Funny, but proponents don’t seem to be relying on the law’s own supposed strengths, anymore.
Kevin Drum writes that “Republicans will be relentlessly exploiting Obamacare’s rollout problems during next year’s midterm elections.”
If these rollout problems weren’t likely to be real problems, the left wouldn’t be so concerned about politics.
Via Democrats Better Start Selling Obamacare Soon @ Mother Jones.
That’s the stuff:
Joseph Wendt, 2012 candidate for Florida’s Soil and Water Conservation Board, netted the largest Libertarian Party vote total in his state, and one of the largest in the nation, running on a platform to defund and abolish the board he was campaigning to join.
“I am going to be blunt, the board is a waste of your tax dollars,” Wendt wrote on his campaign website. “It has a budget of about a quarter of a million dollars. What do they do with it? They fund a poster contest, and have 2 full-time employees that act like plumbers and doesn’t fix anything. Gee, call me crazy, but I think your tax dollars should and can be better spent. So, I want the County to stop funding the Board.”
He realized that it would take more than that to keep taxpayer funds safe, though, and made the next logical step a centerpiece of his campaign.
Via Florida Libertarian Joseph Wendt netted 43% of vote on platform to abolish his office | Libertarian Party.
Can’t say the Affordable Care Act helped no one: public relations firm of Weber Shandwick will clean up.
Via The Hill.
Guess not. Time for another excuse to restrict speech rights:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5.2 million in March, beating its Republican counterpart by $2 million.
And yet they wonder why they keep losing elections:
“To say that you want to jettison social conservatives in order to get an emerging demographic of young people is like saying, ‘Well, we lost a close game, so let’s bench our quarterback, who was the most valuable player and gained the most yards,’ ” says Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Besides, Land says, he believes young people won’t hold their libertarian views for long.
“I would say that these young voters’ frontal lobes aren’t fully developed yet,” he says. “That’s why they have parents and that’s why they have their elders.”
Via Will The Future GOP Be More Libertarian? : It’s All Politics : NPR.
Inexorable. This is how the Drug War ends:
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A national survey finds that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not.
Support for legalizing marijuana has risen 11 points since 2010. The change is even more dramatic since the late 1960s. A 1969 Gallup survey found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use, while 84% were opposed.
Via Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Former press secretary as a lying shill for the Drone War.
See, United Liberty.
True, but there’s little chance the party will follow his advice:
In retrospect, last year’s Republican primary process was entirely disconnected from the actual needs of the party. One candidate pledged to build a 20-foot-high electrical fence at the border crowned with the sign, in English and Spanish, “It will kill you — Warning.” Another promised, as president, to speak out against the damage done to American society by contraception. Another warned that vaccinations may cause “mental retardation.” In the course of 20 debates and in tens of millions of dollars of ads, issues such as upward mobility, education, poverty, safer communities and the environment were rarely mentioned.
A Republican recovery in presidential politics will depend on two factors. First, candidates will need to do more than rebrand existing policy approaches or translate them into Spanish. Some serious rethinking is necessary, particularly on economic matters. In our Commentary essay, we raise ideas such as ending corporate welfare, breaking up the mega-banks, improving the treatment of families in the tax code, and encouraging economic mobility through education reform and improved job training.
See, Michael Gerson: Republican Party needs a shakeup – The Washington Post.
2012 LP presidential candidate extends an invitation:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 6 p.m. PST.
Be there or be square.