If Republicans can pull this off, then they can (maybe) keep the House and (just maybe) take the Senate. Then, with a clear mandate from the people, they can have their way with Obamacare. Theoretically, they could repeal — or use their strength in numbers to improve it and also move forward on entitlements and tax reform in ways that most sensible Americans would support.
Storming the barricades may be fine at times, but it's helpful to also have a plan. Remember the day after shock and awe? Now what? This is essentially where the GOP finds itself today. It shut down the government — and now what? It tried to defund the un-defundable (Obamacare was already funded), and now people are gravitating toward the train wreck. The GOP's delaying tactic, though justifiable, came too late in the game. Finally, Republicans failed to capitalize on Obamacare's own embarrassing launch.
Painful though it may be to witness, it may be time for Sonny to take a drive through the toll plaza. Maybe he could give Ted bin Laden a lift.
(That's a metaphor, too.)
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