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McConnell Says Republicans Will Try to Repeal Obamacare Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Considering everything he has said over the past three days, one might get the impression that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to see Democrats retake of the House of Representatives.

McConnell recently said it's unlikely that we'll be able to reduce the federal deficit with one political party controlling the entire government (that would be his party) and now he says they'll try to repeal Obamacare again if they win enough seats.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal the healthcare law a “disappointment.” [...]

He said, “If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks... We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”

This is an admittedly wild theory, but look: if I were Mitch McConnell and I were considering the possibility that I'd have to deal with Jim Jordan next year, I might be secretly hoping that Nancy Pelosi is the next Speaker.

McConnell and Paul Ryan are cut from the same cloth, but the next generation of Republican leaders are different. Mitch McConnell is a shameless liar and he doesn't care if you know it because all that truly matters is power, but Jim Jordan and the Freedom Caucus are true believers. They believe all of their own bullshit.

A government run by Trump and the Freedom Caucus would be a fucking disaster. I mean, what we have right now is bad, but I'm sure that would be much worse.

If Mitch McConnell doesn't like government shutdowns, it may be in his best interest if Democrats control the House next year.

  • Christopher Foxx

    one might get the impression that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would like to see Democrats retake of the House of Representatives.

    Oh, clearly he would. He wants the Dems back in power so they can then fix all the Republican-caused problems while the Republicans complain about what the Democrats are doing. He all but flat out said so. They need the Dems in power so that can claim the Dems share the blame.

    • Scopedog

      “They need the Dems in power so that can claim the Dems share the blame.”

      This. Plus they also know that some in the media and on the idiot Left will also pin 100% of the blame on the Democrats. Because, you know, both sides.

      • Christopher Foxx

        will also pin 100% of the blame on the Democrats. Because, you know, both sides

        Yup, that’s exactly how they’ll play it . “Both sides are the same” and “100% Democrat’s fault.” with no recognition at all of the inherent (not to mention mathematical) ridiculousness in what they’re saying.

  • mnpollio

    It is not that he wants Dems to win – I think he is confident of several things and believes nothing will stop them. 1) The combination of gerrymandering and voter suppression will keep the Dems from reaching a majority in either the House or the Senate, 2) Russian interference will throw more votes their way, and 3) that the American people are so incredibly stupid and lazy that they either will not turn out for the midterms to vote the Dems in or they will once again vote against their self-interest and keep the Repubs in. And I am not certain whether he is wrong on any these suppositions.

  • muselet

    Mitch McConnell may be an unprincipled bastard, but he knows how to read polling data.

    The Rs are unlikely to lose the Senate (it’s not unimaginable, but the stars would have to align just so). The Rs are likely but not guaranteed to lose the House (think of polling and FiveThirtyEight’s analyses thereof as the work product of Las Vegas bookmakers: no bookie ever to draw breath has ever given an underdog zero percent chance of prevailing because sometimes underdogs win). McConnell feels safe in stirring up The Base without much danger of having to follow up in any concrete way.

    When one’s goal is simply to gain and keep power, and not to govern, life is much less demanding.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    This is more evidence that the right knows they are cheating the system to get and maintain power. Unless the left wins back power, real power, then of course we can look forward to more wholesale destruction of American democracy.

    • Christopher Foxx

      This is more evidence that the right knows they are cheating the system to get and maintain power.”

      Ya think???

      I never cease to be amaze at how people on the left are hesitant to point to a snake and just declare: That’s a snake. Why is stating conclusions flat out so hard for the left? (I’m not referring to the far left which is scary in their eagerness to state ridiculous absolutes, but the the reasonable moderate-left range of the spectrum which seems terrified of offending.)

      “‘There is more evidence’ that perhaps might lead you to suspect these people maybe don’t have the best interests of the country at heart” -type things have got to go.

      “The right knows they are cheating the system to get and maintain power.” Boom. Done.

  • Badgerite

    They can’t govern. All they do is break things.

    • Scopedog

      Yep. That’s been the case for nearly forty fucking years…

      …And yet, the media and the idiot Left STILL keep muttering about how both parties are the same.