Honestly, is there any other explanation now?
Obama is flailing about for squirrel distractions again. Mark Pryor is trying to shame Christians into voting for him again despite his Obamacare support by invoking the Bible. The left has finally found a lower limit on attacking conservatives in Martin Bashir which is a nigh incomprehensible display of ethics on their part. And what do we get from the Republicans?
Honestly, maybe the Republicans do want to lose. They want it to go back to the way it was before 1994 and just be the permanent minority. Illusionary opposition parties don’t have to do any real work to fundraise. Just pretend to oppose and drain your base of cash with your duplicity while voting the way the big donors want. If recent history is any guide, it’s not as though they care the slightest bit about conservatives and are perfectly happy to just use them.
A few problems on that point though now though. The Democrats have managed circumstances like California and Illinois. Republican nonexistence has been done, and they would be happy to repeat the feat at the national level. That, and the previously trusting base is forming things like Tea Parties and the kernel of a replacement party because the old-school theatrics don’t work any more. Pre-1994 is gone forever.
Still, the Republicans could be gullible enough to believe the good old days will return. If you guess they’ll do something stupid to get them back, you’re taking a small step out on a sturdy limb. Either that, or they believe won’t pay for it because Obamacare will be so vile all else will be overlooked. I’m sure Romney thought so too.
Agreeing with the optics observation about the Obamacare web site is a good way to go. Obama does most of what he does for appearances and this most massive of his bungling is no exception. The site just has to look good for now. The capacity to do any real good would require merit on his part and no one who’s actually observing him would credit him with any. But as much trouble as the site is giving him now, imagine what would be happening if it was working?
That’s when the real trouble begins.
Anyone and everyone getting a view of the ‘offerings’ at the site would be seeing the prices. They would be noticing that the lovely look doesn’t do much to gloss over higher prices, giant deductibles, and access restrictions. A perfectly working site would let anyone see this in crash-free clarity just in time for 2014, and there’s nothing yet another presidential ‘tweak’ of the law could do to hide it. It’s not as though we’re all going to pile into the system per the theory and prevent the death spiral. It costs less not to do so.
So let him think the errors are as bad as it gets because it’s only going to get worse once he has them fixed.
No politics today. Take the time to be with your family and give thanks for what has gone right in your life. Dwelling on the positive for a day will certainly do me some good, and I’m happy to recommend it to you. There are always more fights to come when dealing with the RINOs and Democrats, but they can wait until tomorrow.
The Democrats have a huge problem. Obamacare isn’t rolling out to be a popular or workable solution to much of anything, unless you happen to be one of the people looking to solve an excess of good sense, prosperity, or savings. It’s already affected quite a few and it hasn’t even started yet. Come next year no small number of people will be getting a bitter dose of Obamacare right before the elections. But despite it all, there’s nothing certain about Obama going under the bus and kissing the undercarriage to which he’s introduced so many people.
A few things might just prevent that wondrous day from occurring.
- Amnesty still lurks in the background. Boehner is bound and determined to pander on it come hell or high water. Should he and the Establishment Republicans decide they’re going to push it after the primaries because Obamacare will be so bad we’d overlook it, Republican momentum will stop. The last time our RINO betters decided, in their infinitesimal wisdom, that Obama was so bad the conservatives would elect anyone to be rid of him was 2012. President Romney might disagree that it was a good plan.
- Admission of failure vs. self-preservation for the Democrats. If Obamacare goes, it’s effectively an admission of failure for the Democrats, liberalism, and the theory of Big Government Is The Best Government. Yes, Obamacare will end careers, but it’s not going anywhere if Democrats think it will also end the party, the dream of socialized medicine, and liberalism in general. If they can save themselves by just ruining Obama? Then he gets to enjoy the proverbial tire tread rolling over him as they save their own hides, but for nothing less.
- Replace Democrats with which Republicans? It’s the $64,000 question as replacing them with RINOs is absolutely worthless. If the primaries don’t go well and we rack up another slate of big-government loving crony friendly candidates, why back them? Enough of us know nothing will get done even if they constitute the majority.
As nice as it is to hear Obama is losing ground at long last, the opportunity to turn the country around must still be paired with people who’ll take it. We don’t have them in place quite yet, and given history there’s no point in stopping until we do.