Friday, May 05, 2017

Weren't they singing that on election night, too?

"Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye," Democrats sang at Republicans. A few Democrats even waved goodbye. The implication was obvious: Democrats believed many Republicans had just cost themselves their political careers by voting for an overhaul of Obamacare."

So let's see, what's the next line of dialog?

"I would have succeeded, if it weren't for those meddling kids!"

"Obamacare, the gift that keeps on giving."

"Lucy lines up the ball once again for Charlie Brown Democrats"

(Although they might be right. I still have no idea what's in the bill, and I am confident it's more likely to cement Obamacare in place than to get rid of it. On the other hand, I think it will always be called Obamacare, so conservatives have that going for them.)


Anonymous Lawrence King said...

If Chuck Schumer wanted to advance liberal causes at the expense of glory, he would call up Mitch McConnell and say, "Let's make a deal. Write a bill that's identical to the Affordable Care Act, and publicly declare that it 'repeals and replaces' Obamacare. We will pretend to filibuster you and vote against it, and you will then hold a press conference declaring that Obamacare is dead: long live Trumpcare! That way, we get all the provisions we like, and you get the talking points."

A handful of folks on each side would rail against it, but it would work.

"Jane Fonda on the screen today convinced the liberals it's okay...."

5:32 PM, May 06, 2017  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Regarding the claim by today's Democrats that the AHCA will doom the Republican Party, Ross Douthat offers these comments:


OVER the last seven years, the Republican Party has engaged in increasingly elaborate political suicide attempts. The G.O.P. has nominated cranks and erstwhile witches and Todd Akin in winnable Senate races. It has engaged in Somme-esque trench warfare within its own congressional caucus, shut down the government without a strategy for winning anything out of it, and campaigned on a sub-Ayn Randian narrative about the heroic businessman and the mooching 47 percent. And then, after all its prior efforts at seppuku failed, the party nominated Donald Trump for the presidency.

You know how that turned out.

So it would be a foolish prognosticator indeed who assumed that Thursday’s House vote for the American Health Care Act, a misbegotten Obamacare quasi-replacement with the favorable ratings of diphtheria and the strong support of almost nobody on the right who cares about health policy, will necessarily be the undoing of the congressional G.O.P.

9:06 PM, May 06, 2017  

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