New Republican unity in fight against ObamaCare?

posted at 8:01 am on October 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this month, I wrote that the disunity over the ObamaCare fight among Republicans and the nasty internecine name-calling was ironic, since opposition to ObamaCare is one point that actually unites the GOP.  According to The Hill, the Republican-conservative coalition has begun to remember that point, and has started to mend fences in order to move forward more deliberately in the wake of the program’s meltdown:

Conservative groups are shifting their approach to fighting ObamaCare.

Powerful grassroots organizations appear ready to back House GOP leadership on “targeted strikes” to weaken the law, a strategy they criticized as insufficiently aggressive in the months before the government closed.

They hope that piecemeal votes against ObamaCare will put points on the board and magnify Democratic divisions ahead of next year’s midterm elections. …

“I think everyone is taking a step back, to be honest,” said FreedomWorks Executive Vice President Adam Brandon, who frequently talks with other major groups like Heritage Action.

“Everyone is in communication, and we’re just asking: What is the best way to accomplish our ultimate goal? There’s no daylight between us on repealing the law, but tactics and strategy are important.”

That’s a considerable reversal for FreedomWorks, whose messaging during and immediately after the shutdown claimed that anyone opposed to their defunding strategy would own ObamaCare.  It’s also a welcome shift, and one that Heritage Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund should emulate.  We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle, after all, and at least on this issue we all have the same purpose, even if we disagree on tactics and strategy.

CBS warns conservatives and Republicans about overplaying a very good hand this week as the House begins to grill Kathleen Sebelius and her HHS management over the Healthcare.gov debacle and massive cancellations:

When House Republicans return to Washington Tuesday, they will get their first crack at questioning high-level members of the administration about the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov site. For years, the GOP has been making hay over the perceived shortcomings of the health care law, and now a major problem – one of operations, not politics – has fallen into their laps.

Now comes the challenge: can they proceed with a light touch and not overplay their hand?

The party arguably wasted two weeks – and in the process, lost plenty of points off their approval rating – by shutting down the government to seek a delay or defunding of Obamacare. Had they not gone down that path, all eyes likely would have been on the flaws of the enrollment system rather than the 16-day shutdown.

“Republicans, led by [Texas Sen. Ted] Cruz, pursued the shutdown strategy and that overwhelms the storyline,” said GOP consultant John Feehery. “Hopefully the further we get away from it the more of the facts can come out.”

They have to make this all about the law, and make it a battle of ideas and policy, not a battle of politics. How they drive this is to not make it about the politicians but make this about people who are really hurt by Obamacare,” Feehery said.

Normally I’d call that concern-trolling, but CBS has done a very good job highlighting all of the problems of ObamaCare the last few weeks — and not just on the website, either.  Some of this will be about personnel, since the inept management at HHS managed to screw up the one part of ObamaCare no one predicted would fail, the web portal.  Otherwise, though, Rebecca Kaplan is correct.  Republicans need to focus their hearings on the law and how it has arbitrarily damaged the insurance industry, raised costs, eliminated plans for millions of Americans, and how the “cost curve” will only keep spiking upward as a result of the law itself, and not just from incompetence and mendacity.

If we want a point on which not just Republicans but Americans can unite, how about the serial dishonesty from the White House on ObamaCare? The NRCC translates Jay Carney’s responses to the ObamaCare meltdown in this humorous new video, with Hot Air readers given the first look:


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Conservatives need to ask:
What does Obama know?
Let’s get him on the record now!

Does President Obama know that if the ACA fails that one path will be to a Single Payer system?

barnone on October 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

How and when did 0bama lose See-BS?

OmahaConservative on October 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

How and when did 0bama lose See-BS?

OmahaConservative on October 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Shortly after the election, and over the treatment by Teh SCOAMT’s allies of a couple women reporters.

Steve Eggleston on October 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

No matter what the house committee does the lsm will portray them as being aggressive towards the secretary…… being mean

You get the picture

cmsinaz on October 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Does President Obama know that if the ACA fails that one path will be to a Single Payer system?

barnone on October 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

…that’s….the plan!

KOOLAID2 on October 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Sorry, but that NRCC video is extremely weak-sauce.

Mord on October 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Don’t worry; the Establishment will move the goalposts closer to Romney’s vision of PlaceboCare yet again and blame the grassroots for not following their patented Wile E. Coytote Brilliance Stragedy For Total Surrender.

Steve Eggleston on October 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

CBS warns conservatives and Republicans about overplaying a very good hand this week as the House begins to grill Kathleen Sebelius and her HHS management over the Healthcare.gov debacle and massive cancellations

The Spite House seemed more interested in inflicting pain during the partial government shutdown than in implementing Obamacare.

rbj on October 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

How about the GOP declar4s war on Obamacare and promises to only accept unconditional surrender.
The president lied. The president bribed. The president set up his friends as the cronies they are.

Don L on October 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

If you think Mitch McConnell and John McRage are EVER going to repeal ObamaCare – you are smoking dope.

The best you can hope for is they’ll work the fringes of the law so that it can no longer be called “Obama’s” … it will still be Nationalized Health Care.

Remember – these are the cranks that gave us Medicare Part D UNFUNDED.

You have to be a drug addict to think these idiots will ever shrink the government.

They are the ENEMY – just as the Dims are.

HondaV65 on October 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Witch hunt! Grasping at straws! Monkey court!
-dems on the committee

cmsinaz on October 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I like the idea of going after this a piece at a time. It keeps it front and center in the news.

This needs to be the first thing on the minds of voters when they go into that voting booth.

gophergirl on October 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

A possibility of a semblance of common sense in the GOP – maybe there is a pony in Obamacare after all!

exhelodrvr on October 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Sorry I’m not ready to forgive and forget the despicable way Boehner and McConnell along with the surrender weasels acted during the shutdown. They didn’t even try to do anything about Obamacare and caved at the first opportunity. If they are onboard now, it is only because of political advantage not any real committment to doing something about Obamacare. They remain weasels.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM

If you think Mitch McConnell and John McRage are EVER going to repeal ObamaCare – you are smoking dope.

HondaV65 on October 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

We’ll deal with McConnell and McCain(and the rest of the RINOs) when the time comes. Right now though, a little unity within the party over Obamacare wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Doughboy on October 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM

How about the GOP declar4s war on Obamacare and promises to only accept unconditional surrender.
The president lied. The president bribed. The president set up his friends as the cronies they are.

Don L on October 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

The attacks on the lazy stupid bastard need to be oblique and not straight on assaults. The goal here is to demonize Obamacare not make the filthy coward into some sort of a victim by heavy-handed opposition. In that sense, it is fine to have Jay Carney out there explaining why Obama lied instead of a easy-to-produce montage of Obama lying.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I’m glad Freedom Works is seeing the error in their previous strategy. Hopefully they won’t repeat it again in the future. They did a lot of unnecessary damage.

Caustic Conservative on October 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The establishment Republicans have shown they don’t want to get rid of Obamacare. As a conservative, I’m not willing to take the scraps they throw me anymore. They can go to hell.

Lizzy on October 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

In other words, the spineless GOP felt safe to oppose the scheme now that the rollout has been disastrous and the outright lies are actually getting some MSM attention.

Still, are they sure this is the hill to fight for, there’s another hill off in the distance which looks easier to climb.

Bishop on October 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Lizzy on October 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I agree. May they burn a long time.

dogsoldier on October 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Some of this will be about personnel, since the inept management at HHS managed to screw up the one part of ObamaCare no one predicted would fail, the web portal.

In retrospect we should have seen this coming. I guess there is so much obvious bad about this law we forgot about the technical fubarbary that was likely to occur because it is a government run program.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The NRCC translates Jay Carney’s responses to the ObamaCare meltdown in this humorous new video, with Hot Air readers given the first look:

If we’re their focus group then tell them to try again.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The establishment Republicans have shown they don’t want to get rid of Obamacare. As a conservative, I’m not willing to take the scraps they throw me anymore. They can go to hell.

Lizzy on October 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I don’t know. At this point, even a lot of Dems probably wouldn’t mind seeing the law go away(even if they’ll never admit it publicly). Even the drive-bys have turned on Obama over this which tells you how big of a clusterfark they all know it is.

Doughboy on October 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I think the defund was a good move. Republicans shut the government down to defund this harmful law. Once the public feels the pain, it will be a useful reminder of where the parties stand. Let the messaging begin.

antisocial on October 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Oct 2013- the most politically satisfying month for me in 5 yrs!

hillsoftx on October 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

CBS warns conservatives and Republicans about overplaying a very good hand

By “overplaying a very good hand”, do they mean calling their opponents hostage shooting terrorist lemmings in suicide vests? Nihilist anarchists sabotaging the economy?

How about just flatly stating that they refuse to negotiate with Democrats so they can choke on their own crappy law? It is the Law of the Land after all. How would CBS cover such behavior on the part of Republicans?

forest on October 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Lefties…where for art thou?

*tumbleweeds*

Bishop on October 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I hope the gop are strong enough now to say you didn’t want the delay during the shutdown….. good luck getting a delay now

I hope

cmsinaz on October 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Ted Cruz & the Defund effort are coming out as big winners. There was a very public fight over Obamacare, one that apparently vilified Cruz and the Tea Party. People saw this and said, “What a jerk that guy Cruz is!”

And now Obamacare is rolling out like a steamroller across the country. Suddenly people are getting pink slips from their insurers, and others are getting shifted to part-time positions. Obamacare rates are up to ten times higher than previous rates. Single people earning $24000 a year are being asked to pay $350 a month for their insurance when before they were paying $80.

Now Cruz isn’t looking like a douchebag, he’s looking like the only guy in Washington who knew what the hell was going to happen. And by extension, the Tea Party.

Make no mistake about it. People are going to be asking in November of 2014, “Why weren’t you guys listening to Ted Cruz and the House GOP when they wanted to stop Obamacare?”

Nethicus on October 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

If we’re their focus group then tell them to try again.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Seriously. That commercial sucks.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I hope the gop are strong enough now to say you didn’t want the delay during the shutdown….. good luck getting a delay now

I hope

cmsinaz on October 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Yep. Ted Cruz was right but thanks to the surrender weasels the dynamics have changed. Boehner and McConnell should just sit back and tell the Dems- we tried you said absolutely not. We’re good, lotsa luck getting Obamacare rolled out.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Oct 2013- the most politically satisfying month for me in 5 yrs!

hillsoftx on October 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Yep!

workingclass artist on October 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Now Cruz isn’t looking like a douchebag, he’s looking like the only guy in Washington who knew what the hell was going to happen. And by extension, the Tea Party.

Make no mistake about it. People are going to be asking in November of 2014, “Why weren’t you guys listening to Ted Cruz and the House GOP when they wanted to stop Obamacare?”

Nethicus on October 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Ted Cruz was never the one that looked like a douchebag. My vote for that is John McCain who literally went on the Senate floor after the Cruz filibuster and (at the behest of Harry Reid) delivered the Democrat rebuttal to Cruz’s concerns about Obamacare. You don’t get more douchie than that.

I just think it is funny that three years ago the Dems deliberately passed Obamacare in such a way that they’d get all the credit come 2014. How’s that working out for them. Some of the Dems are going to be on suicide watch once the website is fixed enough for people to figure out just what a lousy deal this all is. And the Democrats own it all from the Error 404 generator to the high premiums.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

If we’re their focus group then tell them to try again.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Seriously. That commercial sucks.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Agreed.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Apart from unity (and enthusiasm?) in proclaiming the catastrophe that is Obamacare, what the Republicans most need now is a consensus, easily-understandable, free-market alternative to reforming health care. There are a lot of very concerned people out there now, seeing their old insurance being cancelled and their new options soaking up whatever discretionary income they were looking forward to. So, even assuming we could dispose of Obamacare, a lot of people just see that as leaving them with nothing, as opposed to a crappy something. Not a comfortable choice. The odds of getting Republicans to rally around a good free-market alternative? Probably slim, alas. As many have pointed out here, there are too many Republicans who are comfortable with central control, and almost as wary of the “anarchic” free market as are the Dems. One would hope that sheer political calculation would lead them in this direction, though.

SacredFire on October 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

HN :)

cmsinaz on October 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Well it’s over then. Kiss your freedoms goodbye and say hello to tyranny.

bgibbs1000 on October 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The lid is off of the pot.All that is bad about Obamacare is coming out no matter what the dems try to do to cover it up.The Republicans need to sit back and let it roll.If the higher prices and out of pocket fees don’t do damage to the dems nothing will.

docflash on October 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle,

Yeah the Establishment Republicans proved that when they attacked other Republicans over de-funding. Thanks a heap!

Herb on October 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

That’s a considerable reversal for FreedomWorks, whose messaging during and immediately after the shutdown claimed that anyone opposed to their defunding strategy would own ObamaCare. It’s also a welcome shift, and one that Heritage Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund should emulate. We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle, after all, and at least on this issue we all have the same purpose, even if we disagree on tactics and strategy.

There are, as nearly as I can tell, two almost Conservatives in the Senate. And the policy of supporting “the most electable” hasn’t done a damn thing to stem the most horrific onslaught on economic freedom in this nation’s history. If you are not attacking the do-nothing seat-holders, you no longer get my vote.

It’s quite simple; two men in the Senate screaming “attack” at the top of their lungs are easy to belittle. Forty five Senators screaming, though not a majority, are not. If you won’t fight, you’re cannon fodder, and deservedly so.

M240H on October 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Seriously? Did a drugged out thirty-something make that commercial?

Good grief. I hope they didn’t PAY for that.

Then they wonder why donations are down.

herm2416 on October 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle, after all, and at least on this issue we all have the same purpose, even if we disagree on tactics and strategy.

If one believes that the GOP establishmen is truly interested in repealing Obamacare and not just using the idea of repeal for fundraising and getting re-elected. Which we don’t.

If repeal is polling at 75% and the house and senate have big GOP majorities, maybe the GOP will bring it to a vote or do anything about repeal, defunding or whatever. But outside of that, Boehner and McConnell have no interest in having that fight.

So, despite your repeated claims to the contrary, the in-fighting between conservatives and republicans is not about tactics – it is about policy and action. We do not trust the GOP. We do not believe the GOP is remotely conservative. We do not believe the GOP will follow through on any promises it makes to conservatives.

That is why we fight against the GOP. No matter how many times you assert that “we all believe and want the same things, we are only fighting over tactics” does not make it true.

Monkeytoe on October 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The NRCC also lied when they stated that they would do everything to repeal ObamaCare.

Conservative4Ever on October 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

So HA repeatedly dogged Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for forcing the defund issue to the forefront but now we’re all excited about Conservatives and GOPers uniting behind a movement that came about directly because Ted Cruz and Mike Lee forced the defund issue?

Ohhhkaayyyy…

King B on October 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle, after all, and at least on this issue we all have the same purpose, even if we disagree on tactics and strategy.

this is the famous GOP “trust us, this time we’ll actually do something” line.

It’s like Lucy with the football. This time she won’t pull the ball away Charlie Brown. This time.

this time, if conservatives will just shut up and support the GOP, this time the GOP will actually do something they promise!! This time. this time. Or not. Maybe it won’t be the right political climate after the election and we’ll have to trust the GOP – they’ll do it next time. But next time they’ll do it. Promise. Just trust them.

Truth is, we won’t repeal Obamacare by electing more republicans, because Republicans generally have no interest in doing so. Republicans are not conservative. They see Obamacare as a means to attack the dems, but when push comes to shove, all they’ll do is tinker with Obamacare. They won’t repeal it. Because republicans have no real objection to big gov’t.

A few conservative republicans do, but the republican party as a whole is a party of government – the same as the dems.

Monkeytoe on October 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You have to be a drug addict to think these idiots will ever shrink the government.

HondaV65 on October 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Not true Honda. I know several brain dead liberals who don’t do drugs and I’m certain that they’ll go to their graves worshiping The Won and praising whatever he does while trying to swell the bloated carcass of our federal overlords.

Oldnuke on October 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Glad that the open warfare is ending, but I disagree on the destructive nature of the Cruz-led effort. I think it highlighted the GOP opposition to this unholy law, and as it crashes and burns people will remember, or can quickly be reminded of just how committed the party is to protect the country from it.

NeoCon_1 on October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Oh, there’ll be plenty of GOP unity, right up until Ted Cruz actually starts pushing for something to actually be done. Then it’ll be back to the old circular firing squad.

CurtZHP on October 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

POTUS is Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball.

mjbrooks3 on October 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

If we’re their focus group then tell them to try again.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Seriously. That commercial sucks.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

It’s terrible.
I’d rather see Obama on the screen declaring “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period,” playing in a continuous loop. Then at the end an Earl Jones/Darth Vader type of voice pronounces: “Millions of people have already lost the insurance plan they were told they could keep. You’re turn is coming”.

lynncgb on October 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I disagree with the argument that the shut down over Obamacare was a distraction. I think the Republicans had to make one last grand stand to ensure that the branding for Obamanation is solidly and forever imbedded in the hide of the of the Democratic Jackass.

That accomplish, the political shift now, as ED recommends, is not to wet all over the website, but to beat hell out of the Dems for the bloodletting OC has caused across the country. Economically, socially and medically – Get the people harmed up in front of the mics. Even KP admitted to having to pay an increase.

Long term, I’m looking at my children taking on student loan debt in the tens of thousands to earn degrees for middle class jobs. They will still be paying off that debt when the cost of OC hits them at age 27. At that moment, their hopes for the future are gone as they won’t be able to save a cent or perhaps even pay off the debt.

Cricket624 on October 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I’m sorry Ed, but the quoted portion from CBS is biased as you are towards the more conservative members.

1. Republicans did not shut down the government. It was both parties that did that.
2. The focus of the shutdown SHOULD have been on the failures of Obamacare as they were happening. Instead, McCain, Peter King and the boys were busy hi lighting a divide in the caucus.
3. Ted Cruz DID focus on the law and how it was hurting people.
4. The shutdown was republicans best shot at getting any reprieve on this law. The problem with letting it go into effect is that its popularity is on the rise. That is natural as it goes from future to present law and some people realize that the ceiling didn’t immediately cave in for them personally. Democrats are also rallying around the law, nudging up approval.

The worst part of the shutdown was not what you claim. It was that Republicans proved that they have absolutely no will for a bloody fight and will kow tow to Democrat demands. That is why even Marco Rubio is realizing that a conference committee on immigration is out of the question.

h a p f a t on October 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The point has been made a couple of times that the shutdown efforts may actually be boxing the Dems into a rhetorical corner. Just a couple of weeks ago, defunding/delaying ObamaCare was the talk of the devil. And that point was made by the LSM repeatedly. Now, we have more and more Dems clamoring for delay, and neither they nor the press (BIRM) know how to spin it.

They’re in a world of hurt, and the efforts by Cruz et al may have helped put them in this situation. Had the shutdown not happened at the beginning of the month, then it would be much easier for O’Care supporters to reverse course and enact some delays to lessen the political damage that healthcare.gov is causing.

And I have pointed out before that the Republicans suddenly got very quiet about delaying O’Care in the middle of the shutdown. They may have seen how things were unfolding and realized how much of a gift they were handed. They could very well be seeing the larger strategic victory that is possible.

I’m not so sure, in the long run, that the defund effort was a bad move. Not that the initial setup was intentional on the Rs’ part, but I’m willing to ignore the serendipity of the situation and keep popping the popcorn.

nukemhill on October 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

nukemhill on October 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Hear, hear…

mjbrooks3 on October 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

h a p f a t on October 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Great take, I went and read that CBS article and can’t help but go with the concern trolling take. Don’t know who John Feehery is but as a political consultant for the GOP he does explain the loser mentality of the GOP, especially that of the old guard. A couple of months ago we had the Hispanic female GOP consultant (Naverette?) bash the anti amnesty stance of the base. ABC brings out Alex Costelanos (?) every other week to remind us as a GOP consultant how badly the party over lays its hand.

The GOP just needs to come home every now and then and get the pulse of their constituents. John Cornyn is learning that harsh lesson right now.

DanMan on October 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

In other words, the spineless GOP felt safe to oppose the scheme now that the rollout has been disastrous and the outright lies are actually getting some MSM attention.

Still, are they sure this is the hill to fight for, there’s another hill off in the distance which looks easier to climb.

Bishop on October 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I don’t know. To be honest, this sounds like the “fixes and tweaks” scheme the GOP has been proposing since 2012. They’re just using the tough-sounding words “targeted strikes” to propose what amounts to the same thing.

Doomberg on October 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The NRCC translates Jay Carney’s responses to the ObamaCare meltdown in this humorous new video, with Hot Air readers given the first look:

If we’re their focus group then tell them to try again.

NotCoach on October 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

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Better still … tell them to SCRAP this “light touch” POS and put together a video of ALL the times Obama said,

“If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

A “light touch” is appropriate when your enemy is busy destroying themselves.

When they’ve “dropped their guard” is when you POUND THE CRAP OUT OF THEM!

PolAgnostic on October 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The worst part of the shutdown was not what you claim. It was that Republicans proved that they have absolutely no will for a bloody fight and will kow tow to Democrat demands. That is why even Marco Rubio is realizing that a conference committee on immigration is out of the question.

h a p f a t on October 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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“Light touch” to CBS, the GOPe and the GOPE-media means “stand very still, say nothing we have not approved and let US beat the crap out of YOU!”

Hmmmm, I wonder why Ed can NEVER see things in this light?

PolAgnostic on October 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I disagree STRONGLY that Sen Cruz distracted the media from the failings of this POS. I believe what it did was focus intensified feelings on WHY the GOP thought this was a PoS and were decidedly against itin any form.

gonnjos on October 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

DanMan on October 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Thanks.
The GOP is being pressured by lobbyists, the media and Democrats to move on immigration. Unfortunately, GOP leadership is always reactionary. The party cannot stand up and fight and should shrink from the immigration fight until they are in a better position.

Taking immigration off the calendar is not overplaying a hand. It is conceding that the GOP doesn’t have any hand to play.

h a p f a t on October 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I would say that CBS is doing a barely minimal job covering obamacare woes. True, we’re starving for the return of a real mainstream media, but let’s not lose perspective.

paul1149 on October 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Normally I’d call that concern-trolling,

You had it right before you changed your mind.

This is Constant Bull S telling us how to think.

I see nothing positive about Conservative Republicans caving. I understand it politically. While this chipping away at it might make a nice drink out of the iceberg. It will not do anything to get rid of the iceberg that is Obama Care.

Steveangell on October 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I was hoping the article was about the GOP growing a set.

Regrettably, I waswrong.

Lonetown on October 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

CBS warns the GOP not to “overplay a good hand” and Ed concurs?

SMH in exasperation… whatever the hell happened to you, Ed?

Have you ever seen CBS or any other media outlet counsel Democrats not to overplay their hand? When Democrats exploded in attack against the Bush Administration, was there any concern about overplaying their hand?

The “overboard” attacks Dems launched on Bush pulled down his poll numbers and made him so toxic to the GOP that we lost Congress and the White House after he left office.

Let me guess: these are the same “strategists” that always counsel Republicans not to go overboard in their attacks on Obama but welcome “overboard” attacks on conservatives like Cruz, right?

We can be labeled “wacko birds”, “hobbits”, “terrorists”, “hostage takers”, etc… by both the Democrat and Republican party establishments but when the focus of the attack is Obama/Dems, oh no! We have to tread gently.

Balderdash!!

TheRightMan on October 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I also see the part about the GOP Establishment now joining in the fight against Obamacare as a step too late.

Of course, they step back and allow conservatives to go do all the fighting at the front end. They join with the enemy (Democrats) in fighting against us.

Now that Obamacare has now been proved to be a total disaster, they now feel it is safe to show their heads and pretend they’ve been in the fight all along?

TheRightMan on October 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM

since the inept management at HHS managed to screw up the one part of ObamaCare no one predicted would fail, the web portal. 

Really? I guess you mean no one as in bureaucrats and politicians. Cause most in ERP would know 3 years is way short on a massive scale even for off the shelf technology especially since the rules would be driven by complicated and illogical regulations. That’s why Oboobi’s own web guru wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole when he had the chance.

AH_C on October 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Cruz to GOP “how do you like me NOW beotches!” Just yesterday I heard about some RINO stating that Cruz needs to apologize. Even Bill Bennett has said he did more harm than good. What? These GOPe types are out of touch. It is because of Cruz, Lee, Paul that the GOP even fought this thing. I heard this morning that long time Texas Senator John Carona (RINO) is being challenged by conservative Don Huffines (owns lots of car dealerships in D/FW). Cruz has the base fired up. The fight is on!

neyney on October 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Cruz you magnificent bastard

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

“We aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare by attacking other Republicans in the next election cycle”

That’s right, so even if they voted to fund Obamacare last time, let’s give them a pass because they are labeled as Republican. And maybe, if we’re really nice, they’ll vote the way they campaigned.

rjcylon on October 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Republicans need to focus their hearings on the law and how it has arbitrarily damaged the insurance industry

Agreed. Back off and let it, and Dems, burn. Don’t pass any Obamacare legislation until we have the Congressional majorities to repeal the entire mess. Let the Dems own it entirely for awhile, especially now that the law has moved from theory to a disaster.

HellCat on October 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Sorry, but that NRCC video is extremely weak-sauce.

Mord on October 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Right. They don’t know how to play this game.

David Blue on October 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Nice to see establishment Republicans fall in line with the grass roots. Surprising, but nice.

applebutter on October 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

So the establishment types can say all the nasty things they want about Cruz and Lee every chance they get in Congress and on TV, but for the sake of unity the tea party types don’t dare say anything negative about the establishment. Tiresome.

Rose on October 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

The NRCC has to do MUCH, MUCH BETTER!!!

This video is trivial grade school kid stuff: Turn it up 5-6 notches, and get it to the right audience!!!

landlines on October 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Obama’s the target; he’s having a bad week. Unify to make it worse for him!

thebrokenrattle on October 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Overheard at the RINO caucus breakfast this morning:

“Look…..obamacare is crashing, and we picked the wrong horse to ride into 2014. The TEA Party fanatics are gonna clean our clocks next time around…just like in 2010, only worse. Much worse.

Any ideas on how we get back on the gravy train of public sentiment?”

Yeah….how about we release this statement today:

Powerful grassroots organizations appear ready to back House GOP leadership on “targeted strikes” to weaken the law, a strategy they criticized as insufficiently aggressive in the months before the government closed.

BobMbx on October 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

New Republican unity in fight against ObamaCare?

Behold, the stupid Party is getting ready to strike!

The Republicans now have absolutely no leverage and this new unity to fight is truly pointless… Yes, NOW is the time to attack!

RJL on October 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM