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November 04, 2013

David Gregory: Isn't It True That You, Mitt Romney, Are Really Responsible for Obamacare's Failure?

David Gregory grills Mitt Romney over Obamacare's failures, suggesting he's the real author of all the problems.


And it's not just super-prog David Gregory. It's also super-proggy Candy Crowely, who asks Kelly Ayotte, unbelievably, this howler:

CROWLEY: I want to play for you something the president said Wednesday in Boston about the opposition to his Affordable Care Act.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Unfortunately, there are others that are so locked into the politics of this thing that they wont lift a finger to help their own people because if they put as much energy into making this law work as they do in attacking the law, Americans would be better off.

CROWLEY: Now, he is saying in a sort of nuance way what other Democrats are saying right out there which is that you- all would rather defeat the president and Obamacare than help your constituents. Have you helped your constituents who called to your office looking for help? And do you think republicans are vulnerable on this that they have tried so hard and so many times to derail it, but now the criticism looks like nothing but politics?

Are they vulnerable for having told the truth about Obamacare and having been proven right in all their predictions? Because they didn't try hard enough to "help make work" what they estimated to be a disaster, which in fact turned out to be the biggest political disaster that veteran newsmen and politicos have ever seen?

When you pass something on a party line vote, you own it. That's why, historically, major pieces of legislation have been done on a bipartisan basis. Both parties want cover -- the moving party wants cover should the endeavor fail, the responding party wants a piece of it in case it proves to be popular.

But not so with Obamacare. Republicans objected, and Democrats employed every bit of chicanery in the book to pass Obamacare by the slenderest of possible margins. In the House, if you remember, at-risk Democrats begged Pelosi for the right to vote against it -- and Pelosi chose her favorites, those Democrats she'd permit to vote against it, and thus hold their seats, and those who would be required to vote for it, and thus likely lose their seats. They arranged the vote so that the fewest number of Democrats necessary would wind up voting for it.

So now the Democrats own this massive catastrophe, outright. There is no cover. There are no Republican votes with them, not even the Maine Twins. Not even John McCain and Lindsay Graham.

And the media would have loved to have granted the Democrats all the credit if it had proved popular.

But it's not turning out that way. Not at all.

So the media, and the Democratic Party itself (but, as always, I repeat myself), are now determined to make the Republican own a piece of a massive failure of a law they all voted against, and have vigorously warned the public against.

Republicans are now forewarned: It will be common media SOP to suggest that somehow, by some weird misuse of faulty logic, the GOP is actually on the hook for the very policy they've warned people about for four years.

They should all prepare snarky, aggressive answers for these inevitable questions. Maybe something like, "No, Candy. You see, unlike you, I actually bothered to read Obamacare and understood that it contained little but pain for America's struggling middle class. That's why I voted against it, and have tried to repeal it for four years, over your strenuous, ignorant objections."

Well, okay, that last part is too edgy.

But everyone really needs to go Loaded for F***in' Bear for this question. Embarrass them for their ignorant cheerleading. Punish them for lying to the American public. Expose them as ignorant, lazy gabbers who have a lot of opinion and almost no information or expertise to back it up.

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