04/09/2010 (4:52 pm)
Moving on from yesterday’s excursion into the frank and deliberate dishonesty of the media in support of the Democratic party’s habitual character assassination, today we get to see why the Republican party continues to shrink.
W. James Antle III at the American Spectator censured Sen. John Cornyn (R, TX), the leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for backing down from “Repeal and Replace” with respect to the Democrats’ shove-it-down-our-throats crap sandwich called, misleadingly, “health care reform.” Granted, his basis for doing this was yet another dishonestly-written AP article, this one by Charles Babington and Philip Elliott, attempting to cow Republicans into going along with their fellows who are backing down from “Repeal and Replace” on the advice of — wait for it — Democratic party strategists.
Still, it appears that Cornyn has backed off his staunch repeal platform, opting instead for one that focuses on the immediate economic impact of the bill to which several corporations have attested. This may be a tactical shift rather than a strategic retreat. As the AP article finally notes starting in paragraph 20:
Republican strategist Kevin Madden said the repeal message is “a call to action” that excites many conservative voters, who will be important in November. But the risk of talking only about repeal, he said, “is you only define your position by what you’re against.”
Madden said GOP candidates should advocate “repeal and reform,” which will let them discuss alternative ways to control health care expenses, quality and access. Because an actual repeal is unlikely, he said, candidates should not get bogged down in the mechanics of how it might work, and focus instead on issues such as costs.
“The legislative track is largely finished,” Madden said.
The point about stating an alternative strategy — the “reform” part of “repeal and reform” — is well taken, but let’s hope that’s all he means. Even if there are portions of the bill that make sense, the Republican party needs to repeal the entire bill, then go back and pass the parts they want as individual measures. They don’t know all that the Democratic party intends with this Everest of paper with its Machiavellian flood of subterfuge, and I doubt their ability to figure it all out.
In particular, the Democrats are attempting to talk Republicans into claiming that they’ll keep the measure that forbids insurance companies from refusing customers with pre-existing conditions; if that measure remains in force, health insurance is dead as an industry, as the right to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions constitutes the very heart of insurance underwriting.
This seems to be the Democratic party strategy: make the Republican candidate commit to repealing the bill, which they believe will eventually be more popular than it is now.
Menendez said Democrats in many states will ask their GOP opponents why they want to restore insurance companies’ ability to deny coverage to people with medical problems and to young adults who otherwise can stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
Candidates seeking the GOP nominations in many states, Menendez said, “are facing tremendous pressure from the tea party, from the party base” to embrace a position that could hurt them when more independent and moderate voters go to the polls in the general election.
Republicans who listen to this deceptive pap will pay for it. Recall Gingrich’s speech that I posted a few days ago. He observed correctly that the 2006 and 2008 elections were a referendum on Republican governance, and resulted in a profound vote of no confidence. If the Republicans back off from repealing the health care tyranny, that result will be repeated. Conservative voters will not settle for tyranny on the installment plan, nor will they accept Republican candidates who lack the spine to stand up to tyrants. If civil war is going to be avoided, it must be by decisive action to roll back unacceptable measures using traditional means.
The Tea Party as a group is popular with a much larger number of Americans than is the Republican party. The recent revelation of misspending among high-ranking offices in the Republican National Committee was damaging enough, but if the party consents to the new health care regime with only an attempt to adjust a few items, we’ll probably see the Republican party representing fewer than 20% of the voters within the next year or two. While most of us have spent a lifetime believing that a third party was not a real possibility in American politics, we may actually be watching a major shift in party loyalty, such that the Republican party will disappear and be replaced by a party representing the traditional Constitutional view of American politics