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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, January 03, 2011


Republicans were out in force on the Sunday yak shows, playing to their base and promising repeal of health care. Bring it on.

Opening the new legislative year with a repeal vote may seem like good politics to the Party of No, but the political environment has changed since November -- partly because of their election and also because of the productive lame duck session just ended.

And that's because while warriors on the left and right may prefer battle to results, the broader American public is sick of partisan warfare and likely see agreement on tax cuts, don't ask, don't tell, unemployment benefits and a safer world as preferable to talking points.

The GOP always campaigns better than it governs and that was on full display when the incoming chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee declared the GOP has the votes to make repeal reality.

Said Michigan's Fred Upton:
“If we pass this bill with a sizable vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the Senate to do perhaps the same thing."
Did you ask Harry Reid?

Since many of the Democrats who opposed health care reform were swept out in November, it's hard to imagine the repeal effort as much more than a straight party line vote in both branches. And Democrats still have a Senate majority. Not to mention the likelihood of achieving a two-thirds majority in both branches to override an Obama veto is pie-in-the-sky.

So Republicans will be launching the 112th Congress in full partisan war cry (Obama has the one of the most corrupt administrations in history?), putting aside the gains made by the American public when the rhetoric was toned down last month.

And by doing so, they will be ignoring the No. 1 issue on the minds of voters: jobs and the economy. We know how well that turned out for Democrats when voters thought they did the same thing.

Let's hear it for history repeating itself.

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Anonymous bpaskin said...

I am waiting for someone to Photoshop a dress with a stain on it so they can start impeachment proceedings.

From what I have read they think that spending money on the people is corruption. I have seen some mention of offering people jobs in the Administration for no pay as corruption, but that is 1 case. Other than that they are grasping at straws on what really is corruption.

January 03, 2011 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They all campaign better than they govern, that's the problem.

January 04, 2011 5:01 AM  

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