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GOP bumbling gives Obamacare some pr help


Obamacare has unexpected boosters: the politicians who hate Obamacare.

The more Washington Republicans have fought the unpopular Affordable Care Act, the more popular it has paradoxically become, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll last week.

The partial government shutdown — precipitated by the GOP over Obamacare — and the DC brinksmanship over the nation’s debt limit has started to damage Republicans much more than Democrats.

The Republican Party’s approval ratings now stand at historic lows, according to Gallup and the Journal/NBC polls.

“That is an ideological boomerang,” Bill McInturff, a GOP pollster who helped conduct the Journal/NBC survey with a Democratic pollster, told NBC.

“As the debate has been going on, if there is a break, there is a break against the Republican position.”

What’s more, by precipitating a partial government shutdown, opponents have given the Affordable Care Act even more precious public-relations help, drowning out major news coverage of the utter failure of Obamacare’s website.

But those stories and columns can’t compete with the volume of coverage over the effects of the shutdown and the failed Washington talks that surround it.

Because of the shutdown, Upper Keys fishermen can’t guide in much of Florida Bay, which is property of the closed Everglades National Park. Military death benefits were initially threatened along with the Head Start early-education program, Meals on Wheels and the nutrition program for poor women and kids called WIC.

Then there are the annoying effects of the shutdown: federal government websites that are essentially closed to anyone seeking basic government data.

That, too, could perversely give Obamacare a measure of p.r. cover. The Obamacare sign-up website has been a failure since it opened Oct. 1. But on that day, the shutdown began. It won’t be difficult for many people to surmise that a partial-government shutdown has broken Obamacare’s website — even though it’s not true.

So Washington Republicans will get the blame for ruining one part of Obamacare for which they have little culpability.

Column here

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/13/3688000/marc-caputo-gop-gives-obamacare.html#storylink=cpy


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Reagan’s Infamous Neshoba County Fair Speech and The Republicans’ Southern Strategy
It was long after Reagan left office that I heard about Reagan’s infamous speech at the Neshoba County Fair, right outside Philadelphia, Mississippi where three civil rights workers—James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner--had been slain in 1964. Reagan used this historic area to send a coded message to Southern racist. Reagan told the crowd that he was in favor of “state rights” and that as president he would "restore to states and local governments the power that belongs to them." Reagan shared the stage with John Bell Williams, a notorious segregationist and then-Representative Trent Lott who applauded Strom Thurmond's 1948 Dixiecrat campaign.

Reagan only came to the Neshoba County Fair after Mississippi's Republican national committeeman wrote his campaign to advise that it would be a good place to reach out to "George Wallace-inclined voters.” Reagan’s 1980 campaign manager, Lee Atwater acknowledged in 1981 that the strategy had been designed to appeal to "the racist side of the [George] Wallace voter" without antagonizing other Americans who might be offended by ugly Wallace-style racism. As Atwater explained, "You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Ngger, ngger, ngger.' By 1968 you can't say 'ngger'—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like 'forced busing,' 'states' rights,' and all these things that you're talking about are totally economic things and a by-product of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it... because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Ngger, ngger.'"

Ed Jenkins

As we have seen these Republicans have adopted a position that is highly supported in our state and are to be commended with trying to stop this un-American and highly offensive and destructive law. It is time for socialists such as the current White House occupant to recognize that their income redistribution schemes have resulted in nothing but miserable failure and poverty in every country they were tried and repeal their awful law.

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