November 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #99260
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening with the President, Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This Halloween week, the President visited a cutting edge STEM school in Brooklyn, swore in the new director of the FBI, honored former House Speaker Tom Foley, and spoke on the Affordable Care Act in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. That’s October 25th to to October 31st or, “Never Lose That Sense of Wonder.”
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And always, have a peaceful dayNovember 2, 2013 at 10:18 am #99261
SAME Fake ASS “Liberals” That Say “Disastrous Rollout” Everytime They Mention #ACA, NEVER Say “Disastrous 24 Billion Lost 2 The #GOPShutdownNovember 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #99262
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Just voted in Texas under new ID rules, two of my friends weren’t able to vote with me cuz of them, voter suppression is working. #voteridNovember 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm #99266
Sat Nov 2nd, 2013 at 09:46:53 AM EST
Rightly or wrongly, freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is seen as the man who is responsible for the recent government shutdown. As a result, a small plurality of Republicans now see Cruz as their party’s leader. That is not helping him deal with the simmering resentment he has aroused on Capitol Hill among his colleagues. On Wednesday, Cruz had to offer an olive branch to infuriated members of his caucus by promising not to openly support the Senate Conservatives Fund’s efforts to defeat them in next year’s primaries.
The day before, the SCF had announced that they would spend $330,000 to try to defeat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. They had already run blistering ads against “dozens of Republican senators for rejecting Cruz’s tactics in the budget showdown that led to a 16-day federal shutdown.”
The Establishment reacted with fury, threatening to never do business again with any firm that does work for the SCF. High-level staff at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) blasted away with threats and insults.
“We’re not going to do business with people who profit off of attacking Republicans,” said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the committee. “Purity for profit is a disease that threatens the Republican Party.”
…And on Friday, one of Mr. McConnell’s closest aides offered a vivid metaphor about the leader’s determination.
“S.C.F. has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into,” said Josh Holmes, Mr. McConnell’s chief of staff, now detailed to the National Republican Senatorial Committee through the election. “The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell’s bar and he doesn’t throw you out, he locks the door.”November 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm #99267
Politics More: Obamacare Republicans
Here’s Why Republicans Have No Alternative To Obamacare
Josh Barro Nov. 1, 2013, 2:52 PM
Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation has a new poll out about the Affordable Care Act, and as usual the numbers are mixed. 47% of respondents say they want to keep or expand the law. 37% want to repeal it, with or without a Republican replacement.
But here’s the really alarming figure for Republicans who say they favor alternative approaches to improving the health care system. Only 13% said they favor repeal and replacement with a Republican alternative, even though Republicans’ mantra has been “repeal and replace” for years. 24% say Obamacare should be repealed and not replaced at all.
Only 29% of Republicans favor replacing Obamacare with a Republican alternative to Obamacare.
Conservative columnist Philip Klein has a smart piece today for the Washington Examiner, warning his side against Schadenfreude over President Obama’s broken “if you like your health plan, you can keep it” promise.
The kinds of health reform plans that conservative wonks favor will also force many people to change health plans — because the problems with America’s health care system today are inextricably linked to badly designed health plans. Reinforcing the expectation that reform shouldn’t mean having to change your plan will make it harder for conservative reformers to promote their own plans.
But Klein’s message is lost on his side. The constituency for Republican health reform plans consists of Klein and a few dozen people who work for conservative think tanks.
Back in the real world, Republicans spent the last two election cycles hammering Democrats for cutting Medicare. Now they are hammering the president for not letting everyone keep their old plans if they like them. The de-facto Republican health policy platform is a defense of the pre-Obamacare status quo, period, and Republican base voters are with them.
The Schadenfreude is a problem for Klein, but it’s perfectly strategic for actual Republican politicians, who do not care at all about improving the health care system.
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