Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to kill. This advice was passed on to me by my father and grandfather when they taught he how to shoot as a young kid. The reason behind this is rather simplistic, you don’t want to accidentally shoot something or someone, but there is a second part to this that people often forget about or never even realize exists. If you are pointing your weapon at something, or someone is pointing their weapon at you, the conscious intent is to shoot and kill.
It seems like common sense when we talk about guns and intent, yet often this principle of intent is ignored when the subject moves from something like gun safety to something like electoral politics.
Such is the case with the latest strategic advice offered by Guy Benson of Townhall, our sister site. Benson has laid out his strategic retreat from Obamacare repeal just weeks after the American public loaded up the double barreled shotgun of Congress with Republican majorities.
Benson lays out a hypothetical future in which I must assume our messaging has failed entirely. In this cynical future the GOP, which is perpetually scared of its own shadow, has come together and mustered enough courage to actually pass a repeal of Obamacare and a full replacement program in separate bills. Obama vetoes and the GOP then cries for mercy.
Are these heartless, nihilistic, mean-spirited Republicans really willing to actively hurt so many low-income people in order to once again demonstrate their hatred of the president? That will be their indignant narrative, and the media will go along with it. Americans who would benefit from the “fix” will be paraded in front of the cameras. Some nervous Republicans might start to peel off. The political shinola storm would be powerful. Meanwhile, pressure would ratchet up on states to implement exchanges, while the administration would cast about for ways of bypassing Congress, which they do habitually.
Guy’s solution to this Democrat media narrative is to offer up a few “fixes” to Obamacare.
Included in the package deal would be a series of alterations to the law that Republicans have been seeking for some time, that are very popular with the public, and that would ultimately serve to undermine the law. For instance, eliminating the individual mandate tax, restoring the 40-hour work week, and repealing the medical device …read more