They meant this to be Obama’s Waterloo.? They walked into the legislative casino and put all their chips on black.
Don’t take my word for it.? How about former Bushie and current fellow at AEI David Frum:
Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.
It?s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they?ll compensate for today?s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. But:
(1) It?s a good bet that conservatives are over-optimistic about November ? by then the economy will have improved and the immediate goodies in the healthcare bill will be reaching key voting blocs.
(2) So what? Legislative majorities come and go. This healthcare bill is forever. A win in November is very poor compensation for this debacle now.
So far, I think a lot of conservatives will agree with me. Now comes the hard lesson:
A huge part of the blame for today?s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.
The whole thing is worth a read, but if you want the Cliff’s Notes? version, it’s basically what we’ve been saying here for nearly two years:? All Their Base are Belong to Them.
The prevailing logic among Republicans was that they were going to outlast Obama and the Democrats and do anything in their power to obfuscate and derail the process by muddying the waters so much that a clear outcome would be hopeless.
Obama and the Democrats stayed the course.? Above wingnut outrage and friendly fire among disaffected far left allies.? That health care reform was left for dead months ago seems almost ludicrous now.? Sure, none of us to a person probably has the type of legislation they’d like.? No matter.? Health care reform is upon us and it’s a major – possibly even monumental – accomplishment by this President and this Congress.
This Republican failure is epic and it was at the hands of those who hold them hostage, the teabaggers.? All Your Base are Belong to You.
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