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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Inside The Borg

Rick Perlstein is the pre-eminent historian of the modern American Right.

He is fundamentally right about where it's coming from, how it operates and how it succeeds.

The current meltdown over ACA is caused by the nullification of the law by Rightist governors.  Obviously not entirely, but the website has to handle more traffic with more variable because state governors didn't set up exchanges.  One of the real successes early on has been Medicaid enrollment, but that isn't happening in states where the governor - with an assist from the Roberts Court - has stopped the Medicaid expansion.  The GOP is hellbent on neutering this law, and that is having an effect.

Politically, the Right is winning right now.

What they are not doing is offering a governing solution that addresses our health care deficiencies.  What they are not doing is offering a roadmap out of sequestration.  What they are not doing is solving our immigration quandary.

It's a fairly long read (try reading Nixonland), but Perlstein lays out that the animus against Obama is nothing new.

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