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Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks Republican zeal for Obamacare repeal is flagging, and he's not alone in warning his colleagues that anything less than repeal is just not the Republican way. Jonathon Chait chronicles the new ideological purity test for Republicans.
Meanwhile, conservative health-care writer/activist Jeffrey Anderson has heard the same secret concerns. “It's a question often asked these days in conservative circles: Do you really think Obamacare can be repealed?,” he reveals in the Weekly Standard, “Usually uttered behind closed doors, the question reveals both an un-Reagan-like pessimism and something of a disconnect from political reality.”  [...]

In the absence of meaningful programmatic disagreement, the intra-conservative debate instead revolves around subtle cues of ideological commitment, like party cadres vying not to be the first to stop applauding for Stalin.

Nothing less than a full denial of reality will do for the party purists. It is an article of faith for them that Obamacare will fail, that it's destiny. They cannot acknowledge that the law is working, that the CBO says it's a relative bargain, and that millions of people have benefited. They can't even hint at the idea that reality has shifted because the law is now in effect. They can't talk about reform, because reform means keeping the thing that can't possibly continue to exist. To do so is "un-Reagan-like" heresy.

The end result is the gibberish on full display among Republican Senate candidates. They're getting away with it so far, largely because the traditional media is no better at adjusting to a new narrative than Republicans are. At some point, however, and probably before 2016, reality will bite them on the ass hard enough that they won't be able to deny it any longer.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (30+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:28:56 AM PDT

  •  Discuss it among yourselves children....Moving On. (1+ / 0-)
  •  Eventually, this will diminish (3+ / 0-)
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    skillet, SphericalXS, T100R

    as more and more people DO benefit from it and it DOESN'T collapse.  But, there will always be some deadenders, like those Japanese soldiers who were found on Pacific islands in the 60s and 70s, still fighting for the Emporer.  The longer the deadenders hold sway in the GOP, the better it will be for Democrats in the long run.

    Rush — the quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque Superfund cleanup site that was his soul. -- Jon Stewart

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:45:09 AM PDT

    •  The fight over Social Security has been going on (3+ / 0-)

      for 80 years now and there doesn't appear to be any signs of the fight abating. This is a program that has proven its effectiveness in saving uncounted lives and vastly improving the living conditions of the elderly (and everyone else) in our country. Children no longer are strapped with the full financial burden of maintaining their parents. And it has more than paid for itself, even though the wealthy have never pitched in their fair share. It is extremely popular with the populous. And yet, the fight continues.

      The fight over Obamacare will never end. We must keep the gates secured, be ever vigilant, and continue to push for a system that provides universal healthcare and doesn't give up 20% of our healthcare dollars to insurance companies for no added value.

      Like all great accomplishments, if we don't pay attention and continue to fight, it will be taken away from us. Obamacare is merely the name of the first victory in an ongoing battle to provide a fair and sustainable system of effective, affordable healthcare for everyone.

      "I guess you think you can psych me out by saying really random stuff." -Sora, Hollow Bastion, KH2

      by SphericalXS on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:23:26 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "reality will bite them on the ass hard enough (2+ / 0-)
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      that they won't be able to deny it any longer."

      When has reality ever been a problem for the right to deny?

      They deny evolution.

      They deny global warming.

      They deny that Obama is an American.

      They are serial reality-deniers.  Denying that Obamacare is working will be a cakewalk for them.  

      It just won't win them any votes.

      No matter how cynical you become, you can never keep up.--Lily Tomlin

      by MadScientist on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:10:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If Democrats were smart… (4+ / 0-)
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    leftykook, jfromga, T100R, Mokurai

    They'd have a Death Clock counting up all the unnecessary deaths that failure to expand Medicaid has cost in states where Republicans have blocked expansion.  Every Republican governor should have his own tally of dead bodies piling up on his watch, for failing to do his duty to protect his constituents.  Real faces and real horror stories would not be hard to come by -- Democrats wouldn't have to lie and make shit up, like the Koch Brothers do.

    That's how Republicans play politics.  Why can't Democrats do the same, to save those lives?

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:58:28 AM PDT

    •  Can't rec for some reason but (4+ / 0-)

      yes, it's always mystified me how Democrats don't run on the "life and death" aspect for healthcare reform. Thousands of Americans die each year from lack of insurance, and the Republican governors refusing the Medicaid expansion knowingly let their own citizens die just to stick it to Obama. It's unbelievable. It's basically murder, and that's not even hyperbole.

      I never once see a Republican asked "hey, how do you feel about X number of people who are going to die in your state from lack of insurance?" If the media isn't willing to do it, why aren't the Democrats doing it? Is that not "pragmatic"?

      If I were Obama I'd be slinging that shit all over the TV every chance I got. "Every Republican governor that refuses this expansion is personally responsible for every single preventable death that follows. It may not be a crime, but it is surely criminal."

    •  That comment deserves to be on the front page. (5+ / 0-)

      I'd like to recommend it a thousand times.

      (Instead, I will recommend it zero times, because I have no recommend button at the moment. But the thought it there!)

      "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

      by GussieFN on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:14:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  For some reason, I can't rec either. (0+ / 0-)

      Consider this your rec.

    •  Their path to White House paved with gravestones (0+ / 0-)

      Its completely truthful. It would be effective.

      Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

      by bywaterbob on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:43:12 PM PDT

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  •  If I may . . . (0+ / 0-)

    "At some point, however, and probably before 2016, reality will bite them on the ass hard enough that they won't be able to deny it any longer."

    Strike the word 'probably' and insert 'hopefully.'  I agree that it's a much overused word, but appropriate in the context of elections.

  •  DKos vs the real world. (0+ / 0-)

    New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

    by AlexDrew on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:12:05 PM PDT

  •  Shouldn't the first and only question (0+ / 0-)

    when any Republican says they will repeal Obamacare be "What are you going to put in it's place?"

    Until they can answer that question rationally, they shouldn't be taken seriously.

  •  McMorris-Rodgers in the photo (0+ / 0-)

    you have for the article, has four challengers.  One is a Democrat, one a Republican-turned Independent, and one a Republican.  The Republican challenger said that it was stupid to keep voting to repeal Obamacare, just get the darn thing fixed.

  •  Heretics - lol - then Jindal will love this.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..ass - biter, maybe enough to adjust to this narrative even as it was all opposite speak. A form of "elocution" btw today's GOP seem to have lost the skill to do.  

    • “The profits of corporations have doubled, while workers’ wages have increased by only one quarter

     • “High prices have not been caused by higher wages, but by bigger and bigger profits

     • “Labor has been handcuffed by the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers by the Gerhardt bill

     • “Fair employment practices, which had worked so well during wartime, have been abandoned.”

     • “Tax reduction bills have been passed to benefit the higher income brackets alone.

    The Original Hypocrite: Ronald Reagan - hypocrisy personified when rhetoric doesn't match the action

    Yeah - "government is the problem" - the GOP half that is

  •  ... and the imbecile who jumped off the roof of (0+ / 0-)

    the tall office building was heard, muttering to himself as he passed each floor on the way to the pavement, "So far, so good."

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