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June 5, 2013 - 12:56 pm

I’m trying to think of something similarly suicidal to Democrats announcing yesterday that they will embrace and run on the “success” of Obamacare in 2014.

Going over Niagara Falls in a leaky barrel might fit, but then, some people have survived that stunt.

Skydiving without a parachute? Again, there have been instances of people landing on a bale of hay or something and walking away.

I’m having a hard time coming up with something that would express the absolute futility as well as the bat guano crazy idea that there is anything at all to “embrace” about Obamacare and that Democrats haven’t completely lost it.

Politico:

Scarred by years of Republican attacks over Obamacare, with more in store next year, Democrats have settled on an unlikely strategy for the 2014 midterms: Bring it on.

Party strategists believe that embracing the polarizing law — especially its more popular elements — is smarter politics than fleeing from it in the House elections. The new tack is a marked shift from 2010, when Republicans pointed to Obamacare as Exhibit A of Big Government run amok on their way to seizing the House from Democrats.

But the Democratic bear hug, reflecting a calculation it’s probably impossible to shed their association with the law even if they wanted to, is still a high-wire public relations act. The White House has consistently struggled with messaging on Obamacare, hoping the public would gain an appreciation for the health care makeover as its benefits became apparent. That never really happened, but Democrats seem to be banking that it finally will.

The strategy will be put to the test as the law kicks in next year and is implemented in the months leading up to the election — with the inevitable snafus and critical media coverage as the public gets its first up-close view of the massive undertaking.

California Rep. Scott Peters, a freshman Democrat who narrowly won election last year, said he doesn’t agree with every part of the law. But he said he’s not afraid of addressing health care — far from it.

“I don’t have any problem talking about it,” Peters, who hails from a San Diego-area swing district, said in an interview. “I think it’s a big issue. I think it’s going to be talked about more than immigration or guns.”

One early sign of the shift: After House Republicans brought a health care repeal measure to the floor last month — the 37th time they’ve tried — Peters joined a cast of other Democratic incumbents from competitive districts to criticize the GOP for the maneuver.

In 2010, Democratic congressional candidates in tough races actively promoted their opposition to the just-passed law, in some cases running ads blasting it. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee privately instructed members and candidates to change the subject if they were asked about the health care law in town hall meetings or on the campaign trail.

Maybe they think running away from Obamacare in 2010 didn’t work so they’ll try the 180 degree opposite tack and embrace it as the greatest government program ever. More expensive than Social Security! More intrusive than Medicare! More useless than No Child Left Behind! Coming soon — OBAMACARE!

One 15 second political ad will lead to a GOP victory. The ad opens with President Obama addressing Congress:

“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.”

Perhaps a laugh track could be added for effect at the end of that statement.

Democrats have been trying to convince themselves that everything is going to be alright, that the rollout for Obamacare won’t be so bad, that premiums won’t rise that much, that millions won’t get thrown off their insurance plans and forced to buy higher priced policies, and that Americans will accept the whole kit and kaboodle without a whimper.

If they really believe that. embracing Obamacare is a no-brainer.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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5. if you think a few precincts voting at 140% of eligible voters was interesting, you ain't seen nuthin yet - wait til whole cities are running 98% of eligible voters and whole counties with not 1 vote for the repub...
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"I’m trying to think of something similarly suicidal to Democrats announcing yesterday that they will embrace and run on the 'success' of Obamacare in 2014."

Republicans nominating John McCain in 2008?
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I would imagine the dems are going to once again rely on our own history and human nature. Todays GOP Obamacare discourse and congressional action to repeal, essentially mirrors that of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the GI bill, and food stamps, etc. Today, any attempt to repeal any of those would give cause to...... a colossal reaction.

What kills the GOP on this issue is that Obama dug deep into history and found the GOPs health care proposals from the Nixon and Reagan era's and included much of it into his new legislation. So, as a 'political party' I'm not sure that only the dems can lay ownership when all the chips are put on the table in public view and spun. Where does people think the originally proposed and unconstitutional 'mandate of purchase" came from?

Anyway, Obamacare will remain and people will soon find their individual and collective benefits from it and all will be okay with it. Thats certainly not to say that theres plenty of cause to do a lot of tweeking as is always the case with a large comprehensive piece of legislation.
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Keep drinking the koolaid....
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Democrats aren't just now embracing Obamacare. They did that when they rammed it down America's throat without bothering to actually get the votes needed to pass it in Congress. What they're doing now, is "whistling past the graveyard", hoping the electorate will have other matters on it's collective mind, courtesy of their propaganda branch, known as the media.
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Embrace the suck.
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Never understimate the GOP's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory via circular firing squad.
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Indeed.
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Oh God...I need to up my meds as I'm agreeing with the author!

I don't believe that has ever happened before....

Still, I wouldn't consider it a slam dunk for the republicans just yet for the following reasons:

1. The media will uniformly laud this program no matter how bad the stench becomes.

2. Pursuant to item #1 above, expect all kinds of glowing "human interest" stories from the media highlighting the wonderful stories of folks with pre-existing conditions being able to get health care.

(Never mind that there were far better options to achieve that same goal WITHOUT the individual mandate that is Obamacare.)

3. This kind of reporting will lead many of those most directly affected to think the misery being inflicted upon them by this new law is an isolated incident, and that they personally must be doing something wrong.

4. When the law fails - and it will fail spectacularly - look for the republicans to have no answer to fresh democrat calls for a universal one payer system.
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5. if you think a few precincts voting at 140% of eligible voters was interesting, you ain't seen nuthin yet - wait til whole cities are running 98% of eligible voters and whole counties with not 1 vote for the repub...
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Depressing, but accurate. This is dirty pool, let's recall.

I'm not giving up hope, however, and I'm not going to stop fighting. Our best strategy right now is to look for the places where they're overplaying their hand... they don't have the raw resources yet to cheat the same (massive) amount everywhere... target those spots where they're underestimating the blowback and set up toeholds. Then first, foremost, and always, start stripping out the things that enable election fraud. Hence, reduce the future cheating and push the line forward.

Of course, I don't actually think the GOP is going to DO that, but they haven't NOT done it yet, so what the heck, it's at least theoretically possible. It may be optimistic, but I think there's a good chance they'll buy us some time to work on a new strategy another day, at least. Who knows how valuable that will be? Communists destroy everything they touch, including their own works, so sooner or later entropy will take its toll... starting with monstrosities like Obamacare, and ending with their whole organization. The latter, sadly, will take decades if we lose here, and doubtlessly be complicated by international opportunism from places like China. So in the meantime, to stave off that fate, let us do what we can until we cannot.
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Given the 140% voting record in some districts, the proper course may be to use the libs favorite tactic and file a lawsuit in those specific districts that have such out of whack voting numbers.

The congress critters, for their part, could start drafting a new law that would place such districts under federal supervision for voting.

I mean, if it is good enough to impose on the Southern states, it's good enough to impose on all states that have squishy voting practices! Actually won't even have to draft a new law - just amend the federal law accordingly to expand it to such areas.

The reason is simple - when you have voter fraud it is the same as denying legitimate voters a voice in government as 2 or 3 fraudulent votes undermine/overwhelm the single legitimate vote cast by a registered voter.
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