“This is going to be paid for, and it’s going to reduce the deficit!” Carol Shea-Porter tells her New Hampshire constituents a great April Fool’s joke, but they only laugh for a moment. She eventually tries offering the “martyr” defense by saying that members of Congress make so much money that the new taxes will wind up applying to them, but that doesn’t seem to impress anyone, either. “What about the CBO estimate?” one man yells, referring to the CBO reply to Paul Ryan showing ObamaCare to be a budget buster, and a woman yells, “You broke the Constitution!”
Maybe she needs better comedy writers?
Shea-Porter will face a serious challenge from Republicans in NH-01, probably Frank Guinta, who is the most prominent GOP candidate thus far declared for the primary. Most of Shea-Porter’s colleagues are avoiding discussions of ObamaCare like the electoral plague it will be. Shea-Porter might want to do the same — but her constituents won’t let her get away with it.