Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blame of Groans

Shorter Jonah Goldberg, "Excuse me? GOP to blame for Obamacare?", USA Today, August 5, 2013, and reprinted as "The Obamacare Blame Game" in NRO, August 8, because recycling's fine when the Market does it:
Where do they get off blaming Republicans for Obamacare's problems?
We only tried to destroy it, for heaven's sake! Not like we succeeded!
Bildungblog (February 2007) claimed to have spotted Goldberg as Lord Harkonnen in the film version of Dune.
No, really.
The Affordable Care Act — aka ObamaCare — is off to a very rocky start, and according to the law's biggest defenders, the blame falls squarely at the feet of Republicans.
(No links in the NRO version,  because hypertext is a secular humanist conspiracy to make you read something icky.)

The law's biggest defenders according to Jonah are the folks at ThinkProgress, who in fact blame Republicans not for a rocky start (since it hasn't started yet, for one thing) but for a "media narrative" about it, but let that pass.
...the fact that activists won't give up may be annoying to supporters of the law, but just talk to any one of them and they'll be the first to tell you that so far they've failed utterly. Similarly, asking the NFL to stay out of a bitter political controversy may be unseemly, but such actions haven't done anything to stop ObamaCare.
Well, then. It's not like attempted murder is some kind of crime, right?

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