Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist:
[Health Care Reform] has many strong elements. And those elements, whatever happens, need to be preserved, need to be cuddled, need to be snuggled, need to be promoted and need to be implemented.
Which in turn inspired Jack Stuef to write Wonkette‘s headline of the day:
Bill Frist To Take Health Care Legislation To Prom, Get It Pregnant
Last year, I was amused by John Boehner’s Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. But now that the Republicans are in the majority, they’re really giving up the subtlety with their bill to repeal Health Care Reform, which is called the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.
Nathan Yau at Flowing Data is annoyed by this unnecessarily complicated chart made to ridicule Health Care Reform. It was created by Republicans Sam Brownback and Kevin Brady, and it’s been passed around approvingly in conservative circles by people who don’t really care if it’s accurate.
Looking at this horribly designed piece of propaganda makes me want to throw up. I’m throwing up right now. Dang it. Someone owes me a new keyboard.
Ratings for Obama and the Democrats have been ticking downward for the past month (After remaining stable for several months before that). But their biggest achievement, the maligned Health Care Reform, is getting more popular. From Pollster.com:.
At a recent town hall meeting, Tom Coburn actually stood up for Nancy Pelosi, the truth about health care reform, and the virtue of listening to news sources other than Fox.
When a woman in the audience asked Coburn if it was illegal for the government to jail citizens for not complying with the new health care law, Coburn responded by blaming TV news, and Fox News in particular, for that false rumor
Democrats ought to learn the correct lesson, which is that reciprocity is generally the majority party's best approach. A strategy of partisan cohesion is best met with a counter-strategy of partisan cohesion. Demonstrating their willingness to hold together in the face of united opposition has softened the opposition and made bipartisanship possible. Which is to say, if Democrats had abandoned health care reform on the grounds that it lacked bipartisan support, then the prospects for bipartisan support in the future would have been dimmer than they are. If some Republicans are willing to negotiate on financial regulation, as they appear to be, Democrats ought to reciprocate.
In other words, the Democrats should employ the tit-for-tat strategy.
Via Andrew Sullivan
A USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans 49% to 40% in favor of health care reform. Should we blow this out of proportion? I think yes.
Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on him to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”
Politico has a story in which Tea Party supporters denounce the racist and homophobic slurs that some of the their members hurled over the weekend. But they also go a step further and demand apologies from Democrats for making a deal out of it.
I think this tidbit illustrates why they won’t get very far disassociating themselves:
Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on [Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)] to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”
Is it really?