Yesterday, I told you about the scattershot attack on Obamacare that the GOPs are launching. Today, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post kind of gets it [emphasis added]:
Milbank in the Miltank.
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Republicans’ Obamacare search-and-destroy mission
Dana Milbank / Washington Post
Watching House Republicans’ latest complaint about Obamacare brings to mind the joke Woody Allen used to open “Annie Hall,” about two elderly women at a Catskills resort. — “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible,” says one.
“Yeah, I know,” says the other. “And such small portions.”
Last week, the administration announced it was delaying by a year the implementation of one of Obamacare’s provisions, the requirement that large employers provide health insurance. You’d think the opposition party, which has spent four years denouncing the health-care reforms, would be delighted by the reprieve. But on Wednesday, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to condemn the administration — for incomplete enforcement of the law they hate…
I could say something about the pretension of citing “Annie Hall” merely to recite an old chestnut of a j0ke that tracks back at least to Vaudeville. Or, I could focus on the superficiality of this “insider baseball” piece. Hmmm.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson
I think we choose the latter.
THIS is Milbank’s “exposé”:
“We see this as definitely something that leans toward socialism,” proclaimed Rep.Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
President Obama was called a dictator and a socialist for passing Obamacare. Now he’s a dictator and a socialist for postponing it? “The irony of objecting to the delay of a program you’ve been trying to stop is no doubt lost on this room,” observed Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.
It’s a safe bet that Republicans aren’t really concerned about the delay, which the administration said last week that it had granted at the request of employers and which was applauded by business groups. Rather, Republicans used the delay as a chance to make the case, yet again, that the entire health-care law should be ditched. They are planning to vote soon on repealing the law — for the 38th time, give or take.
“This law is literally just unraveling before our eyes,” judged Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the former vice-presidential candidate. “I don’t know how you can conclude that this is not a total fiasco.” In an extended cobbler’s metaphor, he said Democrats wrote the law “on Christmas Eve and shoehorned that into law, which is what we have today, and so we see all these shoes dropping.”
Chairman Brady revealed his motives when he used his opening statement to cite polling on the law’s unpopularity. “Clearly, the rollout of Obamacare is in disarray,” he exulted.
This unqualified opposition is counterproductive for House Republicans. On health care, as on immigration, their approach amounts to a search-and-destroy mission. They could work with Democrats to remove problematic pieces in the health-care law, and they could compromise with Democrats on legislation that would secure the borders.* But instead they are devoted to shutting down both….
[* If wishes were horses, beggars could ride.]
Horse: Milbankian panorama
Seriously? That’s ALL YOU GOT??!?
“an extended cobbler’s metaphor”?? (Which isn’t even a precise descriptive. Just a pretentious one.)
No word on all the stealth attacks, no word on the underhand attacks, the Koch stealth, the Nullification and all-but-secession, the IRS flanking maneuver, etc. etc. etc.?
Nope. Just that Republicans are dumb and “counterproductive.”
Horse sense ain’t what it used ta be
So where does that leave all that pretension, when one misses the forest for the trees? (An extended lumberjack’s metaphor.)
In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny (from “Southern Fried Rabbit,” 1953) “What a maroon!”
This is the uncensored version of this cartoon.