Of course, I'll continue to vote nearly exclusively Republican for the foreseeable future, given that the main alternative is evil and the rest are silly.
But this repeal-and-replace impasse makes me want to throw up.
Consider who is lining up for the House bill and against it.
Against: the good guys and the smart guys:
Heritage Action, Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity -- three of the biggest groups that Republicans will need to help them whip their right flank into voting for this thing -- have all come out hard against it. Avik Roy and Michael Cannon, two of the leading opponents of Obamacare in the policy community, have both panned it. You’re not exactly seeing enthusiastic cheers from the journalists who opposed Affordable Care Act, of which I am one. See? This is me, emphatically not cheering. If such a thing is possible, I am actively failing to cheer.Squirrel-Hair claims to be open to modifications, but says that has to be done through the amendment process. Like that is going to bring more clarity to the whole enterprise.
And Mike Pence has squandered a great deal of credibility in this matter:
Mitch McConnell seems anxious to have the Senate vote on it.
The White House on Tuesday cast the GOP bill as a "work in progress," a sign that changes may be necessary in order to move it through the House. Pence acknowledged that reality by saying as the legislative process goes forward, the GOP plan "is the framework for reform and we are certainly open to improvements and to recommendations in the legislative process."
But he also warned the GOP, "this is the bill" backed by President Trump.
Nice work, you clowns.
Yes, the cabinet appointments, the reversal of the EPA's tyranny, and the new US tone at the UN are all marvelous developments made possible by last November's election results.
But failing to stand on the side of liberty on this crucial issue would negate those gains.
A whole lot of citizens of this land would feel that there was now truly nowhere for them to go.
I'm not at the point of total hopelessness, but I am at the point of total disgust.
A party that claims to stand for what I stand for and then gets the vapors when it's time to prove it is no party of mine.