Last Thursday in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling, CNN’s court conservative critic David Frum reassured his audience that repeal of the unpopular law “is a fantasy.” Frum himself fantasizes about Republican legislators’ “town halls filled with outraged senior citizens whose benefits are threatened”.
Um, David, senior citizens overwhelmingly oppose the law.
In the New Yorker, Ryan Lizza attempts to explain why Mitt Romney won’t repeal Obamacare, not believing the Republican “believe he will actually be able to overturn the law.” Guess both men want to reassure their followers that once Congress enacts a policy expanding government, that expansion is here to stay.
They neglect one important fact: never before in U.S. history has the U.S. House voted to repeal such significant legislation within a year of its passage. The law remains unpopular.
Not just that. Given the surge in Republican fundraising since the Supreme Court handed down its decision, Republicans know how much this issue motivates their base. Mitt Romney must understand that he can’t afford to offend his base early in his term.
Indeed, the campaign demonstrated as much with the release earlier today of this graphic: