Well the Republicans got their chance to huff and puff about the evils of Obamacare, and so the repeal of the health care reform bill is official, at least official in the House of Representatives.
The conventional wisdom is that with this symbolic and useless vote by the Republicans the conservative base has been allegedly appeased and that now saner, more mature legislators in the GOP can get down to business.
I don’t buy the conventional wisdom, in large part because so many of these freshmen legislators belong to the “compromise is evil” camp and instead believe that intransigence in the name of a “higher good” is the way politics should be played in Washington.
The 112th Congress looks like the Newt Gingrich Congress of 1994, which promised much and did little, other than shut the government down and impeach Bill Clinton – not much of a record of achievement. These tea partiers are poised to self-destruct as they hold to the “truth” and stop “socialism” in America.
Already these right-wing nutcases are getting the American voter to re-think who they put in office President Obama’s popularity is now moving in an upward direction as is support for health care reform. The American people may have gotten suckered in by the lies of the Republicans, but they are smart enough to know when government is run by juveniles who don’t have a clue or a plan.
The more that the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress calmly tell their story and get the facts out there about Republican lies, the sooner this fringe group in the House will take their leave. Furthermore, with clear signs that the employment picture is getting brighter along with general economic growth, the right wing will begin to lose supporters and a soapbox.
Unfortuately, every once and awhile America has to go through its “crazy” phase as people who have no business running our government get into power. Thankfully, their shelf life is short and this country allows grown ups to retake the reins of power.
But don’t look for these fringe riders to go away after one vote. They have two whole years to self-destruct and during those two years they will continue to promote their goofy ideas and non solutions. It’s the price we pay for our democracy.