Republican House – You Want Symbolism, They Got it!

As a veteran political observer…damn near 40 years now…I’ve seen all sorts of strategies and tactics used by all political parties. Republicans certainly know how to gather support however they can and they understand and perpetuate the cynicism in politics. They don’t see any downside to being hypocritical and as Rachel Maddow says, they are shameless. They divide and conquer, they pit one group against another….but they understand completely that when it comes down to election time, they can get all their people in line. Usually it entails sending out racist dog whistles, abortion, immigration, and they throw in a little socialism, fascism, communism and all those salivating dogs coming running home.

The latest manuever that everyone sees through and is just a symbolic gesture, red meat to the base…is the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” that they are playing with in the House of Representatives. Steve Benen has been all over this over at the Washington Monthly, this is from one of his posts…

After a week-long break, House Republicans will get back to work today, renewing their admittedly-pointless effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote, which will likely come tomorrow, isn’t hard to predict — the House will easily approve the repeal measure — but even supporters know the bill will promptly fade into oblivion soon after.What’s more interesting is how little Republicans’ ostensible allies are doing to give them a hand. (thanks to reader V.S. for the tip)

The health care industry’s biggest trade groups have remained uncharacteristically neutral on the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform law, choosing instead to save their political capital for smaller, more targeted changes that have a chance at becoming law.

America’s Health Insurance Plans lobbied against much of the health care overhaul when it was passed in Congress, but it is not supporting the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. The heads of Aetna and Cigna, members of AHIP, have publicly said they do not support efforts to repeal the law. […]

The pharmaceutical industry, which spent months cutting deals with Democrats to protect its interests, has remained mum on Republican repeal efforts.

Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a leading opponent of the Democratic reform law, is on record formally supporting the Republican repeal bill, but isn’t at all interested in investing any time or energy into the GOP push.

When your allies turn their backs on you and ignore your symbolic bullshit, you know you are wasting everyone’s time. But I suspect that it will be plenty of red meat for the base to keep them satisfied until the next batch is thrown out to them. Democrats will of course use it to their advantage too. The big difference is that Democrats will be using it to appeal to moderates, some of whom are in the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions. So it is kind of a win-win for both parties, right?


17 thoughts on “Republican House – You Want Symbolism, They Got it!

  1. Great post, EL! All the rethugrapelicans and firebaggers and Bernie Sanders and naderites and tea baggers (haha!) need to SHUT UP and support Our President and Our Party like we do – with faith and hope for change we can believe in going forward! Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

  2. Here’s some great news about Obama’s approval ratings although we all know how fickle that can be and besides I still say polls are over rated. His approval ratings have taken a huge leap. Optimistic and lets hope that they get even better over time. Gallup has him at 50 approve 42 disapprove and Real clear has him steadily improving as well but at a more modest albeit 4.5. Because they use all polls including Rassmussen I’m led to believe that its actually higher.

    This is great and hope he can keep it up. :)

  3. Of course the insurance and drug companies are not going to object to the job killing healthcare bill. Insurance premiums are up 6% on average and drugs are on the rise as well. They are not going to object to something that makes them more money.

    Just like the democrat huge support of Unions, the healthcare bill will drive jobs overseas and they will blame the big companies. Just think if they can pass cape and trade, we won’t have any more manufacturing jobs in this country, oops who will pay the entitlements for the entitled?

  4. Someone take the needle off the old 45 rpm as it is scratched and keeps repeating the same old line!

  5. News today that wages went UP last year 2.6%, Dow now near 1200, NASDAQ approaching 2700, car sales all up over the past year except for problem-plagued Toyota, Christmas sales broke all records. Yet we are still in the doom and gloom “Obama recession” if one only listens to the REICH. Democrats need to brag more about the positives.

  6. Grant,
    They are being distracted by the stupid questions by the media. You know, the health care killing repeal bill, instead of letting everybody know what they are trying to repeal and game the Republicans are playing. I really think we need a really good communicator with sound talking points (but the truth) This is just a three ring circus going on right now. Nobody is talking about the dollars in exports and manufacturing that has increased this past fiscal quarter.
    Good post EL.

  7. Luncheon between President Obama and China’a President Hu along with many from U.S. business. Absent are Boner and McConnell who are “TOO BUSY” to get away from their obstructionism at the Capitol. Is this a SNUB of OUR president or China’s?

  8. The House Republican majority just repealed the Health Care Bill 245-189 with 3 House “Democrats” voting with Republicans. Rep. Eric Cantor is now pissed that Sen. Harry Reid now says he won’t introduce the bill now to the “Senate…where bills go to die”. What about the hundreds of GOP filibusters but playing games?

    Now that the GOP has wasted its first couple of weeks on this non-starter, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is drafting a bill that would change how – and possibly if – the repeal of DADT is implemented. The repeal law passed in December requires the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to certify that the military is ready for the change. Hunter’s bill would require all four service chiefs to also sign off on the policy change probably hoping the homophobe at the US Marines will stop gays from serving in our nation’s armed services.

    What a waste of time when I thought it was all about, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!”

  9. Whelp I was on the young turks on youtube and boy oh boy you can just feel the hate towards the president. Cenk seems to be laying it thicker than usual and still refuses to give Obama any credit. He even put his speech down and his far left followers hate him so much that they refuse to look at anything positive.

    Ahh well I guess Obama can’t reach everyone.

  10. Republicans are prone to back anyone with an (R) after their name whereas Democrats are more critical and often too vocal (especially in public) to the detriment of their party. I feel that many on MSNBC help to pile on Obama, too, offering soundbites for the right to use against the Democrats in the future. The Republicans do a good job of following Ronald Raygun’s 11th Commandment…
    “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

    I am not happy with our president all of the time in all things but realize that things would be a lot worse under McCain/Palin and I haven’t seen a Republican yet who would do a better job in 2013. The far left needs to remember they only represent a segment of the WHOLE Democratic Party yet nearly half of ALL Americans now perceive the whole Democratic Party “too liberal”. Of course the constant barrage of lies from REICH-wing radio hosts and Faux News helps to create an exaggerated illusion.

    Since this last election shows that conservatives are more prone to line up lock-step behind their party, Obama needs to be moderate enough to be re-elected. Clinton was perceived to be a centrist and WON twice. McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry were perceived to be liberals. Obama was perceived to be liberal and a stronger rival than McCain/Palin would probably have defeated him.

  11. One of my new year’s resolution was to pissed off more Cenk and Young Turks fanboys over at Democratic Underground. But debating people at Democratic Underground is productive as entering a three legged horse into the Kentucky derby.

    Those Young Turks fanboys/firebaggers are almost worst than Atlanta Ralphs of the political right, at least Atlanta Ralph has an excuse he’s dumber than dog shit but what these TYT fanboys/Firebaggers do is pollute the airwaves and they jacked up the perception for people who don’t follow politics like we do.

    If you don’t follow politics and you hear both left and right wing commentators how shitty President Obama and the Democrats are hell that raving idiot tea bag Republican doesn’t look so bad to them.

    It’s about clicks, media exposure and youtube channel views and country be damn to these people.

  12. While Obama is concentrating on JOBS, the Republicans are conducting a big circle jerk in Congress, mostly wanting to repeal everything from the past two years. They don’t care about the American people as much as they want to “repeal” Obama as Rep. Bachmann phrases it.

    Now they have their “cross-hairs” on the environment, too:

    It’s just as bad in some of our state houses, too. Gov. Goodhair Perry (who has eyes on the White House, too), seems to have lied to the state about how good of job he was doing in order to be re-elected, Perry now lets us know the state is about $31 BILLION in debt and since we have a “balanced budget” law, he will have to find the funds somewhere and of course, a Republican can never raise taxes. So up to $10 BILLION will be cut from EDUCATION, meaning up to 8000 school personnel may lose jobs, class sizes will blow up and many programs that benefit our poorest students will be cut. When I was teaching, spent about $500 a year out of my pocket for school supplies for my classroom that were needed and didn’t have time to submit all of the paperwork to get them and wait until possibly the end of the school term for delivery.

    But taxes will be raised here but not called that. Instead, the Texas Republicans are pushing for such as raising traffic fines 50% for many offenses, do away with the “Back-to-School” sales tax-free weekend where parents can save money on school clothes, supplies, etc. Our sales tax is currently 8.5% but there is no state income tax.

    However with the budget problems, the REICH-wingers are opening the legislature with bills to prevent Sharia law in Texas courts, mimic the Arizona “papers please” law, and make anyone running for president in Texas primaries to PROVE their birth with a certificate!

  13. I heard Perry mentioned the other day as a possible 2012 Rep candidate. That would be fun for a few minutes until he got out of the race. I miss Ann Richards, when I had some hope for Texas. :) And Molly Ivins, two Texas treasures.

  14. According to Glenn Beck, the Democratic Party has been infilitrated by “revolutionaries!” Beck says:

    They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.

    They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they’re revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.

  15. Pandering to the anti-choice crowd this past weekend, now another pressing issue in Texas (not JOBS and the deficit of course) is being addressed by Gov. Perry. He is pushing for a new law requiring every woman getting an abortion in Texas to have a sonogram (who pays?). Then a physician MUST explain every physical detail on the sonogram and the woman MUST listen to the audio of the embryonic/fetal “heartbeat”. Talk about intrusive BIG GOVERNMENT! Our bedrooms and doctor’s offices, even the confessionals may no longer be sacrosanct.

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