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Obamacare hangs in there

There's a bit of triumphalism going on (see TPM and Krugman) on the left regarding Obamacare, but i don't really get where it's coming from. Republican opposition to Obamacare has always not been based on reality, and has always been hypocritical (it's a moderately conservative idea previously supported by the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney, not socialism). So their latest failure to get business people (insurance execs) to conform with their madness isn't really anything new. And no matter what happens in the 2014 elections, Obama will still be president so any attempts to repeal the law were going to get vetoed (if it even got that far). Most importantly, i don't see this latest wave of "defeat" on Obamacare affecting the Republicans' probability of winning the 2014 elections. There is still the two electorates problem for Dems and i'm more pessimistic than Josh Marshall that this doesn't change any time soon. So temporarily making Republican congressmen a laughing stock doesn't really seem to have any special significance.

The good news is that with more or less permanent gridlock in government, i've seen less reason to blog about politics. I know it doesn't seem like it, but it's true.

(It occurs to me that people may not have the background for what i'm talking about in terms of this debacle for Congressional Republicans. I guess this is a good primer, followed by this.)

By fnord12 | May 9, 2014, 9:58 AM | Liberal Outrage