The L.A. Times reports: GOP in a bind over healthcare repeal vote.
The deck headline: “House Republican leaders are eager to fulfill their promise to vote to repeal the legislation, but taking up the divisive issue could hurt the party at a time of calls for rejecting partisan rhetoric.”
As lawmakers promise a new era of comity after the Arizona shooting attack that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in critical condition, Republican leaders grappled with how and when to return to an issue that brought political discourse to a boiling point.
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Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.) called [a GOP approach to push the repeal] a mistake. “I think good judgment would say, let’s extend this period of healing before the House returns to something as divisive as healthcare,” he said.
Because, what with Giffords’ shooting being motivated by partisan right-wing rhetoric, it’s only right.
Oh, I’m sorry: I got the mantra wrong. We don’t know what motivated Loughner, but nevertheless, it is a good time to discuss the awful rhetoric that the GOP is using to poison the discourse.
Never mind that the “calls for rejecting partisan rhetoric” are based on a huge steaming pile of lies. This is the New Reality. They have repeated it again and again and you will fall in line.
They will tell you what to say. They will tell you when to say it. They will tell you what bills you are allowed to bring.
In the meantime, I ask you (very calmly) to shut up, so you can stop inciting murders the way you have been.
By the way, both Pat Dollard and one of my commenters contacted the reporter on that rotten and Godawful L.A. Times piece claiming that Loughner’s views were “rooted in the far right.” The reporter told them that she hated the headline and asked them to change it. Sure enough, it has now been changed:
Experts see echoes of extremism in Loughner’s ramblings
Experts say the suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage is fixated on issues cited by other extremists. But he also appears to have been influenced by the far left.
The story is still crap, but that’s less of a blatant lie than the original. Progress! Sort of.
Now if we can just get them to allow us to discuss health care repeal, and call ObamaCare what it really is (dangerous), and so forth.
I think if we wait until the time is right, and ask nicely, they may just let us do it.
Or, we could just say: we’ll call this bill what it is, and we’ll seek to repeal it immediately. Take your calls for civility and shove them.
Me, I’m kinda sorta done being nice with the people who have spent the past five days calmly accusing conservatives of responsibility for the murder of a nine year-old.
This debate will be “divisive”?
Great. Let’s have it NOW.