Having failed to invalidate the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, and having just lost big at the ballot box in their attempts to de-legitimize and hobble President Obama, Wingnut Republican Governors are now dedicating their efforts to botching the ACA’s implementation at the state level. Meanwhile, in congress, John Boehner initially declared Obamacare the “law of the land” and expressed a willingness to compromise on “revenue” but quickly walked those positions back and re-affirmed his party’s commitment obstruction and general mayhem.
Listen to Mitch McConnell, one of the main architects of the GOP’s comeback in 2010 through outright obstruction:
“One issue I’ve never been conflicted about is taxes,” McConnell said in a statement released to Breitbart News. “I wasn’t sent to Washington to raise anybody’s taxes to pay for more wasteful spending, and this election doesn’t change my principles.
“This election was a disappointment, without doubt, but let’s be clear about something: The House is still run by Republicans, and Republicans still maintain a robust minority in the Senate,” he added in the statement, released late Thursday. “I know some people out there think Tuesday’s results mean Republicans in Washington are now going to roll over and agree to Democrat demands that we hike tax rates before the end of the year. I’m here to tell them there is no truth to that notion whatsoever.”
And this is what passes for a balanced approach as far as Boehner is concerned:
The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy. We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.
That’s his negotiating chit – The elimination of Obamacare.
Meanwhile President Obama continues to seek the El Dorado of middle ground and a “balanced deal”, and misguided house Democrats like John Carney continue to believable that there is some, as yet undiscovered, reasonable person in the Republican caucus to will meet goodwill with goodwill. Carney needs to be excoriating these bastards often and loudly, not trying to befriend them.
It is long past time to accept the truth about the GOP. The only people looking for “bi-partisanship” right now are either pretending for media consumption, or they are fools.