House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said last night on MSNBC that Republicans really lost the successful ObamaCare repeal vote yesterday because not enough Democrats defected.
“I think this is a very positive message for us to take to the American people. Frankly, the Republicans lost,” Hoyer said. “They thought they were going to get 50, 60, 70 Democrats to turn their back on the bill. That didn’t happen.”
Five Democrats, all members of the centrist Blue Dog coalition, voted to repeal ObamaCare.
“I think it’s going to help us pick up seats, particularly in light of the fact that we’re spending time on something that has no chance of passage, no chance of enactment, and will take things away from the American people, and ignoring the principle problem that is confronting the American people, job creation, a jobs bill,” Hoyer added.
He said that the House should concentrate on President Obama’s latest jobs bill, “not wasting our time for the 31st or 32nd or 33rd time on something that the Republicans know clearly will not pass but simply want to appeal to their tea party PAC.”
Hoyer said on Fox News last night that “there are a lot of Americans who have misapprehensions about [ObamaCare] because of the Republican spinmeisters.”