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Dr. Monica Wehby in surgical scrubs
Maybe she should keep her day job.
The Monica Wehby campaign is having a weird week. The Oregon Republican candidate for Senate first had her own belated and bizarre defense for harassing her exes—it only means she'll be a committed senator! Okay. Then she releases polling from an iffy Republican pollster to show she's just two points behind incumbent Jeff Merkley, only to have one of the biggest polling operations in the nation—SUSA—step all over her release with their results showing Merkley trouncing her by 18 points.

But it all got really bizarre when conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru pointed out that Wehby had, well, gibberish in her Obamacare replacement plan. A guy, John Goodman who may or may not be president of a thing called the National Center for Policy Analysis leapt to the defense of Wehby's plan by ... making all of Ponnuru's points? Ponnuru said originally that the plan won't work as is, which Goodman agrees with. But then Goodman goes off the rails into whether or not Wehby is "fixing" or "replacing" Obamacare and says that semantics is Ponnuru's problem. Except that Wehby hasn't seemed to be able to make up her mind what exactly she's aiming for.

So here’s where Wehby has stood on replace vs. fix, in chronological order: On the campaign website it outlined a plan of “fixes” with no mention of replacement; the campaign manager then said that Wehby was for replacement; and now the campaign is approvingly tweeting an article that commends her for not wanting a replacement. The tweet itself describes her plan as “reforming Obamacare.” All clear?
One thing is clear: This campaign promises to provide some fun entertainment in the coming months.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Koscadia, PDX Metro, and Daily Kos.

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