need 67 votes.  They need the House.  It would be fine to defund this monster and pass legislation overturning national health care, as it has  been passed, that either dies in the Senate or is sent to the President for his veto.  Anyone running in 2012 is quaking about having to defend this approach to health care.  I want to see Obama and all the 2012 Senators running on keeping this law.  Then we will see who is right.   But, I think we already know that answer.

  • I believe that a majority of Americans want the elimination of the pre-existing condition problem and a solution for the high-cost emergency room care that we are currently paying for, to cite just two examples.  Perhaps the particular manner in which the bill attempts to solve these problems and other problems could be changed through amendments, but I don’t think most people want another ten years of inaction on these issues, which would likely be the result of repeal.
    Yes, the principle is clear, but some compromise is necessary if we don’t want to continue to live with these problems.  I don’t.  Do you?  Ignoring history and the real world and pretending that we can repeal this bill and then proceed immediately to write the correct one…

    • Actually I think people don’t really want a pre-existing condition terms as much as they want to have ability to switch healthcare if they already had healthcare but developed a condition.  They actually want post-existing condition portability.  People don’t want to become job locked.
      Assuming some reciprocity, that would be of minimum impact and allow people job freedom which would be good for both employer and employee in the long run.
      Anyone who wants to have pre-existing condition coverage and don’t plan on having healthcare already intends to abuse the system by buying healthcare only when they get sick.  That’s an abuse and will collapse the insurance system.

      • That last statement also goes for anyone who plans on buying $10,000 deductible health insurance or pay the fine/fee then switching up to premium healthcare when they get sick.