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Politico Sobs: Tea Party Knocked GOP Off Message

From the Politico:

GOP goes off-message on Obamacare

By DAVID NATHER | October 1, 2013

The Obamacare train wreck happened Tuesday — and Republicans were chasing a different train. By walking into a government shutdown that’s dominating the news coverage, some Republicans are realizing they blew their chance to shine a spotlight on all the website crashes and breakdowns that plagued the first day of Obamacare signup.

Gosh, the Republicans are stupid. Everyone knows the government shutdown doesn’t have anything to do with Obama-Care. And its terrible roll-out doesn’t make the Republicans’ case for pushing to change it, even if it causes a government shutdown any stronger. Nope.

President Barack Obama said it was all because the volume of customers was higher than the administration ever expected — and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told MSNBC that it was “sort of a great problem to have.” And the reality is, if the glitches get sorted out in the next few days, they may not have a lasting impact on the public’s perception of Obamacare at all…

But the Republicans missed a great ‘optic.’ And that’s all that matters.

But even if the technical difficulties turn out to be proof of how popular Obamacare is, the reality is that the administration looked unprepared for an opening day that it has known about for three and a half years.

So what have the Republicans been talking about all day? The government shutdown.

And unless the Republicans go on every channel and only discuss this, no one will notice that the Obama-Care rollout was a mess. And again, the Politico doesn’t seem to think the shutdown had anything to do with the problems of Obama-Care, or its unpopularity with most of the country.

Thanks to the drama of that political stalemate, as well as the bitter volleys between Obama and GOP leaders, there’s really no way any other story could have dominated the news coverage Tuesday. There were also lots of stories about the Obamacare meltdowns — but they became a sidebar, not the theme of the day.

Guess who drives ‘the theme of the day’? And guess who will never let ‘the theme of the day’ advance the Republican agenda no matter what?

Instead of using those stories to prove their point that Obamacare’s not ready for prime time, Republicans spent the day staging photo ops with GOP negotiators pretending to wait for Democrats to come to the table —

Boy, does the news media hate that photo.

[A]nd strategizing to figure out how to get themselves out of the budget mess.

The Republicans have offered up several CRs. They are not the problem.

It was a missed opportunity, some Republicans said, to get traction off of what should have been the easiest news cycle in the world for them. And there is bitter irony that a shutdown aimed at derailing Obamacare took attention from what may have been a realistic motivator for Republicans to build support for … derailing Obamacare.

“The shutdown has completely gotten in the way of the message of Obamacare not working,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, a Capitol Hill veteran…

It’s weird. The Republicans have so many self-described ‘strategists,’ and so little strategy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico Sobs: Tea Party Knocked GOP Off Message”

  1. canary says:

    heh heh. I listened to Harry Reid blame it first on the Tea Party and wondered how the heck he came up with that. And it was done to humiliate Obama. I can only think it was to show aside Obama dramatic radio announcement of aliens attacking the earth, people will see that the sky didn’t fall.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    That’s enough internet for me today …

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