The GOP Fails Politics 101. Again.
John Boehner says the government shutdown was “a disaster“. Apparently “disaster” means the GOP is on pace to keep the House and win control of the Senate. Actually, that does sound like a disaster but I doubt it’s what he had in mind.
The only alleged fallout I’ve seem people claim resulted from the shutdown was it might have hurt the Cuccinelli campaign for Governor in Virginia. Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t but even if it did, that’s pretty slim evidence of a “disaster”, especially compared to the actual disaster of ObamaCare.
But Team GOP will keep insisting that it was a disaster.
So what’s their plan to undo the supposed damage? New and unexciting plans to replace ObamaCare.
Naturally this will cause even bigger problems than the shutdown.
First of all, why do they need to have a plan at all? Harping on the actual problems ObamaCare is causing is by far the best strategy.
Worst of all, why are they proposing plans that amount to anything other than “Go back to where we were before this disaster happened”?
Team GOP is fond of telling conservatives that the reason conservatives don’t get what they want is they are on the wrong side of many 70/30 issues. Here’s the problem with that. Team GOP won’t engage when they are on the right side of 70/30.
Look at healthcare/ObamaCare. In 2009 the vast majority of people were happy with their health insurance and the healthcare.
Overall, 80% are satisfied with the quality of medical care available to them, including 39% who are very satisfied. Sixty-one percent are satisfied with the cost of their medical care, including 20% who are very satisfied.
There were plenty of other polls like this at the time. So why wouldn’t the GOP want to go to 80% and 61% of the people and say, “The Democrats really did a number on you but we’re going to make it right. Remember when you were happy with your plan and could keep your doctor? So do we and we’re going back there!”
What did Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers say about healthcare last night in the official GOP State of the Union Response?
“We’ve all talked to too many people who have received cancellation notices they didn’t expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have,” she said. “No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but the president’s health-care law is not working.”
So the GOP message on healthcare is, “Have no fear America, the GOP has no intention of going back to the time when most of you were happy with your coverage and healthcare choices. You’re welcome!”.
Instead they will push new and untried schemes of their own because…I don’t know. They just will.
Want another example. Here’s one…abortion. Women(!) support banning abortion after twenty weeks by a 60/40 margin (it’s about 50/50) with men. So here’s a chance for the GOP to get on the right side of an issue with women, the holy grail for them, and yet all we hear is, “the GOP needs to step back on social issues”.
It’s pretty obvious that the GOP only cares about polling when they can use it as an excuse not to do things. When the polling cuts against what they want, then it’s irrelevant.
Are there issues the GOP shouldn’t pursue that conservatives would like because of public opposition? Sure but if your preferred policy position is on the wrong side of voters, that’s not an excuse to do enact liberal policies. What you should be doing is slowing things down as much as possible and trying to swing voters to your side.
The real problem is the GOP doesn’t try and convince voters that conservative policies are the best. The reason for that is simple…the vast majority of them aren’t conservatives, “severe” or otherwise.