Why not NOW!!
The answer is simple, and Roberts pretty much spelled it out in his appalling ruling.
The American People get the government, and legislation, they deserve.
ObamaCare is just starting to go into effect now. And is going to go fully into effect in 2014. People are feeling the pain, and realizing what really happened with a bill that needed to be passed in order to find out what was actually in it.
The American People NEED to feel the pain of this. It's a hard and bitter pill to swallow, but in electing a Congressional Democrat Majority and then the most extremist Liberal President in US history they got exactly what they deserved.
Its going to be a hail mary pass ... but once the public starts feeling the pain of ObamaCare they're going to be looking for someone to blame. The Republicans are the ones in position to capitalize on it. I think that there's a really good chance that the GOP will pick up seats in the House and take the Senate on this issue in 2014. There's even an outside chance that, combined with gun control, there'll be a political bloodletting on it.
So, in early 2015 (two years from now), the House repeals ObamaCare and sends the repeal to the Senate ... where it's repealed under Reconciliation and sent to Obama to sign or veto.
He's going to have a good number of Dem Senators from purple/red states who are up for reelection in 2016 demanding that he sign. If he chooses not to ... they may just abandon him in droves. Even to the point where we may see a couple/few Party-switchers (as we did after the 1994 election).
A veto also means that the pain persists, even increases, into 2016. It'll doom Biden, Hillary! and Cuomo for sure. It may not be enough, given the demographic shifts underway, to elect a GOP President. But it may be enough to force the Dems to find a nominee who can do what Clinton did in 1992: play Conservative in order to win.
Here's the really delicious part tho. And understand I'm not endorsing or supporting or advocating for gay marriage in saying this. At all - this is just political mechanics. But if the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA and Prop 8, and "marriage equality" is a reality and pretty much off the table as a major political issue, there may be a stampede of homosexuals and "moderates" if not into the GOP, then maybe out of the Dem Party and into Indie/Non-Aligned status where they'd see it in their interests to vote for a GOP Presidential candidate in 2016.
Like I said, it's a hail-mary pass and a long shot. But I think it's the only viable game in town right now.
Your ideas have merit but require a unified, clear communications plan for success in the mid-term. The GOP has done a poor job of pinning the responsibility for our lack of budget all these last 4 years squarely where it belongs, with Obama, Reid and Pelosi (1st 2 years). The Obamacare debacle rests all with the Democrats as does the downgraded credit rating, persistent unemployment rates and most recently, Sequester.
Secondly, after explaining the problem, they need to communicate the solution. Sequester is blowing up in Obama’s face. He’s looking for ways to make it hurt to save his pathetic ass. Spending cuts, tax and regulation reductions, support of state’s rights, all are critical. Gingrich communicated with great success in ‘94. We need that voice in ‘14. Who will it be?
posted on 03/28/2013 9:43:33 PM PDT
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