No regrets: Mark Pryor would vote for Obamacare all over again

posted at 11:31 am on April 5, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

I suppose it’s possible that some Democrats bought in a bit too heavily to the President’s somewhat premature victory lap over Obamacare enrollment numbers this week. Perhaps they are to be forgiven, considering all of the hype from Democrat protagonists and network news talkers. (But I repeat myself.) Still, when you’re engaged in the political fight of your life, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is, a bit more caution may be in order.

No matter how many talking points are released from the White House, voters in Arkansas don’t seem to be buying it. This recent poll from Real Clear Politics tells the story, and the numbers are not good.

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But credit where credit is due, Pryor doesn’t seem to be wavering. That may be why the NRSC recently awarded the coveted title of Obama’s Rubber Stamp. But a few quotes and some sideline analysis never carry quite the same impact as hearing things directly from the horse’s mouth. So let’s go to the video, where Pryor is asked if, knowing what he knows now, he would still have voted for Obamacare in 2009. From the build-up in this story, you can probably guess the answer. Take it away, Senator.


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What’s that they say about insanity?

bernzright777 on April 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Well, the only ones who would be safe running on ObamaCare are those that usually have 80% of the vote.

watertown on April 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You go, Mark. Hang in there. Keep telling everyone how great Obamacare is.

Kaffa on April 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Doubling down on stupid. When that’s all that’s left, might as well throw up a Hail Mary. Besides, he’s got better even odds the electorate is stupid enough to buy it.

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

His fate has already been sealed. He will be soundly defeated.

Amazingoly on April 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Well stupid is as stupid does. Pryor, and just about every democrat, is a prime example why one’s parents should not be related to each other when they procreate.

bbinfl on April 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

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….fixed!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

That “Arkansas Comes First” sign in the pic is clearly missing its first word: “Screwing”.

Stoic Patriot on April 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I really like the new tack the Dems are taking—saying they would still vote for it but would have liked a few changes to it. Stop me here if I’m wrong, but being Senators and such aren’t they in a position to make said “changes” Pryor (see what I did here) to it becoming law?

Is Pryor admitting that he is so powerless a senator that he had no way of suggesting changes before this law was passed?

dirtseller on April 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Which is exactly why he will soon be looking for another job. He painted himself into a corner so is forced to double down. He will lose by huge margin.

mhgoldwing on April 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

when you’re engaged in the political fight of your life, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is…

…you think it would help get a few more votes if he would use… Mark BillyJoe Pryor?

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

There certainly needs to be a 28th Amendment, to protect the American public from the political & bureaucratic class:

1. TERM LIMITS
12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. NO TENURE/NO PENSION
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. CONGRESS (past, present & future) PARTICIPATES in SOCIAL SECURITY
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people.

4. CONGRESS CAN PURCHASE THEIR OWN RETIREMENT PLAN
Just like each and every other American.

5. THE PRESIDENT & CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER VOTE THEMSELVES a PAY RAISE:
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2.5%. No pay at all if a balanced budget is not passed, annally.

6. CONGRESS LOSES THEIR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Congress will participate in the same health care system as the American people.

7. CONGRESS MUST EQUALLY ABIDE by ALL LAWS
No special exemptions or treatment.

8. ALL CONTRACTS WITH PAST AND PRESENT CONGRESSMEN ARE VOID
Effective 1/1/12.

I’m sure you all can think of more things … not able to lobby for the next 5 years, no nepotism, means tested pay, no insider trading …

majorzot on April 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The sad part of this is he really believes it.

hip shot on April 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

EMBRACE THE SUCK!!!!!

BigWyo on April 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

when you’re engaged in the political fight of your life, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is…

…you think it would help get a few more votes if he would use… Mark BillyJoe Pryor?

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

This scumbag would eat a rabid squirrel on live TV if he thought it would get him reelected. These type of people have no real job skills in the real world.

VegasRick on April 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Isn’t he that comedian fellow?

Sherman1864 on April 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, but his opponent (Cotton) feels entitled, because, well, military.

Arkansas has gotten redder every year lately. He’ll go the way of Blanch Lincoln.

iurockhead on April 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The azzhole needs to dummy it down and persist, for the right.

For the leftist scum, he’s against gay marriage, attempting to fool the righties.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Even though I’m generally against term limits, he and Manchin make a good case for them.

Add all the other rats, from both sides, no doubt.

Also, check out Obamaville

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yeah, but his opponent (Cotton) feels entitled, because, well, military.

Arkansas has gotten redder every year lately. He’ll go the way of Blanch Lincoln.

iurockhead on April 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Entitled? Pryor is the son of the last Senator from Arkansas, David Pryor.

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Also, check out Obamaville

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Were white Hispanics involved?

I see.

Then shaddap!

Lanceman on April 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Dead Senator Blabbing.

22044 on April 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Play it

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Since term limits were mentioned…I would also propose term limits for federal judges and SCOTUS justices as well.

fortcoins on April 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

fortcoins on April 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Regretfully, also true

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I’m sure you all can think of more things … not able to lobby for the next 5 years, no nepotism, means tested pay, no insider trading …
majorzot on April 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Totally with you on that AND repeal of 17th so that the States are better represented

AH_C on April 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Oh, just wait until July or so when people start losing insurance and literally CAN’T buy new policies until open enrollment in November. And then, they will REALLY thank him when the hospital turns them away because they don’t have and can’t get insurance. I’m sure EVERYONE will be ready to pull that lever for him when THOSE two things hit the fan… from that bill he voted to pass, would vote to pass again… even though HE NEVER READ THE THING!

UnderstandingisPower on April 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

“Its big, It’s complicated.” “You can’t trust a lot of the numbers coming out.”

Why of course it’s a necessary Washington DC program.

Marcus on April 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Obamaville … thanks Schad … I must remember to weave that relationship into many converstations in the near future.

Missilengr on April 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Totally with you on that AND repeal of 17th so that the States are better represented

AH_C on April 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Word

Johnny Alamo on April 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM

majorzot on April 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Love It:) May I add work restrictions are needed too. Balanced budget as you mentioned and I would like to see for every new law, rule or reg. created 3 old ones must be removed.

wifarmboy on April 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ok Arkansas you know what to do. Rid us of this d bag

neyney on April 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

This guy is hoping that there are an increasing number of low information voters in his state. That’s the only way a delusional leftist can justify his ludicrous stance on the biggest junk law of all times.

regmgr on April 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

His fate has already been sealed. He will be soundly defeated.

Amazingoly on April 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Beer on the house, if you’ll be right. I hate him and Landrieu, and all who voted for the travesty of the land.

All must go the way of Blanche Lincoln.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Wonder if he will invite Barry to campaign with him this fall. Cotton should win by at least 10 points, probably more.

cat_owner on April 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I live in AR and know Pryor will be crushed as badly as Lincoln before him. What he may be doing by doubling down on Obamacare is positioning himself for a job in the administration after he loses

Charlemagne on April 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

When the truth finally comes out that only about a million actually paid and most were thrown off their old policies because of obamacare, Guam might actually tip over with the number of liberals running away from this pile of dung.

Cheese Wheel on April 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I live in AR and know Pryor will be crushed as badly as Lincoln before him. What he may be doing by doubling down on Obamacare is positioning himself for a job in the administration after he loses

Charlemagne on April 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Maybe he wants to replace Sebelius, aka Nurse Ratched.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Please note that in the last two days the obama’care’ numbers went up like crazy. Yesterday people called radio stations saying that they never signed up, are Medicare qualified, and received notices from HHS to finish their applications.

This story is developing. It’s possible that HHS handed the Medicare list to the goons/thugs, to activate the obama’care’ sign-up process.

Keep this in front of you.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

For your Saturday afternoon enjoyment…

‘Toon Special: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maerose (Nancy)? – Vol I

Resist We Much on April 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Wow. Awesome collection of cartoons. The Pelosi – Michael Jackson one is scary!

dogsoldier on April 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

The cow, Nancy Pelosi, said yesterday that “we finally recovered all the jobs lost under GWB”. Did she forget that she and Harry were in charge since Jan. 2007? Why does the scumhag consume oxygen, without the media holding her to account? Because they eat her shit, not Beluga caviar.

RWM, for your blog.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Mark Prior and the other dems still cheerleading ZeroCare™ are fascist jackasses and they will get spanked at the ballot box.

dogsoldier on April 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I suppose it’s possible that some Democrats bought in a bit too heavily to the President’s somewhat premature victory lap over Obamacare enrollment numbers this week.

As they described it on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!” this morning, Obama came out and spiked a small child- which was okay because the child had just been enrolled in Obamacare. A bit biting but also almost true enough to be believable.

The reality is that Pryor really doesn’t have much choice but to embrace the suck that is Obamacare and try and convince voters that it can be fixed because it’s 80% perfect! Nevermind more people in Maryland have lost healthcare than enrolled in that state’s flawed system. Nevermind all the ways the administration has broken the “80% perfect law” just to get to that bogus number….. Pryor might as well have “I [heart] Obamacare on his ample rear end. No wonder the bastard was demeaning his opponents military service.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

See this, HN…it’s developing and will be big.

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Wow. Awesome collection of cartoons. The Pelosi – Michael Jackson one is scary!

dogsoldier on April 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Thx. There will be more on her, as well as Insane McVain and Barry.

Have you seen the Harry Reid Collection?

Resist We Much on April 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Pryor is the poster child for insanity.

TX-96 on April 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Oh, just wait until July or so when people start losing insurance and literally CAN’T buy new policies until open enrollment in November. And then, they will REALLY thank him when the hospital turns them away because they don’t have and can’t get insurance. I’m sure EVERYONE will be ready to pull that lever for him when THOSE two things hit the fan… from that bill he voted to pass, would vote to pass again… even though HE NEVER READ THE THING! And made sure to vote to exempt himself from it!!!

UnderstandingisPower on April 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I had to add that.

NapaConservative on April 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Maybe he doesn’t want to return to DC.

pgrossjr on April 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Unfortunately for you Mark,there are too many people who will not vote for you again.Doubling down on your biggest political mistake just makes you look really stupid.

redware on April 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM