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#1 Spectacles

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:44 AM

Clever. :) And as far as I can tell, accurate.

http://www.theatlant...ate-lego/70210/
"Facts are stupid things." -Ronald Reagan at the 1988 Republican National Convention, attempting to quote John Adams, who said, "Facts are stubborn things"

"Although health care enrollment is actually going pretty well at this point, thousands and maybe millions of Americans have failed to sign up for coverage because they believe the false horror stories they keep hearing." -- Paul Krugman

#2 Spectacles

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 07:01 AM

On the maybe-some-good-news-front, polls show the shutdown is REALLY hurting the GOP's image--as was predicted by most people outside the Tea Bubble.

http://www.theatlant...ublicans/70422/

I'm sure that some of the Tea Partiers remain emboldened by polls in their very red, very right-wing-indoctrinated districts. But the Republican party overall is suffering some seriously bad PR over this, mainly because it's dawning on most Americans that this shutdown results from their efforts to blackmail the government into overturning a law they don't like.

Fortunately, most Americans get that this is not the way to deal with laws you don't like. The way to do that is to win elections. From the polls, it looks like the GOP won't be doing a lot of that in next year's midterms.

A better strategy would have been to pass a clean CR and let Obamacare speak for itself. If it's every bit as bad as the Tea Party people say, then there will be a MASSIVE uprising against it next year. Republicans would then take the House and the Senate and they could possibly even impeach Obama for ruining American with his hard-left commie health insurance reforms.

But no.

Which makes one wonder just how much they actually believe their own rhetoric about the awfulness of Obamacare.

Think about it: one of their demands was to delay its implementation one year. That would enable them to still campaign against the scary b.s. they've been claiming about it. Reality might challenge those lies a bit too much. So they were desperate to postpone it for a year.

If that's the case, then this shutdown is mainly about preserving GOP campaign propaganda for 2014.

At any rate, they seem to have made a mistake. Maybe cooler and wiser heads in the GOP can point to these poll numbers and get their colleagues from the talk-radio-wing to reconsider the wisdom of their blackmail strategy.

For the record, I do think Obama and Democratic leadership share some blame for this: had they not caved in 2011 and assorted other times to this same sort of blackmail from the right, they wouldn't have expected him to blink this time.

Edited by Spectacles, 11 October 2013 - 07:05 AM.

"Facts are stupid things." -Ronald Reagan at the 1988 Republican National Convention, attempting to quote John Adams, who said, "Facts are stubborn things"

"Although health care enrollment is actually going pretty well at this point, thousands and maybe millions of Americans have failed to sign up for coverage because they believe the false horror stories they keep hearing." -- Paul Krugman



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