You know, I can write off the talk of death panels, dictatorships and secession as the strange legacy of Fire-Eaters hyperbolizing every political issue this country deals with in Chicken-Little fashion.
I can even excuse the soothing balm of "let's-start-over-ism" as an attempt at "more reasonable" political discourse. It has good selling points.
But the strangest meme of the whole Health Care Reform debate, to me at least, is when Republicans and right-wingers advise that if a Democratic colleage votes for the bill, their re-election chances are surely doomed.
When did the GOP start worrying about the Democratic chances of re-election? Is there a district anywhere in the country where some local GOP will not throw everything they have at a Democratic incumbent, should that individual vote against this bill? I thought that was what the death panels, dictatorship and secessionist talk was all about in the first place!
I mean, if your opponent is about death panels and dictatorships, should it matter what their vote is on any issue? Haven't you already demonstrated that you're going to launch into hysterics and hyperbole regardless of any decision they make?
If this bill passes, and I still maintain that it won't, it will be because the GOP, through use of such hysterics, violated one of Sun-Tzu's old truths and have allowed the Democrats no position to which they believe they can withdraw. The Dems have to fight at this point, they have to go down swinging, and they know it.