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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa December 29, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Nuttiness apparently isn't as magnetic as it once was.
It may not continue. After all, the Party of No hasn't suddenly become reasonable. But for the moment, there seems to be a hiatus in its effort to throttle the Affordable Care Act:
In a sign that the GOP’s anti-Obamacare fervor may finally be giving way to political reality, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest Obamacare repeal bill doesn’t have a single co-sponsor in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Bachmann made introducing the repeal bill her first order of business for the 113th Congress, even as millions of Americans waited for House Republicans to act on a disaster relief package in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

And two other anti-Obamacare bills — one to repeal the law’s individual insurance mandate and another introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to repeal the whole law — also do not have any co-sponsors. By contrast, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) so-called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” had a total of 182 cosponsors by the fourth day of the 112th Congress, and House Republicans successfully voted to repeal Obamacare a staggering 33 times during the last session—costing taxpayers an approximate $50 million.

Public support for repeal plunged from 46 percent in July to 33 percent in November (See Slide 12).

The sudden inability for Bachmann and King to get support for their repeal bills doesn't mean, as Sy Mukherjee points out, that Republicans have entirely given up on messing with health care reform. But the representatives' failure to gain co-sponsors on what was just a few months ago a signature issue for Republicans indicates that elections do, indeed, have consequences.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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