Head Obama for America flack Jim Messina's got yet another reeking-of-desperation fundraising email out complaining that - Prepared to be terrified, folks! - the GOP candidates are all promising to take a stake through the heart of Obamacare and kill it dead, dead, dead on their first day in office. This is, of course, a fringe position - if one can define 'fringe' as 'supported by somewhere around 52% of the population*,' which the Democrats will certainly at least try to do.
Anyway, Messina's a bit wordy when he's whining. That means that I can cut down the meat of his argument, such as it is:
Most candidates promise to do something great, even historic, on their first day in office.
But this year's Republican presidential candidates are oddly and singularly focused: They'd all repeal Obamacare on Day One, and take our health care system right back to where it was.
Several thoughts on that, in reverse order:
- "[T]ake our health care system right back to where it was?" With a promise like that... here's the link to the RNC's donation page. Mean-spirited of Messina not to provide it, seeing as he's doing our fundraising for us with statements like that.
- "But this year's Republican presidential candidates are oddly and singularly focused..." Really. Indeed? Do tell. The populace wants us to take Obamacare and stake it through the heart, Messina. Try to keep up.
- "Most candidates promise to do something great, even historic, on their first day in office." You mean, like... signing an Executive Order closing Gitmo?
How did that go, again? Of course: straight down the memory hole. Well, how about the Executive Order where the President froze White House salaries above $100K? ...Oh, right, never mind. Hey, there was that entire Presidential records transparency thing... which didn't happen either. Enhanced interrogation? They won't say. Detainee policy generally? Well now**.
In other words, Jimmy-my-lad... what exactly is the real difference between all the stuff that your guy promised to do on his first day in office, and all the stuff that my eventual guy is promising to do on his first day in office? - Besides the obvious one that my guy will actually do it, or suffer the consequences from his own side...
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*That's the better news for the Democrats. The worse news is that the above poll - of adults, by the way - finds that 2/3rds of the population want to kill the individual mandate. They want to kill it with fire.
**Honestly, it's a miracle that this site cataloging Obama's Executive Orders isn't always down for maintenance.