The vote to repeal ObamaCare that the Senate took yesterday provides us a few good lessons to take with us.
Lesson 1: Republican leaders have some guts. Mitch McConnell forced the vote by attaching it to a piece of legislation the Dems were taking up. This was after Harry Reid had announced that the Senate "would not" be voting on ObamaCare repeal. McConnell called his bluff and pushed it. The Dems relented. That's a good sign.
Lesson 2: Red State Democrats caved as always. Joe Manchin totally betrayed the people of West Virginia after having just been elected as a "conservative Democrat." Jon Tester turned to jello and opposed repeal. This proved to their constituents what many of us have already learned.if you want conservative representation in Washington, you NEVER vote for a Democrat. Period. Tester and Manchin must face voters again in 2012.
Lesson 3: Republicans should keep this pressure up. Relentlessly. Continue attaching it to multiple bills and force vote after vote after vote. With ObamaCare becoming less popular every day, with waivers being granted to all of Obama's friends every day, with powerful court rebukes of the law's unconstitutionality, with states refusing to implement it, this law becomes more and more difficult to defend. As 2012 looms larger, Democrats will begin caving. As they do, ObamaCare becomes the major issue of the 2012 election.exactly what Republicans want.
Lesson 4: Several Democrats are fully aware of the law's terrific flaws, and are now attempting to hijack Republican positions and advocate for repeal of certain parts (see the 1099 tax reporting element repeal vote). The bill is very weak and Democrats do not have the stomach to keep defending it.
Lesson 5: The Republican strategy of pushing a state opt-out bill is very shrewd. By doing so, up to 30 states are likely to opt out of key options. When they do, the entirety of ObamaCare becomes untenable. Full repeal and replace becomes increasingly likely. Not only that, but the issue becomes the major topic in state elections in 2012 as well...that ensures continued growth of Republican dominance of state capitals.
ObamaCare is a nightmare. But the reality is that it is becoming the biggest nightmare for those who enacted it and are attempting to defend it. They've made their bed and now they are really suffering to lay in it. Republicans...keep up the pressure...push them down in it until they plead to repeal.