Congressional Republicans seized Wednesday on controversial comments made by a former health-care consultant to the Obama administration, with one leading House conservative suggesting that hearings could be called in response as part of the GOP effort to dismantle the law in the next Congress and turn public opinion ahead of the 2016 election.
“We may want to have hearings on this,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an influential voice among GOP hardliners and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview at the Capitol. “We shouldn’t be surprised they were misleading us.”
Rep. Jordan, wise up fast. “We” who opposed Obamacare weren’t being misled. Sure, the O-bots were trying to mislead us along with everyone else. But we weren’t fooled. We’re not Gruber’s “stupid” people. We’re on the “I told you so” side now.
It was Obama’s biggest fans who were being misled and duped. They’re the “stupid” ones. Republicans need to hammer that point home. Play that angle to its potential and you might drive Obama’s approval rating down to the freezing point.
Allah makes another good point, which is that Republicans probably shouldn’t lead with Gruber’s capitol dressdown. Gear up for it, make sure it’s not another missed opportunity, wasted on grandstanding instead of asking the witness questions and letting him squirm on national TV. But not first thing. First thing, they should take Mary Landrieu up on a Keystone vote first, see how the Democrats behave and what Obama does after it passes. Increase dissension in the opposition’s ranks before launching the assault on their castle.
Just make sure to get him in Congress under oath ahead of the Supreme Court’s look at the exchange issue. He’ll surely provide more useful soundbites about how he and the Democrats lied to everyone, gamed the CBO, and knew all along that the subsidies/exchange issue was not a typo, but was put there for a reason.
Maybe Gruber will insult Chief Justice John Roberts specifically while he’s under oath, too. The Chief is one of the “stupid” ones, after all, according to Obamacare’s architect.