EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for March 24, 2010
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Last night Mitch McConnell said the mantra for the GOP in 2010 would be “repeal and replace.” There is a problem with this mantra — some in the Republican caucus actually mean they just want to redo what has been done and substitute some portions. Others want to repeal the whole thing and substitute something entirely different. See, for example, John Cornyn yesterday saying he just wanted to nibble at the edges, only to be forced into renouncing his own words in favor of some mendacious messaging about bipartisan cooperation.
The mixed up musings of the Republican caucus will do in the message.
On the other hand “repeal and start over” makes clear exactly what will happen and is in accord with the variety of polls out there showing the American people wanted Congress to start over before the vote this past Sunday.
But there is something else too. Ignore, if you will, that the way Obamacare works means that should one provision be replaced, all the other provisions would have to be tinkered with. For a Republican caucus that ridiculed the Democrats passing a 2,700 page bill without reading all the details, it is clear the GOP would have to do the same.
But again, let’s ignore that point. Consider this point instead. We know that Obamacare will not work. It will not increase the lifespan of Americans. It will not decrease health care costs. It will not work. However, should the GOP change any part of Obamacare instead of repealing and starting over, the Democrats and media will make the GOP own it. When it does not work, the GOP will get the blame, not the Democrats.
With that being the case, the GOP should repeal and start over.
I have gotten a lot of emails in the past 24 hours, mostly from senior citizens incidentally, asking simply, “How?”
How do we throw them out? How do we replace them with good people?
It is both harder and easier than it looks.
First of all, we need to be realists. Some of the candidates we love won’t cut it. Sometimes we will be split on candidates with you liking someone and me liking someone else — it is okay to disagree, but both of us must understand that at some point, if our candidate cannot raise the money, we need to unite behind one conservative lest the conservatives split the vote and get a moderate elected.
More importantly, we need to pick our battles carefully and wisely.
Yesterday afternoon Senator John Cornyn told the Huffington Post that he was not in favor of repeal, just nibbling at the edges of Obamacare. He later released a clarifying statement saying he did want to repeal the bill and replace it with something “bipartisan.”
Yeah, just like the Democrats wanted.
Then Sen. Mitch McConnell went on John King USA and told John King that conservative dissatisfaction with the Republican leadership was “irrelevant” because in November they’d vote for the GOP.
And you know what? McConnell is right. They will vote for the GOP. Third parties cannot win and will ensure the Democrats win.
But here’s the thing on both counts: conservative dissatisfaction is very relevant in the primaries.
Ben Domenech has more on Chuck Grassley’s quest to have Barack Obama be part of Obamacare.
As Ben noted and I told you about yesterday, Democrats exempted senior Democrat leaders and their staffs from Obamacare. It’s like a scene out of Animal Farm.
I am Randy Neugebauer, the Congressman who said the Democrat’s health care bill is a baby-killer. Now, Democrats are demanding that I apologize for it. I think Red State is a good place to respond to that request, and Erick Erickson was kind enough to allow me to do so.
While the floor of the House was the wrong place to shout out my objection, the fact remains that this legislation will kill babies. And yet, in the face of bi-partisan opposition, Democrats passed the bill anyway.
We now have a clear mission. We must fight like the lives of our children depend upon it. They do. I will fight to repeal this bill. Will you?
My friend Jason Mattera just had his first book published. It’s a great read about liberalism and whatever the kids these days are calling the kids after Gen X’ers — millennials or some such something.
Jason has a terrific take on how Hollywood and the left have really attracted youth and, in effect, lobotomized a generation.
The book came out today. Jason sent me a copy the other day and I just got into it. It definitely makes a good read. He’s an up and coming conservative leadership and we should support guys like Jason.
Go snag a copy and you’ll learn something. I promise.