Within three days, Politico and Reuters published two previews of the confirmation hearings that seemed diametrically opposed: Politico concluded the long-expected showdown was "looking more and more like a dud." Reuters countered that GOPers are "relishing the chance" to push their anti-Obamacare message.Boy, it's hard to imagine Republicans wouldn't be able to come up with a cohesive Obamacare strategy, isn't it? Republican Sen. David Vitter is still, remarkably pushing his "no Obamacare for congressional staff" bill (how he still has any staff is a mystery) and he's been willing to take hostages to try to get that vote in the past, so he might be toying with that hold. But so far, he's kept mum on Burwell.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), a member of both of the committees that Burwell will face, seemed more concerned in an interview with Politico with how she planned to handle public health issues than re-litigating Obamacare. But then a GOP spokeswoman told Reuters the hearings would "focus on all of the Obamacare-related disasters." […]
No cohesive strategy has emerged. Several members of Louisiana's congressional delegation have asked their senators to put a hold on Burwell's confirmation in protest, as first reported by Roll Call and confirmed by TPM. But another likely source of instigation, the Texas delegation, which already has Sen. Ted Cruz at its side, hasn't had any discussions about doing the same, aides told TPM.
Ultimately, since filibuster reform means that an executive nominee can't be blocked by Republicans, Burwell will be confirmed. How much of a fight Republicans put up on the way there will be a big indicator of whether they're ready to finally move on from Obamacare.