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No wonder Republican Senate candidates are such a disaster when it comes to Obamacare and repeal or replace. Take a look at what the strategists—the people coming up with their messaging—have to say.
But Republican operatives responsible for guiding 2014 strategy contend that the party remains as committed as ever to opposing President Obama's health care overhaul, both on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail. Instead, they say that the "repeal and replace" line has outlived its usefulness. […]

In fact, one GOP strategist said, among the reasons “repeal and replace” is now such bad messaging is because voters don't want to be told that they have to suffer under law for another three years, at which time their problems might or might not be remedied, depending on who is elected to succeed Obama in 2016. […]

That is why Republicans in the months leading up to the 2014 elections, and beyond, are likely to message their opposition to Obamacare in positive, reform-minded language like “starting over.”

This friendlier rhetoric has begun to appear in some GOP television ads, but Republicans say it hardly equals a party in retreat on this issue.

“We are going to be talking about Obamacare; we are just fine-tuning our message,” one Republican advisor said.

Ah, fine-tuning, not about repeal, because repeal now is toxic. But it's basically the same thing because they have to keep the base happy, but they have to convince not-the-base that starting over from scratch isn't the same as repeal. And they don't think people want to hear that they have to live with Obamacare for another three years, but they can't do anything about it before then because they can't repeal it, which they still want to do but they can't actually say that word anymore. Yes, that's all perfectly clear.

Oh, and they're still going to be bringing a comprehensive replacement bill to the floor before the election. As soon as they can get more than three people to agree on one. Because obviously, they really know what they're doing here.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:04 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:04:45 PM PDT

  •  "GOP strategists are more full of (----------)" (0+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:24:19 PM PDT

  •  I could be wrong, but it seems to me that... (7+ / 0-)

    ...the phrase "starting over" would be even more toxic than "repeal/replace".

    Even people who hate the ACA do recognize that we just finished a big, ugly, messy, confusing overhaul of the nation's healthcare system (and it's not even done yet--there's still the employer mandate, etc etc).

    I kind of think that even people who hate the law would rather let the dust settle for a few years before tearing apart the whole system AGAIN.

  •  It's like all that new messaging to (4+ / 0-)

    attract women, blacks, Hispanics, and gays.  They're doing a bang-up job with that, too.

    Shit in a bucket is still shit in a bucket.  Even if you try to put a bow on top, it'll slide right off.  

  •  Rand Paul's latest email" (3+ / 0-)

    I know you and millions of other Americans stood with me all the way.

    Now I am asking you to stand with me once again as even more critical fights approach.

    The truth is, with the ObamaCare rollout debacle, the talk in Congress is now about "reforming" or "fixing" the bill.

    I'm as worried as anyone about the damage this disastrous law is inflicting on the American people.

    But "reform" isn't the answer.  "Fixing" the bill is no solution.  All this would do is allow ObamaCare's taxes and regulations to become even further entrenched.

    So the answer is outright REPEAL.  And you and I can't settle for anything less.

    I hope you agree -- and if you think this should be my top priority in the next few months -- please mark "REPEAL OBAMACARE" on your Stand With Rand Member Directive.

    Then he asks for money

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:07:46 PM PDT

  •  I predict another lawsuit (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    This time from Yoko Ono and the Estate of John Lennon, when Republican operatives try to swipe the song "Starting Over" for use with this stupid campaign.

    I also expect to see Bobby Jindal leading this parade of stupid.

  •  Like Rosie said (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    your policies suck.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:18:33 PM PDT

  •  With all this being true (0+ / 0-)

    I continue to see some troubling polling data here and there that show that republican U.S. Senate candidates are doing fairly well against their democratic incumbent opponents in some states.  I haven't seen many polls that show that many (if any) democratic U.S. Senate candidates are doing well against their republican incumbent opponents.  How many seats do the repubs have to win/dems lose for republicans to take a majority in the Senate?  

    Now, for those that will counter this post with showing some polling data that shows some democrats doing well or showing republicans not doing well...yep, I've seen those too.  It's sort of worrisome, though.  Obama isn't popular, it's mid-terms elections with a second-term president which has historically meant trouble for that party in many cases.  I think it's troublesome and I'm betting I'm not alone here.

  •  Nothing More Fun Than Starting Over (0+ / 0-)

    After a painful national debate and before we've even had a chance for people to get used to their new health insurance. Jeeze, if we took this approach to the Moon Landing we'd still be stuck re-modeling Cape Canaveral.

    Each passing month the predicted disasters fail to happen and more people sign up to get access to affordable health care.

  •  Y'know.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...there's never been anything stopping (R)s in either house from crafting their own health care legislation. I'm generally more receptive to getting rid of something old - be it a refrigerator, TV, car or whatever - after I've already settled on what will replace it, rather than before.

    Or would that be too obvious?    

    Don't bother. We all know the real answer.

  •  We should wipe the floor with these dicks... (0+ / 0-) November.

    You can't ask for more feckless opponents.

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:14:10 PM PDT

  •  Oh, don't look so surprised. (0+ / 0-)

    The more or less official policy of the Republican party for years had been 'don't talk about our official party platform.'
    Every time their candidates do, they end up talking about 'legitimate rape' or magic lady parts.
    It was only a matter of time before they started shouting out words at random in hopes something would work.

    No one has a higher regard for the GOTP than I do, and I consider them a pack of scoundrels and fools at best, traitors at worst.

    by UncleKirk on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 06:21:13 PM PDT

  •  Wow, whatta plan. (0+ / 0-)

    Just slap a new label on it and the voters will magically appear.  All indications are that this brilliant strategy originated in the ever nimble, crafty brain of Gommert.

  •  If we start over (0+ / 0-)

    can we bus in a whole bunch of people to disrupt the townhall meetings and carrying signs that read


    Please, please, please ?

    “Now folks, by going on that web show, Barack Obama undermined the authority of the presidency. And that is Fox News' job.” - Stephen Colbert

    by Older and Wiser Now on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:34:38 AM PDT

  •  Please help! (0+ / 0-)

    Please help us and tell Governor (of Alabama) Bentley to expand Medicaid.  Here’s his contact number 334-242-7100 or fax 334-353-0004.

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