The show today did the best job I've seen on exposing the weakness in the right's argument in this current manufactured crisis over – for 6 years now – Obamacare. Nicole Wallace, Chuck Schumer and Zeke Emmanuel were the standouts. Nicole lost the argument, but the right should be proud of her for how hard she tried -- and the fact that she maintained her dignity while she did it.
The right says: “We must stand on our principles. We mustn't compromise our (faux) conservative “values” and allow Obamacare to go into effect, all the while complaining that “The president won't compromise with us.” They don't seem to get the irony.
The truth: The president, from the day he was inaugurated, has extended the hand of fellowship to the right. Over and over and over again, they've spat on that extended hand. He still keeps extending it, and of course he should. But it's a black lie to keep accusing HIM of being the one who's hard to get along with.
My husband was in Afghanistan in the spring & summer of 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was being debated in Congress. I watched the entire process, compulsively, on CSPAN. The original bill was chopped and chopped and chopped up until the thing that was finally passed, fair and square, bears almost no resemblance to the original bill. But it was passed, with full debate. That was over 3 years ago.
Now that the law is actually scheduled to go into effect, and the right is acting like this is some new thing. "The president just won't debate with us." As if he didn't do that then, and hasn't been doing it pretty much non-stop, since then. The moral midget masquerading as a great crusader, Ted Cruz, steps into the spotlight and seizes the stupidity of the Tea Party right in order to wield it as a weapon to further his personal plans. He couldn't care less about right or wrong, or fair and square. Every single Tea Partier who cheers that psychopath on is a fool.
Although the stakes are higher than a ball game, what the right is trying to do is this. It's as if they lost a conference game that kept them out of the payoffs, and after the playoffs have been played and the championship trophies distributed, years later they're trying to reverse the outcome of the semi-finals. They're losers. And I guess that's just how losers act.
Then there's the psychological component of this. It seems quite clear that there is a strong correlation between the possibility that Obamacare is a resounding success once it's finally implemented (which hasn't happened yet although you'd never know that from the verb tenses these losers employ in their arguments against it), and the level of the right's opposition to it.
My only hope, now at zero hour, is that there will turn out to be more honorable Americans in the ranks of the Congressional GOP than there are psychopaths and losers. And I guess before the day is out, we'll see if I'm right about that, or hopelessly naïve.
The clock is ticking.