Gawd, we really are the stupid party.
Once again, Republicans are attempting to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory; responding to artificial bleats from the MSM, and Democrats over what the GOP will do about Obamacare.
Obamacare IS the central, dominant issue in this campaign, as it was in 2010, when voters handed Democrats an electoral bitch-slap for ramming Obamacare through Congress. Some delusional Dems ( see Pelosi, Nancy) may want to pretend differently: let them continue to indulge in make-believe until November.
For several months, as Democrats' prospects in 2014 shrink, we're hearing the plaintive cries that Republicans can't run just on opposition to Obamacare, being the party of NO; that they have to offer their own solutions, yada, yada, yada.
THAT IS PURE CRAPOLA!!!
And of course the House GOP leadership sinks to the occasion, takes the bait, and is about to offer an alternative. We're told they'll offer a detailed plan before the end of the year.
Democrats running for office this November can be divided into three categories:
1. Those from solid (D) districts who are all-but assured of winning, and can continue to spout the fiction that Obamcare will be a good thing for Democrats, and the nation.
2. Those from purple and red states who are absolutely terrified that their votes for Obamacare will cost them their seats.
3. Those running for open seats who do NOT have a vote for Obamacare on their resumes.
The latter two groups are attempting to skirt the issue, either by introducing and supporting legislation that purports to let Americans keep their existing policies ( see Landrieu, Mary) or by making vacuous promises to "mend it"
If and when the GOP introduces their reform proposals, that immediately changes the campaign landscape. The Democrats will be able to pick on aspects of any Republican proposal and distort it ( and use it in their campaign ads). It's their playbook. Heck, it's more than likely that ANY proposal that comes out of the House will aggravate a lot of Republicans.
But why isn't the GOP screaming from the rooftops, every time some Democrat says they want to "mend it, not end it, " or whatever variant of that slogan: OK. TELL US WHAT YOU WOULD DO TO FIX OBAMACARE.
I can list 50 Democrats who want to "fix Obamacare." I can't list one that has offered a single, solitary, specific proposal, let alone introduced a bill to make changes.
Let's consider three Democrat candidates: Nunn, Grimes, and Sink.
All have name recognition, positive favorability ratings, and most important: none voted for Obamacare.
Sink lost her special election, a race Democrats expected to win, explicitly because of Obamacare. It was the key issue. Jolly ran on an avowed promise to repeal it; Sink tepidly wanted to "mend it." Sink lost.
In what is expected to be a Republican march to Senate control, Democrats are actually pinning their hopes on two races in states that lean red: Georgia and Kentucky. Current polls show the races are just about even. We'll have more clarity after the GOP primaries in both states give us the actual candidates.
There is absolutely no way that the Republicans should lose either race; they shouldn't even be close.
Every GOP ad should hit one point, and one point only:
I WILL VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. PERIOD. WILL MY OPPONENT MAKE THE SAME PROMISE?
And when they respond, as they will, with the vague "mend it, don't end it" meme, demand a detailed response:
OK, WHAT ARE YOUR PROPOSALS? HOW DO YOU WANT TO "MEND" OBAMACARE?
Like we're really gonna get answers from any Democrat.
But hey, we Republicans are supposed to take the bait, and offer detailed specifics? We're just voluntarily pinning targets on our backs.
Another in the long list of reasons why Boehner needs to go. Period!