Scalp hunters

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Official portrait of United States Health and Human Services Secretary . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scalp hunters in the GOP failed to capture President Obama’s scalp in the effort to repeal, defund, or delay the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now as a consolation prize, they seek the resignation/firing of the person in charge of implementing Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. If they fail again, whose scalp will they covet next?

GOP approval rating

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English: The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The approval ratings of the GOP and Congress are near historic lows, roughly 28% for the GOP and lower for Congress. In the recent vote to end the Federal government shutdown, 38% of House GOP members voted in support and 62% opposed. Those numbers were almost exactly reversed in the Senate, 61% in support and 39% opposed. If you subtract one number from the other, the difference is 23% in both cases which is almost the same as the GOP approval rating. A coincidence? Maybe not.

Plan C

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English: Barack Obama taking the oath of office on January 20, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Loosely translated from the original by Robert Burns.

On inauguration night, January 20, 2009, the GOP hatched plan A to oppose everything that President Obama supported and to prolong the Great Recession as long as possible. That plan didn’t work.

After the November, 2012 election, the GOP came up with plan B, shut down the government and skirt default. That plan too has just failed.

Now it is time for a plan C. We don’t know the details yet, but we do know that there will be a plan C: find some pretext to impeach President Obama. Whatever the GOP may claim, the real reason for the impeachment effort will be that President Obama, his family and his dogs are black.

Who won and who lost?

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English: President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House announcing a deal in the ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction, July 31, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight are temporarily over, who won and who lost? Certainly President Obama won by refusing to negotiate with the hostage-taking GOP. However, the GOP won too by reducing our confidence in government, which has been one of their main goals for years. Reducing confidence in government will make it easier in the future to reduce government funding. The big losers in the fight were the American people.

Palin logic

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English: Sarah Palin at the Time 100 Gala in Manhattan on May 4, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Sarah Palin, if the GOP induce default and Barack Obama does not prevent it, it is an impeachable offense. If on the other hand, President Obama uses the 14th amendment or other unilateral means to avoid default, it will be an impeachable offense. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Would the country be better off now if Sarah Palin had been elected in 2008? I don’t think so. I doubt that she wrote this herself; it sounds like something that was written for her.