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What happens when eight million people sign up for private insurance under Obamacare and millions more get coverage under the law's Medicaid expansion? This:
House Republicans have no scheduled votes or hearings on ObamaCare, signaling a shift in the party’s strategy as the White House rides a wave of good news on the law.  

Not a single House committee has announced plans to attack the healthcare law in the coming weeks, and only one panel of jurisdiction commented to The Hill despite repeated inquiries.

GOP campaign committees also declined to say whether they will launch any new efforts on the law.

But according to Senate Republicans, the notion that Republicans are running from their attacks on Obamacare is a load of bunk:
“There is absolutely zero evidence that any Republican is talking about ObamaCare less,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Brook Hougesen in a statement.
Oh yeah? Well, then what do you call this?
Chart showing Fox turns attention to Benghazi as Obamacare's success grew.
I mean, I guess you could argue that the only reason that Republicans are talking about Benghazi and not Obamacare is that Benghazi is the biggest scandal in American history—but only if you're delusional. If you're grounded in reality, the real reason couldn't be more obvious: Even the GOP understands that repealing health care coverage for millions of Americans is a terrible campaign message, and Benghazi is a shiny object with which to distract their gullible base.

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  •  Doesn't mean the Dems can't talk about it. (31+ / 0-)

    Incumbents should talk about how they voted for it and how they're damn proud of it, and if they're in a state that decided not to expand healthcare, explain to the public how many people in their state/district it harms and how it would cost the state nothing to do it. Explain to them how much Politics means to the Republicans, how they're willing to let people die for it.

    •  Nor only costing states nothing..but people paid.. (6+ / 0-)

      ..into the Fed. treasury with their tax dollars are now denied access to healthcare expansion that would pump billions into the state. But with republican governors obstinate refusal, the people of that republican mismanaged state get zero on their investment.
      Also: Could this 6th year 2014 midterm elections end up a replay of 1998 Dems gains?

      After failing to garner insurance co. co-operation in hearings designed to prove one of the GOP’s many lies, the non-paying “takers” stories fell completely flat.  Even Marsha Blackburn was reduced to less than her usual self righteous bloviating. At minute 6:42 on the video is a chart that was featured on MSNBC from a  Jed Lewison Diary that tells the tale:

      ..Kudos to Jed 
      Further along Chris Hayes speaks with Charles Pierce on the politics around the various pseudo-scandals and the GOP and what happened last time the GOP pulled this crap in an earlier 6th year midterm election, 1998.  Against long odds the republicans lost seats. The Dems gained.  Today the same midterm odds against Dems chances are being reported today.  But so are the RWNJ’s tactics and foul play methods as in 1998. Impeachment is even buzzing around and not just with the teabaggers.  

      Chris Hayes is asking whether the republican scandal mongering we’re seeing today is comparable to 1998
      Charles Pierce starting @ minute 9:16

      Chris Hayes: “Charlie do you see any parallels here(?)..I’ve been saying the whole time - ‘they’re not that dumb – they’re not that dumb, they’re not going to go through this again, and I think this select committee..I’m beginning to question my.. what I thought before.”

      Charles Pierce:  “Well..I mean it takes awhile to get the Kangaroo suit out of mothballs, ah. I do think they understand the dynamic. And I do think that they have short term political goals that have blinded then to long term liabilities, which is basically what happened in 1998.

      Chris: “What happened in 1998, and here’s where I see the replay is..they started creating these institutions and bodies that had their own gravitational pull and their own momentum, and once you have the independent counsel, then it kind of got out of everybody’s hands pretty quickly. There were some people urging it on.
      To me, that’s the real danger to John Boehner. You start getting subpoenas; you get stonewalling; you get, you know, invocations of executive privilege. You get F0X fanning the flames and the next thing you know, you’re on the road to escalating”

      Charles: “ Yeah, well that’s the thing. When you compare the Obamacare issue and the Benghazi issue; I shudder to call it an issue -  but let’s just do it for argument sake, it’s a lot easier to do the Benghazi issue because you can make it up. You can make up the numbers on Obamacare but sooner or later math is going to cross you.
      You can make up anything you want about the Benghazi thing, and if the President withholds one e-mail, it’s no longer about Benghazi, it’s about ‘what are they hiding?’.  An you can get another two weeks out of that.”

      Chris:  “And it’s the meta-scandal of course, that the other part of it that’s reminiscent of the Clinton years... there was this carousel  of scandals …and that’s what similar to me about Benghazi; what the scandal is keeps changing.”

      Charles:  “Well there was a memorable moment, I’ll never forget it,.. in a congressional hearing where Ken Starr came before a house committee and was being questioned I think much to his unhappiness, by Barney Frank ; And Ken Starr admitted that there wasn’t anything on white water;  there wasn’t anything on travel-gate;  there wasn’t anything on the cattle futures;  there wasn’t anything on the billing records;  there wasn’t anything on the suicide of Vince Foster;  And I think Barney looked at him and said something like – ‘It would have been nice if you’d told us that a year and a half ago.’  

      (short ad – sorry)  
       Link to All In :  

      Not that we Dems can let up , and it would be very dumb to depend on republican idiocy no matter how plain to see,  but Chris and Charles may be onto something here.

      My comment @ Daily Kos Open Thread for Night Owls:

      •  All the signs point to massive right wing GOP (3+ / 0-)
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        overreach that will even surpass the Clinton impeachment overreach.

        They so adamantly believe that #benghazi! will doom Obama and all Democrats for the next generation or so, they are going to go full bore right from the start.

        And, once they see that they're getting no traction, their response will not be to moderate and reevaluate their beliefs, but instead they'll amp up the red faced spitting rage and, very quickly, turn that rage on the 'brainwashed sheeple on the Democrat Plantation.'


        "Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

        by John O0Connor on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:40:28 AM PDT

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        •  Any Democrat on the committe (1+ / 0-)
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          Should hold up an unmarked map of Africa and dare the Republican members, one-by-one, to put a dot on the map where they think Benghazi is.

          "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

          by greendem on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:54:03 PM PDT

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          •  I LIKE that idea! (3+ / 0-)
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            "Well... I personally believe... that some US Americans... are unable to do so because some people... out there in our country... don't have maps and therefore are unable to do so."

            I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

            by mojo11 on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:30:37 PM PDT

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          •  And then hold up a world map (4+ / 0-)

            with pins inserted in:
            Calcutta, India
            Karachi, Pakistan (two pins go here)
            Denpasar, Indonesia
            Islamabad, Pakistan
            Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
            Tashkent, Uzbekistan
            Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
            Damascus, Syria
            Athens, Greece
            Sana'a, Yemen (also gets two pins)
            Istanbul, Turkey
            Ask the Republicans to identify ANY of these consulatesembassies that were attacked during the Bush administration, and what their response was.

            Then bring up the fact that the GOP cut $450 Million from Embassy Safety funding before Benghazi.

      •  I do remember that Ken Starr moment (0+ / 0-)

        I also remember sending an in channel message to Specter that explained that if he and his ilk continued with insanitygate, proving that politicians lie, that the next Republican that would ever see federal service and especially, the Oval Office would be after the second coming of Christ.
        As he and I were personally acquainted and he knew of both my disdain of politicians and of religion, he knew full well how long that would be.
        He also was acquainted with my special operations experience and track record, from field operations to psyops. I'm just a pure nightmare.  :)

        Thank the tea party for my joining the democratic ranks.
        It just pissed me off beyond imagination when I had to calm combat soldiers down when they were departing on war patrol in terrorist land and they were worried about "second amendment remedies".
        Though, what I told senior NCO's and Officers was a bit dimmer.  It wasn't it was all talk, it was, "If they do, we'll redeploy home and treat them the same way we treat AQ and the taliban.".
        We'll suffice it to say that the reception was highly positive.  :)

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      Tell them their governor and legislators are the death panels you have heard so much about!!!

  •  Next move: revert to calling it the ACA! nt (5+ / 0-)

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:04:36 AM PDT

  •  Doesn't that remind you of a hocky stick?? n/t (7+ / 0-)

    "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

    by RonK on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:05:38 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Jed (3+ / 0-)
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    I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:06:07 AM PDT

  •  until the next health-related crisis meme (1+ / 0-)
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    I mean, I guess you could argue that the only reason that Republicans are talking about Benghazi and not Obamacare is that Benghazi is the biggest scandal in American history—but only if you're delusional. If you're grounded in reality, the real reason couldn't be more obvious: Even the GOP understands that repealing health care coverage for millions of Americans is a terrible campaign message, and Benghazi is a shiny object with which to distract their gullible base.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:12:25 AM PDT

  •  There's always Benghazi (3+ / 0-)
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    And we can pretend that health care reform is a bad/scary thing.

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:12:34 AM PDT

  •  BenghaziCARE. (3+ / 0-)
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    GOP - Lets try embassies without ambassadors or security.

    Senate Republicans last year refused to confirm Ford, and several other ambassadors the President nominated, and Obama was forced to issue recess appointments.
    GOP cut before.
    House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected. Read More
    GOP cut after.
    Republicans have sought to cut hundreds of millions of dollars slated for security at U.S. embassies and consulates since gaining control of the House in 2011.

    Read more:

    Block, cut, and fud dutt.
  •  Washington Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    may have pivoted to BENGHAAAAZ! but out here in the hinterlands Republicans vying for the nomination are flogging it like a 12 year old boy with his first Playboy.  

    The ads in Oregon are primarily:

    I hate Obamacare and I'll make it go away.

    I hate it more and I'll make it go away faster.  And you once said something that could be interpreted as not hating it enough.


    Did too

    Did not.

    These are supposed to be serious people.
  •  She calls it lies from the extreme far left, ofc. (0+ / 0-)

    What would you expect?

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:25:20 AM PDT

  •  We should laugh every time they say Benghazi (2+ / 0-)
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    Laugh out loud and say Benghazi is just a Republican fund raising scheme (because it is) Then start talking about Obamacare!

    1.  millions are denied Medicaid coverage because Republican legislators and governors refuse to accept the federal funding to expand it.  
    2. Taxpayers in red states are paying for Medicaid expansion in liberal states like MA, CA, and NY because their Republican legislators/governors refuse to accept federal funding to expand it.
    3. Many Dems would prefer a single payer, Medicare for all approach.

  •  Time to PIVOT! (0+ / 0-)

    But, seriously.. rather than running from Obamacare's "successes", I think the perhaps have merely squeezed that for all they can get out of it and are moving on..

    The polls on ACA are still pretty bad (perhaps irrationally so), and I don't see much changing the voter's opinions between now and November.

  •  This Benghazi fixation is near-operatic (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . so it deserves the only appropriate response, "Benghazi - The Musical!"

  •  obamacare is a distraction from benghazi. (0+ / 0-)

    republican brains can only process small amounts of information.

    •  yeah - being reptilian, and all... (0+ / 0-)


      America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

      by dagnome on Mon May 12, 2014 at 01:07:05 PM PDT

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  •  Editor in Chief of Reason Magazine (libertarian) (1+ / 0-)
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    With More Competition and Choice, Obamacare Might Not Be So Horrible

    Three decent "improvements" suggested.  

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:42:44 AM PDT

  •  Perhaps, Harry Reid should (3+ / 0-)
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    schedule some votes on the 50+ House actions to repeal Obamacare  -- just in time for the Fall campaign.   Let's see if those Senate Republicans put their money where their mouths are on this.

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:44:13 AM PDT

  •  Chart of the week. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  The other side of the coin (1+ / 0-)
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    If this analysis of the recent lack of R activity on the ACA is correct, it suggests that the Rs are not talking Benghazi  now out of any sort of confidence that this non-issue is a winner for them.  In their calculation, it's just less of a loser.  

    They know they have crazies in their party who have to keep shouting to the rooftops that this administration is worse than the Third Reich, or their heads will explode from the accumulating pressure of not letting the evil spirits out their brains through their mouths.  Letting these people continue to vent over the ACA was becoming too embarrassing, because there's real success behind the ACA.  Redirecting the crazy talk to Benghazi is seen as a safer vent precisely because there's no there, there.  Say all the crazy things you want about Benghazi, and at least there aren't 8 million plus voters out there to contradict you.

    We need to make  them pay for that mistake, for once again recognizing that  they have a problem -- crazies in their party spewing over the ACA -- but once again failing to do the right thing, controlling their crazies, in favor of doing the same old thing, sweeping their crazies problem under the rug.  

    Benghazi may be safer for them as a vent for their crazies because there is nothing there, nothing real that 99.99% of the voters will ever care about, but that freedom from reality just makes the crazies freer to invent more and more bizarre and unhinged content.  The Benghazi mythos already has the ACA beat hands down in terms of florid overgrowth of ever-branching conspiracy theories.

    Our side should encourage Benghazi fever as much as we can without being too obvious.  Hell, go ahead and be too obvious -- Drudge will have another conspiracy theory out about that within the hour.  The matter has already been investigated enough that we know there's nothing even optically embarrassing, much less any actual substantive mistake, that might be revealed.  All the embarrassment from here on out is going to be on their side.

    As Mao didn't say, "Let a thousand conspiracy theories bloom!".  

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:53:16 AM PDT

  •  Repubs think Benghazi is 9-11 (1+ / 0-)
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    Benghazi ain't shit, 9-11 is.

  •  It's not so much about distracting their base (1+ / 0-)
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    But more about keeping them angry.  Republicans require an enemy at al times in order to both focus and have a target to blame all of their problems on.

  •  The actual quote (1+ / 0-)
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    “There is absolutely zero evidence that any Republican is talking about, um, stuff less,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Brook Hougese. "We say a lot of stuff about um, you know, stuff, such as Benghazi. Why don't you ever ask about Benghazi? I bet you wish Benghazi would just go away. Well, Benghazi isn't going away."

  •  Keep up the pressure! (0+ / 0-)

    Great point and the Dems need to keep up the pressure. Every time a Dem is on a talking head program, bring up Obamacare. Learn from the Repubs, dammit! We have them down on this issue. Don't let them back up but keep on hitting them. (Sorry for the violent imagery, any suggested improvement will be appreciated.)

  •  "Oh yeah? Well, then what do you call this?" (0+ / 0-)

    I call it the Viagra Graph.

    Courtesy, please. Unless the reply is idiotic. Then everybody's on their own.

    by franklyn on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:04:15 PM PDT

  •  Wow, something for our citizens (0+ / 0-)

    and it works, it really does folks. Now there are millions who can go see their Doctor, and not be forced into suffering from pre-existing conditions or not be able to afford their children's healthcare. This is how a democratic society works; it provides for its people, it stewards its people. The GOP, does not care! They have repeated their opposition and even shut down, gleefully, the entire government with their showboating antics of I DON'T CARE. Now we simply must remember this when the elections come and vote for a moral candidate who refuses to be bought and paid for by others than his constituency. Ask the GOPers why they are happy with taking away from millions of citizens the right to affordable health care? Ask them how is it that they have such good insurance plans and no waiting in line at the Dr's office? Hmmm.

  •  So we can officially call Benghazi a GOP Diversion (0+ / 0-)

    From what I get from this article Benghazi is just a clever little redirect of the Public mind away from the rising success stories and positive studies coming out about the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

    Dredging up the Benghazi issue is akin to an magician utilizing   distraction for a Magic trick.. they don't want you watching the hand with healthcare successes so they use the Benghazi hand to keep you from seeing what is actually going on with Medicaid expansion and the people that are dying because it vanished.

  •  But those are (0+ / 0-)

    FOX news mentions, not the GOP.  They're not the same thing (wink, wink).

  •  Confronted with that graph ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... I would expect a Republican to respond with the following ...

    "Since when does FOX News speak for the Republican Party?"

    At which point, I would further expect any sane person in the room who hears that question to erupt into peals of uncontrollable laughter.

    OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

    by mstaggerlee on Wed May 14, 2014 at 12:19:51 PM PDT

  •  Pathetic (0+ / 0-)

    Both parties suck but the GOP has become such a pathetic, useless entity. I have heard that they may be on their way to political extinction. As far as I am concerned it could happen tomorrow.

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