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Roger L. Simon

ObamaCare: They Don’t Call ‘Em ‘The Stupid Party’ for Nothing

October 9th, 2013 - 8:07 pm

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According to RealClearPolitics, the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is opposed by 50.6 percent of the U.S. population and approved of by only 40.3%. And yet, according to Gallup, the Republicans, the party that unanimously opposed ObamaCare in Congress, is at an all-time low in approval at an abysmal 28%.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

And all this while the Democrats are at a pathetic 43% themselves (no one much likes politicians these days) and Obama is at his all-time low of 37%, but still 9% better than the Republicans, even though the president is, of course, the very instigator of the dreaded ObamaCare.

How’d this happen?

Well, they don’t call ‘em ‘The Stupid Party’ for nothing.

Ironically, however, the person I think most responsible for this (let’s hope temporary) debacle is anything but stupid — Princeton graduate Ted Cruz.

I was quite intrigued with the Texas senator, with whom I agree on many matters, when I first heard about him. A feisty conservative with a Cuban background and a fair amount of smarts — what could be bad?

Well, the human ego, I’m afraid. It seems to get to all of us. Mr. Cruz took his justifiable disdain for ObamaCare and ran with it to such a degree that it became less about the legislation and far more about him, as he, in envious imitation of Rand Paul perhaps, took to the Senate floor and stayed and stayed and stayed until the entire Congress collapsed.

Cruz never had a real strategy for defunding ObamaCare, his avowed intention in this extravaganza. That was painfully obvious on several occasions, including his appearance on the opening of Megyn Kelly’s new show Monday. He was still dodging about how he intended to defund the new law against a Democratic-controled Senate that wasn’t about to budge on the issue, even less against a president for whom Affordable Care is, Obama thinks anyway, the one jewel in a very tarnished crown.

No way this defunding would occur, yet Cruz went on and on, dragging us all along with him. He pressed a lot of people’s anger buttons, so that many on talk radio and in Congress felt they had to go along with his Alamo Complex lest they be accused of being wimps or, worse, RINOs. But to what end?

Yet more ironic is that the Republicans had a winning hand against ObamaCare. Indeed they still do. The legislation has created such an inept bureaucracy, it’s about to implode by itself.

Nevertheless Cruz and Company played it exactly the wrong way. Like people who had never heard of Machiavelli or Sun Tzu, they fought the war they were destined to lose when a war they could win was just on the horizon.

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I disagree with you on this one. Cruz and Lee are two senators who take their oath to defend the constitution and truly represent their citizens seriously. You have offered up the same conventional wisdom we have been hearing for years. Just go along and get along with these liberals and let them screw the American taxpayer to the wall. That is exactly what they have done. We are sick and tired of the DC insiders using the US citizens as some kind of cheap prop in their little sordid drama. Entitlements are killing the budget and now what does our illustrious congress do? They pass teh mother of all entitlements that will break the bank, devalue our currency with endless money printing (now made certain with Yellen's appointment. The Debt Limit and Obamacare are two sides of the coin. Out of control government in the form of rampant spending is the source of our problems and we are doing nothing but kickiing the can down the road. Cruz and Lee at least attempted to bring the llight of day to this debate and have worked hard to convince our citizenry that this law is bad for us and will ruin the budget and economy and our health care system in the future. If this is not worth a fight I don't know what is. The fact that the republicans have low approval is not because of Cruz and Lee. It is because our party has no counter to the MSM messaging machine the spews out propaganda 24/7/360. Where is the RNC? Where is our voice? Look at Obama's ratings at 37%. Shows this creep is not necessarily popular either.
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Simon has it completely wrong. The pubbies are the stupid party because they ALWAYS cave & snatch defeat outta the jaws of victory. The old fools of the ruling class in the gop hate Ted Cruz. Watch. They will all eventually agree w/ o & only Cruz will stand up to 'em. Me? I'll never vote for another pubbie or rat as long as I live. I've had it with this sanctimonious hypocrites!
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"He pressed a lot of people’s anger buttons, so that many on talk radio and in Congress felt they had to go along with his Alamo Complex lest they be accused of being wimps or, worse, RINOs. But to what end?"

Alamo Complex? I wouldn't go down to a bar in Texas and say that too loud if I were you. Would you also refer to Doolittle's Raid as a complex? If Republicans like Ted Cruz do not stand up to the Pharaoh what are they going to say later if it's too late, which it probably will be? Are they going to say "We wanted to let you be punished and severely so we could gain politically"?
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The McCain/ Boehner approach seems like pragmatic, smart politics, but its really a sub-optimal strategy, like the prisoners dilemma. By dodging the mine fields immediately in front of us and getting the hard issues "behind us so we can fight another day," we will end up in a place no one wanted to be.

Looking back on our actions we will realize that we have actually helped to implement statism, actually volunteering to make it more effective, less costly. We will call our role as the midwives to statism, conservatism.
27 weeks ago
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I keep reading that the bad Obamacare law will implode in on itself. This is government. Bad laws can live for a very long time, Venezuela and the Soviet Union, for example. It doesn't matter that the law is disliked or that the website doesn't work. It is still the law and as such it accomplishes the goal of a certain constituency.

To get rid of the law you are going to need a tough person to go into the beast's cave and kill it. The philosophy of "Lets put this hard action behind us and then we'll really fight at some later time," when iterated, means "Lets do what the statists want and hopefully we'll get a turn at the trough."
27 weeks ago
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Roger, what you fail to see is that people like you are the very reason we're in this situation. Instead of standing beside Cruz, you weak-kneed doyennes undercut him at every turn. Why should Reid compromise? He just had to wait for you guys to sabotage Cruz.
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Exactly right!!!
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Interesting that you should mention that strategy, Mr. Simon. I made a similar suggestion to my Congressman, and both Senators, right after the election of 2012 -- right down to the "vote 'Present'" advice. Let the Democrats' fingerprints be all over this -- and only the Democrats'.

Pity they didn't listen.
27 weeks ago
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I disagree with you as well. “McCain and other "mainstream Republicans" favor ‘the old boys club’ far more than serving one's constituents, the American people. The GOP has been the party of "wuss", of appeasement for virtually a hundred years. It is time to act as true conservatives and put up a fight instead of behaving as "Vichy France". There's a new gun in town and his name is Ted Cruz. Just as Gary Cooper in ‘High Noon’, the odds may be against him (and us), but "justice will prevail", so sayeth the Lord. A man who does not stand for his principles, has no principles.
27 weeks ago
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Amen brother!
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Nobody seems to understand it. Letting the Democrats own Obamacare is not going along to get along. It is standing back, with our arms crossed, watching them tie the nooses around their own necks and doing nothing to stop them.

What we're doing right now? We're not saving America from Obamacare; we're saving the Democrats from it.

I am more than willing to take some short term pain, in the case of Obamacare, in order to eradicate the Democrats politically.
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I totally disagree! You say:
What we're doing right now? We're not saving America from Obamacare; we're saving the Democrats from it.
Absolutely not! Obamacare WILL go on and democrats WILL own it, but not after the American people have seen that the republican tea party members have fought tooth and nail against it! Republicans may only have a 28pct approval rating now but just wait until Obamacare hits Americans. We will take short term pain if we fight or sit on our butts and let it happen. No no, come 2014 midterms the American people will have a clear choice, those who fought to stop it, and those who let it happen. jlancecombs, there comes a time when you either have to stand for something, or you will fall for anything.
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I am more than willing to take some short term pain, in the case of Obamacare, in order to eradicate the Democrats politically.
How does that step get operationalized or does it happen all by itself without any effort or stress?
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I believe with all my heart that Ted Cruz is the only senator in congress who truly represents his people. He is my senator and he did what I wanted him to do. I think it gave the GOP the strategy it has now as negotiations are being tried right now. We want the old established GOPers to get the hell out of the way and let liberty minded folks like Cruz get in there and get the job done and Cruz has proven that he intends to do just that regardless of who gets sick of him doing that. He is making the public very aware of where the problems are one little notch at a time. He knows that it obamacare wasn't going to be defunded this go-round but he knocking the walls down bit by bit so that people will pay attention and the GOP approval rate is so low not because of Cruz but because of the establishment who is just as progressive as the democrat party. And you know for sure that is the truth. Cruz and Lee on the right path and you had just better get used to it because I don't think its about his ego, I think its about getting the job done.
27 weeks ago
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The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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We are constantly told that Democrats are smarter than everyone else and that Obama is the smartest person ever to become President.

If I take them at their word then it follows that those smart people must have foreseen all these problems and passed the thing anyhow.

Anyone experiencing problems or having complaints about Obamacare should be given the phone number of their Democrat legislator or the Democrat leadership.
27 weeks ago
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I would ask, just who has shown more leadership in the Republican Party than Ted Cruz?

McCain?
Graham?
Boehner?
McConnell?

The real suckers are the idiots in "our Party" who keep hoping the Establishment Republicans will finally stop supporting the Democrat's status quo.
27 weeks ago
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Who has shown MORE leadership? That's a loaded question. It's also a false question. NOBODY has shown ANY leadership. McCain? He does nothing but play along. Cruz? He means well, but doesn't consider the long term. There's nobody doing it right.
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