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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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bill Kristol's Nightmare Comes True

A Tea Party You-Tube host has said he might vote for Hillary.

The reason is exactly what Kristol said back in 1993 when Hillary was trying to give us all universal single-payer health care.  If the Democrats can provide a functioning health care system is will create a real and lasting benefit that people will like and reward them for at the polls.

So fuck those people, wrote Kristol.

In the end, I bet Mr. Webb decides to vote for a Republican, but maybe not.  Maybe there are a bunch of, yeah, white, working class conservatives who really like the fact that they can afford health care.  The archetypal GOP voter is a working class white man.  Maybe a mechanic or a carpenter, who can now afford to open his own garage or work on his own, because now he can afford health insurance.

The evidence is mounting that Obamacare works better than its designers hoped (probably because those designers wisely chose to downplay its possible benefits).  Eventually that will add up to a bigger electoral issue, if the GOP can't get beyond "REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL."

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