Monday, March 22, 2010

End of America Roundup

Today, I woke up, and I thought, "my God, the Republicans are right!! My nation and my world as I know it have come to an end! There will never be another good thing."

Then I realized: this was just my allergies acting up. Thank goodness the GOP and right-wing never lose any credibilty for predicting the end of the world that never comes. What political strategy would they be left with, then?

NOLA bloggers react to last night's 219 - 212 score:

Health Care bill passes; world prepares to don brown shirt and commit suicide.

(Shameless plug: He also links to my previous post.)

Oyster also drives our traffic to Library Chronicles, who notes,

Republicans could have written the damn thing themselves. In fact, they sort of did sixteen years ago when they proposed much of the substance of this legislation as a counter-argument to the Clinton era reforms.

Huck pulls no punches in criticizing New Orleans' representative. In all the "Democrats will lose in November because of this bill" talk, there is one Republican almost guaranteed to lose his seat. Though I'm not sure his vote on health care will be the primary reason, it will be taken into account.

My November vote will still depend on who is running against him.

Meanwhile, over at Peach Pundit, they are aware that every GOP candidate for office has a press release stating their outrage. That is not "news."

JMac reacts at Beyond the Trestle,

this is a centrist bill that closely resembles what the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation put forward as an alternative to President Bill Clinton's proposal in 1994.

Likewise, contrary to the existing conservative narrative, it simply isn't the end of the world.

Though it still sounds like it in some quarters. DADvocate predicts a massive blowback against Dems in the Midterm elections. I'm still smarting from my failed predictions of late (thank goodness I didn't put money on a bracket), but I find it hard to think that the folks who are currently vehemently opposed to this bill weren't already involved during the last election cycle.

How much blowback can there be if everyone who voted Republican during the last election votes Repbulican in the next election cycle? At some point, all the apocalyptic rhetoric only appeals to the same people who vote the same way every time. The Dems won the last two election cycles through (in order) Republicans who refused to govern; increasing turnout from their base; independent voters. The health care resolution really came about because of the first; passing it was the only way to keep the second in play; and I fail to see many independents moving away from how they voted last time. Massive blowback only happens if the Dem base stays home on election day - a possibility at this point, but not a guarantee as it would have been had they failed to pass health care.

More to come, I'm sure.

Update: Over at the AJC, Cynthia Tucker examines just what the GOP will be running for in the fall:

this is what they’d be for: allowing insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions; forcing young adults off their parents’ health insurance; re-opening the “donut hole” that left some seniors with high prescription bills; re-instating the lifetime insurance caps for coverage of expensive, chronic medical conditions.
And as we've just seen, it is fairly difficult to pass a bill through Congress, even with a large majority.

She points us to the "Waterloo" post by Frum. I've seen this article all over the place today. It is yet another examination of how apocalyptic rhetoric lost this issue for the Republicans. But don't worry, y'all, this is really good for the right-wing talk-radio industry.

So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.

Also at the AJC, Bookman notes John McCain's new mantra. Wait, was there a lot of GOP cooperation before last night?



Dante said...

This is more of a meta-End of America roundup. You're sort of light on posts, articles, etc. actually claiming the sky is falling.

DADvocate said...

How much blowback can there be if everyone who voted Republican during the last election votes Repbulican in the next election cycle?

If you look around, there are a lot of Obama voters that are deeply disappointed. A lot of independents and sore on Bush conservatives who bought Obama's shtick. These are the peolpe who actually decide elections in most cases. Ann Althouse is one who's an interesting read.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

@ Dante: You also will not see any posts, articles, etc. actually claiming the sky is blue, either. I'll go find some, if you reall want 'em.

@ DADvocate: I haven't encountered a single individual who voted for Obama or "against-Bush-for-Obama" who has changed their minds since the election. Though I offer this is anecdotal, and most likely because I spend my time in the Deep South.

Down here, there ain't a lot of swing votes, is what I'm sayin'.

If you've run into folks in Ohio or the Border States who have changed their minds, I'd believe that over anything the talking heads have said on TV.

But I can't read this by Althouse without thinking the electoral blowback will be less than expected.

Dante said...

I only mention it because at this point I've heard far more attacking the sky-is-falling mentality than I have seen the mentality itself.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Oyster has a nice round up of GOP "Armageddon" links.