September 24, 2013
FROM THE COMMENTS TO AN EARLIER POST ON THE SENATE STRUGGLE:
There’s an aspect to this that has gotten lost in all the inside baseball and it’s kind of the dog that isn’t barking:
Ten months ago after Obama was re-elected, the news was all about how the Republican party was on its last legs and about to die. If you had said back then that in September of 2013 the debate would be about whether to defund Obamacare, and the tax increases, new spending, and end to the sequester, etc would be completely off the table and that a “win” for the President would be defined as maintaining discretionary spending at an Eisenhower percentage of GDP with the Bush tax cuts for the middle class permanently enshrined in federal law…you would have been considered a total wackjob.
We haven’t won, but we’re playing a weak hand pretty damn well.
UPDATE: A comment to Nick Gillespie’s article, below:
It is really insane when you think about it. In a sane world Obama and the Dems would be begging the House to delay Obamacare so they could try and fix the worst things about it and the story would be all about if the Republicans are so cynical they will do harm to the country in order to stick the Dems with the blame. Instead, in the insane world that is Washington, the story is about how cynical and evil the Republicans are for wanting to stop all of this harm from happening to the country.
We live in a bearded-Spock world, a world where Charles Krauthammer and Tucker Carlson yuk it up over Ted Cruz birtherism.