The current debate within the Republican Party about what to do with the hot mess that is Obamacare, before it’s inflicted upon the American people, perfectly illustrates why the Grand Old Party is in the sorry shape it's in. And why there is no long-term hope for the GOP unless its current national leadership is overhauled.
On one side you have those whose specialty is "managing the decay" as former Congressman J.C. Watts once described it to me. These are people who may or may not have had some real principles at some point, but they're now so immersed in the ruling class culture that their principles are determined by cynical, too-smart-by-a-half consultants. They see things only in the context of "winning" and "losing." But when they use that terminology it doesn't mean the same thing to them that it means to you and me. To them it means poll-tested, political-consultant approved pabulum. It means winning the primetime cable news network cycle. It means getting re-elected for re-election's sake. Public service isn’t a calling as much as it's a career.
On the other side you have those of us who see the decay and want to stop it before it runs its course. Now, our worldviews are not all in lock-step and sometimes we turn our guns on each other. Some of us are more libertarian than conservative. Some of us believe religion is personal and not a matter for politics. Others among us put the "fun" in "fundamentalist." But the one thing we all have in common is we see our current political debate as a simple question of survival. You don't have time to focus-group a new batch of talking points when your very way of life is at stake. To us it's not about the next election as much as it's about the next generation.
And the Obamacare debate clearly draws that line.
The best the current leadership of the Republican Party can come up with to avoid further suffocating the American people – already struggling under the weight of the weakest economic "recovery" in our history – is 41 meaningless Obamacare repeal votes and now feeble attempts to delay its implementation. But delay it to what end? Heck, in a sure sign it's already an epic fail, Obama himself has already delayed Obamacare several times.
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