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  •  Heh, David Brooks was wrong about this: (13+ / 0-)
    As Bill Kristol pointed out at the National Review event, the G.O.P. fiercely opposed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law but never offered an alternative. The party opposed Obamacare but never offered a replacement.
    Obamacare WAS a Republican plan.  Before it was Obamacare, it was Romneycare, and Romney ran on it in 2000.  And before it was Romneycare, it was BobDoleacare, and in 1996, Bob Dole ran on THAT.  

    So the Republicans have lowered themselves to new levels of silliness and allowed their conservative ideas to be taken over by people like Obama -- and they can't understand why they look out of touch.

    ... ALSO... we're all enjoying this.  Me too.  But the Republicans are probably hitting their alcoholic bottom.  We're all laughing at them because they brought a knife to a gunfight.  But they aren't all that insane or stupid and they'll learn.  They always do.  Nothing ever really changes.  We just go through cycles like this.  

    The Republican Party will successfully rebrand itself and we'll all go "huh, how'd they do that so easy?"  The reason they will succeed is that there are always people who will want to vote for the OTHER party, whatever the OTHER party is.  If the OTHER party can figure out how to not go out of its way to offend them.

    For instance, everybody seems to think it's impossible that the Republicans can improve their numbers with blacks and latinos.  Actually, it would be hard for those numbers to get worse, so they will get better even through simple benign neglect, if they can restrain the racist shit long enough.  If they can go back to actually dogwhistling instead of acting like entitled white lynch mobs.  That's a pretty low standard to meet.

    •  You are just referring to Title I (0+ / 0-)

      of the ACA. You seem to be ignorant of Titles II through X which are definitely NOT Repub.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:32:14 PM PST

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      •  Either way, the Republicans did have an (0+ / 0-)

        alternative to the ACA and ran on it.  They just oppose it now.  David Brooks should have known that.

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