Nullification Doctrine 2.0

Jim DeMint, who fittingly occupied John C. Calhoun’s old Senate seat before he decamped for a wingnut welfare gig at Heritage, published a screed in the WSJ today that was two parts “la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you” and one part argument for a modern twist on nullification.

The editorial, entitled “We Won’t Back Down on ObamaCare,” serves notice that the teaturd lemmings in Congress will continue to try to overthrow a law that was duly debated, legislated and upheld by the highest court in the land plus a national election. DeMint gives three reasons why the gallant cause to combat Northern aggression ObamaCare must continue:

The first is that ObamaCare was not the central fight in 2012, much to the disappointment of conservatives. Republicans hoped that negative economic news would sweep them to victory, and exit polls confirmed that the economy, not health care, was the top issue. The best thing is to declare last year’s election a mistrial on ObamaCare.

A “mistrial”—are you fucking kidding me? We don’t need to consult a “word cloud” of Republican talking points for the 2012 election to know “ObamaCare” would show up in a big fat font. It was a major issue by any rational measure, and even if it weren’t, exit polls aren’t a sane basis to nullify laws. There was an election. The GOP lost.

Second, the lives of most Americans are not dominated by the electoral cycle. They shouldn’t have to wait three more years for Congress to give them relief from this law, especially when the president has so frequently given waivers to his friends. Full legislative repeal may not be possible while President Obama remains in office, but delaying implementation by withholding funds from a law that is proven to be unfair, unworkable and unaffordable is a reasonable and necessary fight.

Take it up with the Founders, Jimbo. And you had your shot in the last election cycle. You lost.

There’s a third reason not to stop fighting. Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics. If the Republicans had not fought on ObamaCare, the compromise would have been over the budget sequester. Instead, they have retained the sequester and for the past three months ObamaCare and its failings have been front and center in the national debate. Its disastrous launch was spotlighted by our defund struggle, not overshadowed, as some contend. With a revived and engaged electorate, ObamaCare will now be the issue for the next few years.

No, what’s been front and center is the irresponsible and reckless behavior of the GOP—so much so that it’s overshadowed the glitchy healthcare exchange rollout. Only someone who is irrevocably divorced from reality could claim that Cruz & Co.’s disastrous nullification attempt was a win for the GOP. And make no mistake, fellow citizens, that’s what we’re dealing with here: people who are completely unmoored from facts. The kicker:

These are the reasons we fought so hard to get Washington to listen to the American people and take action to stop ObamaCare, and it is why so many are thankful for the courageous leadership of people like Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and conservatives in the House of Representatives. The law is economically unstable, financially irresponsible and harmful to hardworking Americans.

No, the Republicans are fomenting economic instability, behaving in a financially irresponsible manner and doing measurable harm to hardworking Americans. It’s been laid bare for all to see, and the American people reject DeMint’s Calhoun Doctrine 2.0 by huge margins.

When he was still a senator instead of a wingnut welfare queen, DeMint famously predicted that healthcare reform would be Obama’s Waterloo. But it’s looking more like the GOP’s Appomattox.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/18/13 at 10:47 AM • Permalink

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DeMint is just another disgruntled pol who thought he ought to be a contender.  Now that he’s Wing Commander of Heritage, he can teach his old, unappreciative buddies in the Senate that paybacks truly are a bitch.

I do believe the old definition of doing the same thing over & over again & expecting a different result applies here. Those people are all “Cuckoo for CocoaPuffs!

Let’s hope they keep doing the same thing, the more they do, the more they expose their heartless nutbaggery to the general public.

But it’s looking more like the GOP’s Appomattox.

I for one will not be satisfied until it is their freaking Hiroshima.

Let’s see; 3 years from now and Obamacare is helping millions of people, kids can stay on their parent’s insurance, no lifetime cap, etc, etc., and people LIKE these things.  Will DeMint and his fellow teabaggedly demented reactionaries still campaign hard for repeal/replace?  Will they go down with the unpopular reactionary ship, or will they change their stripes? 

I used to figure these guys would change to whatever was most expedient, but I’m not so sure any longer.  The degree of crazy in their eyes and how well they’ve trained their base on this one makes me think they’ll go down with the ship.  And we get to watch!

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