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  •  Oh, please! (5+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, dewtx, Shawn87, anon004, sethtriggs

    The Rethugs have no serious interest in reforming or improving our healthcare system.  If they did, they would have done something about it years ago - such as while they held both houses of Congress, plus the Presidency, during the first term of Bush II.

    The only reason they're even talking about doing something is because President Obama went ahead without them, and actually accomplished something.  Doesn't anybody remember five years ago, during the early months of Obama's first term, when the White House organized a healthcare reform "summit", and invited representatives from each major party and from both houses of Congress to brainstorm and deliberate with him?  If so, then do you recall what the Republicans on that committee actually did?

    Well, they urged a lot of caution.  And they talked a lot about "studying" (i.e. stalling) the issue for many months - until the President finally moved ahead without them (thereby prompting them to label him an "imperial president" - because he dared to actually go around all their footdragging and obstructionism).  But actual action from the Republicans?  Um, no.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:44:37 AM PDT

    •  they're not talking to you (0+ / 0-)

      when they rant about the ACA. They're talking to their base.

      Low-turnout midterm elections are won by turning out the base. With no Obama on the ballot, that will be harder for the Democrats.

      Rule #1: the Republican base always, always votes. Because they fear that godless liberals are coming to take away their guns, tax their houses, and teach their children homosexuality in school.

      By constantly running against the ACA, the Republican leadership is giving their base exactly what they want: fire-and-brimstone sermons against the foul, tyrannical laws of the hated Kenyan Mooslim usurper.

      After months of this kind to talk, the GOP base will be all pumped up and raring to go in November.

      They are only trying to communicate with the extremists this year. They don't bother appealing to moderates and undecided voters in off-year elections. Only in presidential elections do those become important.

      Their strategy is working just fine, and it may well pay off in November.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 10:01:13 AM PDT

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      •  Not so fast (1+ / 0-)
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        Their strategy is working just fine, and it may well pay off in November.
        I'm more than a little more optimistic about our chances than you apparently are.

        All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

        by Mystic Michael on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:07:31 PM PDT

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