Boehnercare

English: Depiction of the House vote on H.R. 3...

English: Depiction of the House vote on H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) on March 21, 2010, by congressional district. Democratic yea Democratic nay Republican nay No representative seated (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Boehner is refusing to attempt to defund Obamacare. Some on the Right are now saying that Obamacare should be re-named Boehnercare. Instead of trading barbs, both John Boehner and Mitt Romney, the author of Romneycare on which Obamacare is modelled, should be proclaiming what good the Affordable Care act is going to do for millions of Americans and for our nation. Instead both men are too craven, fearing the noise machine of the far right. Rather they would support a one page healthcare bill acceptable to Mike Lee and others that with the usual header and footer would fit easily on one page. The proposed GOP healthcare bill would be worded like this: “Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly.”

Romney Lost

Romney Speaks in Detroit

Romney Speaks in Detroit (Photo credit: Austen Hufford)

Republicans are still discussing why Romney lost the recent election. He lost, not because he didn’t receive more votes from his base, he lost because he received fewer votes period. End of story. Republicans claim that Romney received the majority of the votes cast by real Americans. Perhaps he did if you define real Americans as those who voted for Romney. That’s a really circular argument if I have ever heard one. Rather than reforming the party, the GOP are currently trying to find ways of increasing the number of real Americans who vote and decreasing the number of votes by other Americans.

Like father, like son

The quality of Republican leaders has fallen off a cliff. Formerly, GOP leaders were educated men and women of principle and character. That is no longer true.

3 examples:

George HW Bush fathered George W Bush, our worst President.

George Romney fathered Mitt Romney, a terrible candidate,

Ron Paul fathered Rand Paul, a TEA Party favorite and a man of immense ignorance.

Mitt’s example

Cover of "No Apology: The Case for Americ...

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In his book No Apology, Mitt Romney tried to take every position on almost every question. Barack Obama should follow Mitt’s example and do the same. Then the GOP would not know which policy to oppose. During the sequester fight, the GOP contended that the sequester was the President’s idea. They did that to avoid blame for the bad effects of the sequester. If they truly believed that the sequester was Barack’s idea, they wouldn’t have voted for it.

Please see No Apology

Disturbing numbers

GOP Top 5: 5-17-11

GOP Top 5: 5-17-11 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Barack Obama was re-elected convincingly in November, 2012, only six months ago. Seems like ages ago doesn’t it because of continuing GOP obstruction? When you consider the Romney candidacy, it is amazing that President Obama only won by 5 million votes; it should have been by 10s of millions of votes.

The leadership of the GOP are probably holed up in some undisclosed location plotting a comeback. If only they have a better, more conservative candidate, next time, and if only they can reduce the number of voters who might vote Democratic, they can win the next election.

Well, the GOP may be able to reduce the number of Democratic votes by changing election laws here and there. But they cannot field a more conservative candidate who will win the hearts and minds and votes of a majority of Americans. There is no such Republican candidate who can win the support of the GOP base and then pivot to win independent and Democratic votes. The only way to select a winning GOP presidential candidate would be to eliminate primaries entirely. If the GOP establishment could return to choosing a candidate in smoke-filled back rooms, they might have a chance of picking a winner.