If there is nothing worse than now having the so-called health care reform now the law of the land, it is a senior Republican senator trying to nuance his way around the core Republican message: Repeal and Replace.
It appears that Texas Sen. John Cornyn did not the the Republican memo.
That Republicans are running on the pledge to Repeal and Replace.
It appears that Sen. Cornyn is, well to coin a phrase, using a little nuance in reaction to the passage and signing of the Dear Leader, President Obama's only accomplishment to date.
Here is what Sen. Cornyn had to say:
In the wake of the passage of health care reform, nearly the entire slate of Republican senatorial candidates seems ready to run on a repeal of the bill. But now, the lawmaker overseeing their election strategy is softening the message. Rather than promising to scrap the bill in its entirety, the GOP will pledge to just get rid of the more controversial parts…
“There is non-controversial stuff here like the preexisting conditions exclusion and those sorts of things,” the Texas Republican said. “Now we are not interested in repealing that. And that is frankly a distraction.”
What the GOP will work to repeal, Cornyn explained, are provisions that result in “tax increases on middle class families,” language that forced “an increase in the premium costs for people who have insurance now” and the “cuts to Medicare” included in the legislation…
The senator’s comments on Tuesday also included a push to restore funds for Medicare Advantage — an odd political moment, considering the GOP’s self-promotion as the party that trims the fat off entitlement programs.
No, Sen. Cornyn, the whole abomination must be repealed. Not the stuff that does or does not poll well. EVERYTHING!
Keep this frightening thought in mind. This Sen. Cornyn is the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He is the guy that is in charge of the 2010 Republican election effort in the senate.
So far, he is awe-inspiring.
Now to be fair, Sen. Cornyn claims that he was misquoted. So, here is a kind of sort of retraction from Sen. Cornyn:
Some media outlets have misrepresented my position on repealing and replacing the President’s $2.6 trillion health care bill. Make no mistake about it: I fully support repealing this Washington takeover of health care and replacing it with a bipartisan bill that lowers the cost of health care.
“Republicans have long pointed out that there are areas of health care reform where there is bipartisan agreement. Yet, instead of working with Republicans to solve issues of bipartisan concern such as pre-existing condition exclusions, Democrats insisted on a purely partisan bill that included massive tax hikes, trillions of dollars in new taxpayer spending, and cuts to Medicare, while failing to address rising health care costs.
“We will do what Democrats failed to do; start with common-sense measures and craft a truly bipartisan bill that does not raise taxes, does not pillage $500 billion from a bankrupt Medicare program and does not increase premiums on working families.
Hey, Johnny. Is it all right that I call ya' Johnny? Here is clue number one.
If the Democrats really wanted a bipartisan deal, they would have actually included Republicans from the beginning. Not in the end-game as window dressing. That is why Republicans must run on the pledge to repeal the whole abomination. Yes, unless there is a total sea change, the Dear Leader, President Obama, will veto it. And more than likely, congress would not be able to over ride the veto. But the message will be fast and hard for the Dear Leader. There is a new team in town and you better work with that team.
Also, Johnny, what you suggest by keeping the "good stuff" means that you are looking at the situation from a position of weakness. Be bold, Johnny! Talk the talk! That the only way any thing of the original abomination that may be a good thing has to be to start from scratch.
REPEAL AND REPLACE!
Johnny, we plebeians do not want to hear inside-the-beltway crap. No nuance! We, the frustrated citizens want to vote for candidates that stand up to the Democrats. From the Dear Leader, President Obama, on down to Jackass Nancy Pelosi and Dingy Harry Reid.
This administration has committed the largest nationalization of private business since the whole panoply of New Deal legislation in the 1930s.
For the first time, the public has in a loud and unmistakable voice shouted HELL NO! To an expanse of the Welfare State.
Yet the Democrat congress passed this abomination.
People want to take to those that committed this grievous act. They do not want to be led by a pantywaist.
Now, Johnny, get back to Texas and man up!
We want to see a Republican senate come November 5th!
The best way that you can do that Sen. Johnny Cornyn is this.
SHUT YOUR HOLE!