Sunday, July 7, 2013

David Brooks Accidentally Admits That Republicans Are Trying To Sabotage Obamacare

Everyone's favorite very serious Republican was on Meet The Press today to once again whine about how Obama's being unreasonable cause he refuses to gut his signature piece of legislation. The panel was discussing the administration's decision to delay implementation of the employer mandate in Obamacare. That led to this exchange between Brooks and Chuck Todd (skip to 4:55):

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Todd: You could argue that there are some Republicans that are trying to sabotage the law. That they're hoping to not get it off the ground and then they can suddenly make the case "See? We gotta get rid of it." and they've got some state governors that are openly trying to sabotage it. You've got - look at what McConnell and Cornyn did to the Sports League. That was a shake down. That was a threatening letter by the two leaders of the senate Republicans who essentially said -

*cross talk*

 Todd: - "If you help them try to enact this law of the land, be careful, there'll be political repercussions. "

Brooks: They would say, the Republicans would say "We're sabotaging a Rube Goldberg device that wouldn't work anyway."

Two things:

1. If it "wouldn't work anyway," why would there be a need for sabotaging to begin with?
2. The idea that Republicans are trying to sabotage anything and everything Obama does is in itself, not surprising to anyone who's been paying attention since January 2009. But like with other things, just because everyone knows what they're trying to do, it doesn't mean you should say it out loud. That would be unseemly. The proper protocol is to ignore such an inconvenience entirely as if it never happened and insist that the opposition is, regardless of all available evidence, trying to work in good faith.

Brooks has been doing this schtick long enough that I'm surprised he made such a rookie mistake.

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