I sometimes am surprised at how impatient a fair number of people on the right can be.
I know, I know. We’ve been disappointed a thousand times. I know. Nor do I (as I’ve often said) think politicians are all just fabulous people trying their best.
But you know what? Some are. Or at least, some are pretty smart and are relatively eager to actually pass some of the things they say they want to pass. I still can get surprised when intelligent people seem to ignore the significant constraints of the Congressional process, and be so lightning-quick to blame Republicans for things they shouldn’t be blamed for (as well as the things they should be blamed for).
Sometimes I’m even one of those people doing the blaming.
So please read this post by John Hinderaker. It may reassure you, as it did me. If not “reassure,” at least it will give you greater insight into what the GOP says is the current plan for health care reform.
Of course, if you think the best plan would be to get the federal government out of the health care business altogether, then you are correct in being very heavily critical of all of the Republican plans. But I think that ship has sailed, although I would like to see less government involvement than these plans envision.
Earlier in this post I suggested you read a piece by John Hinderaker. In his post, he suggests you read the entirety of this article by Peter Nelson, from which he took a series of quotes he used. Here’s one of those Nelson quotes with which I heartily agree. It deals with a theme I’ve been harping on for years (and not just concerning health care, either):
But it’s dangerous if, to foment a public outcry to force changes to the bill, critics instill within the conservative base a sense that full repeal is possible if not for those weak-kneed Republicans elected to Congress. If conservative leaders set unattainable expectations, they will create a perception of failure in Congress that will deflate the conservative base.
That process has been aided and abetted for years by quite a few talk show hosts and/or bloggers on the right, with an assist from an MSM that likes to heighten discord on the right. The talk show hosts and bloggers do it because it’s good for ratings and traffic. The MSM does it because it wants the right to cannibalize itself.
I want to add, though, that one thing I’ve observed over and over is that the GOP is terrible at explaining to its base—at the outset—what it’s doing when it makes some move. The base often doesn’t listen anyway, but it seems to me that the GOP’s explanation often comes quite a while after the fact, when people are already mega-angry.
That’s not smart, and it’s one of many reasons the GOP in Congress is met with charges of “elitist.”