I had to listen to his opening today to hear the spinmeister in chief explain how this is great news for the GOP. His favored posture is gloating but today he has nothing to gloat about.
So how does he open? He starts by talking about bad job numbers this morning. The economy is awful he tells us. Actually there is some improvement as there was a report this morning that the housing market is now defintely improving so even the tired GOP tank the economy gambit is weak.
However then he belabored Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling that the ACA is legimtimate as a tax. Limbaugh played Obama telling George Stephenapolous that is isn't a tax.
'Aha!' Limabugh crows. 'He lied to us, he told us it isn't a tax and it's the biggest tax in world history.'
Whatever. The magnitude of the Right wing defeat is underscored by the weakness of Rush' pitch. That it's a tax was the Chief Justice's ruling. Rush ascribed some nefarious desire on Roberts' part to declare it constitutional no matter what but that's just noise. He seems to forget that this is Bush's man.
It's his legal opinion, though the four liberals also upheld the law on the basis of the Commerce Clause. So they are legal opinions. That Obama had a different legal interpretation than Roberts is no scandal.
Then he went on to claim that this takes an issue from Obama and gives on to the GOP. Ok, great. Your welcome we don't want it.
He also mentions that the Republican Governor's Association has vowed to do nothing about ACA until the election. Way to wield a big stick-that was already a given anyway and the law doesn't come into effect until 2014.
Rush finally latched on to the fact that states can opt out of the Medicaid requirement and not lose all their money. Some states may opt out first, it's true. However, precedent has been set. Social Security at first had a much narrower scope than the ACA already has. In time it becamse universal.
Compared to what could have happened this is a grand slam. That this is the best Rush can do shows you the magnitude of their defeat.
He's trying though. He thinks this is a gift for the campaign. Again, you're welcome. I'd rather have this than flagging the SJC in the campaign. So let him think that this gives him a campaign advantage. Like it or not-Obamacare is now the recognized law of the land. Learn it, live it, love it.
It is true though that the GOP is going to try to spin this as the glass half full. They do have some strategies. More on this in the next post.