File to Repeal Obamacare, Or the Voters May Repeal You
There’s Romne-mania and the return of proposed tax hikes in today’s Morning Jolt, but also a surprise endorsement for an Obamacare repeal – sort of:
Missouri Democrat AG Opposes Obamacare
The New York Times gently breaks the news to its readers that Obamacare remains potentially politically lethal to Democrats in those states they usually dismiss as flyover country: “Missouri’s Democratic attorney general broke with his party on Monday and urged a federal judge to invalidate the central provision of the new health care law. The filing of the brief by Attorney General Chris Koster, a onetime Republican state legislator who switched to the Democratic Party in 2007, underscores the act’s political tenuousness in a critical Midwestern swing state. Mr. Koster’s action followed months of pressure from state Republicans that he join attorneys general from other states who are challenging the constitutionality of the law.”
Moe Lane finds Koster’s argument to be fascinating reading: “Do read the brief, as it represents the Democratic party’s somewhat frantic desire to resolve the problem that they’re having with Obamacare right now. To wit: the individual mandate is clearly unconstitutional, given that it requires people to engage in commerce, whether they want to or not. Unfortunately, the same Geniuses From Beyond Space And Time that put that provision into Obamacare also neglected – willfully – a provision that explicitly stated that the various parts of Obamacare are severable from each other; so if the individual mandate goes it’s well within the court’s purview to declare the whole thing unconstitutional as well. That would be… problematical for Democrats, given that they wasted a year on Obamacare in the first place.”
“You don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind’s blowing,” chuckles Glenn Reynolds.
The Ace of Spades welcomes him to the party: “He then goes on to argue that while the mandate should be repealed, the rest of the monstrosity should remain on the books. He also didn’t even join the lawsuit as a party — but only wrote a brief as a friend of the court. Oh, well. I wasn’t really thinking he was an ally… This particular guy is just pretending to be on board with this because Missouri’s voters voted 3-to-1 to repeal the law, so he offers up this shuck and jive. Not to actually repeal ObamaCare. Just to save his own [tush]. Remember, pal: There is no “I” in Repeal.”
ADDENDA: Chris Matthews claims that Paul Ryan’s budget plan would kill half his audience. Jim Treacher wonders how the other 12 people would fare.