At least that’s the way uber-Liberal columnist Ezra Klein sees it.
Two weeks before taking over control of the House of Representatives, Republicans have already succeeded in starting to defund Obamacare. As Ezra Klein, a zealous Obamacare supporter, writes in the Washington Post, “The Senate passed the Continuing Resolution [by a vote of] 79-16…. Another way of saying that: The Senate voted to defund the implementation of both health-care reform and financial-regulation reform.” Shortly thereafter, the House followed suit, by a vote of 193 to 165. This result was achieved because, in Klein’s words, “The omnibus spending bill collapsed,” preparing the way for the continuing resolution. Klein frankly says: “[T]his is bad news for the health-care bill.”
Weekly Standard blogger, Jeffrey H. Anderson agrees with Klein’s assessment, saying it is a good first step, on the road to deciding the 2012 elections:
Republicans need to continue to defund Obamacare, conduct oversight hearings, and resist the urge to seek partial repeal or to start implementing this monstrosity at the state level. In short, they need to do everything possible to help set the stage for the election battle of 2012, which will largely decide the nation’s fate for a long time to come.
If anyone doubts the stakes for the next two years, this pithy Washington Post review of the historically awful Congress that just adjourned should make them sufficiently clear: “A Congress that was dominated by Democrats passed more landmark legislation than any since the era of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ‘Great Society.'” You don’t respond to such a Congress in any way other than determinedly working to overturn the damage it has done.
Ezra Klein, 27, once accused Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) of causing “the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people” because he refused to support ObamaCare.
Such mean-spirited rhetoric in the vein of former Congressman Alan Grayson, deserves to be followed by depression and despair. Klein’s writing repeatedly reminds us that his I.Q. to analyze the news has not kept up with his age. If Klein got it right this time, and this was a first step, then I like it, but I want to hear the announcement from Congressman John Boehner after the swearing-in on January 5th, that the fight is on, and will be fought on the battlefield of defunding and repealing, not a partial repeal and rework. The still-Democrat Senate will want to dally with the existing law, but Republican senators must strap-in for a rocky ride, hang-on and get to a microphone every chance they get. Just tell the American people what is going on behind closed doors (if Republicans are allowed behind closed doors). Give “we the people” a chance to join the battle for defunding and repealing.