Democrats Are No Shows at Republican Obamacare Stunt

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RNC Chairman Priebus

After Democratic National Communications Director Mo Elleithee proclaimed last week that the Democrats are “eager and proud” to run on Obamacare in 2014, the Republicans tried an experiment.

On Thursday morning, the Republican National Committee invited 10 Democratic Senators and 30 Democratic Congressmen to their office a few blocks from the Capitol for a press conference to explain why they are “eager and proud” to defend a policy which is deeply unpopular. Like betting on the outcome of yesterday’s game, the results were preordained. Party chair Reince Priebus read from his short script, ripping into the straw man. “It looks like it’s just me this morning so despite what the DNC says,” Priebus began, “It looks like any Democrat in a serious reelection fight is neither eager nor proud to run on Obamacare.”

“Yes, we will tattoo Obamacare on each of their foreheads,” Priebus later added to the five cameras and 20 blue chairs filled with journalists and staff.

Priebus’ staff had printed off sheets of computer paper with the names of some Democratic Senators in competitive states, including Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to Scotch tape on the back of presumably empty chairs.

“Given that polls show more people believe in Big Foot than approve of the GOP and the fact that the RNC’s last two big pushes were to unveil an Autopsy Report that failed within days, and a Stand with Cruz campaign egging on the GOP shutdown that cost the country $24 billion, you’ll have to excuse us if we choose not to take public relations advice from Reince Priebus and the RNC,” wrote Michael Czin, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee.

When a reporter asked Priebus what Republicans would do to replace Obamacare, Priebus mentioned a few options including tackling junk lawsuits and introducing open pricing (requiring doctors and hospitals to post prices of their services). “I’m not the policy guy,” he said. “You know that.”

22 comments
ScottSomerville
ScottSomerville

The GOP missed the memo. "Proud to run on Obamacare" is SO last October. This month the meme is "Proud to run on the Affordable Care Act."

AsokSmith
AsokSmith

Stunt? If Obama had done something like this, if would have been described by the KommieMedia as "brilliant and devastating political theater".

sacredh
sacredh

I can't imagine why the democrats didn't play along with the bagger's dog and pony show.When the site is fixed and things are running smoothly, maybe the baggers will come to OUR dog and pony show. The GOP and their silly stunts.

BPnyc
BPnyc

It appears Joe Biden is eager to help the republicans. According to a report this morning, the vice president told a group of seniors that Obama doesn't lie because "he's an articulate and clean African American." You go, Joe! http://goo.gl/9nwNgC

paulejb
paulejb

Democrats are no shows at any event that doesn't involve campaign cash.

paulejb
paulejb

"Eager and proud?" Than why are Senate Democrats fleeing ObamaCare as if it were the plague?

paulejb
paulejb

It won't be long before Democrat politicians will be in the Witness Protection program.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

He's not the policy guy. This shameless lickspittle can go play in traffic.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

The Republican alternative is Romneycare, er, Obamacare,.  All they can come up with now is tort reform which in Texas did nothing to reduce malpractice costs and thus no impact on medical costs at the same time they were protecting bad doctors from state law suits which just allows more medical costs because of the need to fix the damage done by bad doctors but forcing the patients into federal courts.

WilliamThrelfall
WilliamThrelfall

What the hell is this? A government? Or a highschool? The republicans seem so willing to play these parliamentary games with your taxpayer dollars, America. If you can convince your government to work together to do something useful, rather than stalemate at every turn, the country would see some better progress. 

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

The GOP are good at political posturing and stunts having fought the ACA from the beginning, blocked funding that would have helped the website roll-out, and 38 mostly red states, who always claim that states can do better on healthcare but failed to set up exchanges putting the burden on the fed and 25 red states have refused to allow their poorest to sign on to Medicaid though it would be paid for by the fed through 2016 and states only pay 10% afterwards while covering five million of our neediest people who will likely show up at taxpayer expense at ERs anyway.

These are the same party that senseless voted 46 times in the House wasting millions of taxpayers money to repeal, kill, or delay to kill later and even shut down the fed at a $24 billion loss. Can anybody name a bill the GOP have passed that helped America instead of their 430+ blocked bills, blocked appointments, unprecedented use of the 60-vote super majority filibuster taht has cost over three million jobs while cutting GDP growth by 2% or more.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Had I been an invited Democratic Rep, I would have gladly accepted the invitation with one caveat- rather than solely defend Obamacare, I would be happy to debate the merits of Obamacare vs the Republican alternative. Considering there IS no Republican alternative, I'd just get my free lunch and go back to the Hill. 

bobcn
bobcn

@BPnyc

"According to a report..."

Here we have another dimwit quoting "The Daily Rash".  

Is BPnyc stupid, gullible, or just sleazy?  Or all three?

ScottSomerville
ScottSomerville

@ARTRaveler RomneyCare is to ObamaCare as the invasion of Kuwait was to the invasion of Iraq. As in:

(a) Successful;
(b) Limited in scope;
(c) Supported by a bipartisan coalition; and
(d) Based on facts, not fiction

reallife
reallife

ThomasHall "blocked funding that would have helped the website roll-out"

you mean that 600 billion and 3 years wasnt enough?

LOL

reallife
reallife

@barneydidit the alternative is NO Obamacare - how about that? that's a winning issue in 2014

LOL


ZanyRoberts
ZanyRoberts

@ScottSomerville @ARTRaveler ObamaCare is RomneyCare on a larger scale.

With one crucial difference of course. 

Instead of bipartisan support, ObamaCare enjoys con sabotage :D

ZanyRoberts
ZanyRoberts

@reallife 600 billion.  Talk about LOL.

Why do cons need lies to try to win arguments?