I have a theory. I get these every now and then. I have a knack for it.
I figured out the supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul were planning on stealing the Republican nomination for their lovable loser months in advance of the Republican National Convention floor vote where the nomination is actually decided--before the Iowa Caucuses, in fact! All based on their rhetoric.
The media didn't actually pick up on this until the Convention itself. Or they weren't talking about it. Although I can't understand why they wouldn't spice up their coverage by discussing the lovable losers' strategy.
I further hypothesized that these largely Libertarians (Capital-L variety), operating within the GOP, were actually just acting like Republicans in order to take over, which they knew they could not accomplish, so just to make Republicans look bad. This took a little bit of logic added to strategic analysis. They can't actually accomplish 'A,' so they must be trying to actually accomplish 'B.'
They really don't like me for talking about this! Mostly because it underscores the fruitlessness of their initial goal and highlights their lovable loser-ability, I think.
Well, then there's the whole mess surrounding my revelation that "Republicans in Congress don't, didn't and won't ever oppose Obamacare--they actually support the Affordable Care Act!" That is discussed elsewhere. Same sort of analysis. Of course, it helps that U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions practically told me so in public at his April 2010 Town Hall meeting following the ACA's being signed into law.
Now, the Congressman didn't actually say so in so many words. That's not how politics works. And that is why a whole bunch of people are going to slurk back into their small-minded existence as ostrich's, sticking their head back in the sand and calling me a whole litany of names before doing so.
Because what I am saying is so far beyond their analytical abilities that it is more comfortable to breath sand from underground than to think for three seconds. That's fine--I'm used to it by now.
But this realization some 3 1/2 years ago led me to another realization. While I was busy pointing out how bad Rep. Sessions had been until that point during my 2009-2010 campaign to replace him, he was, behind closed doors, engineering his fait accompli--supporting Obamacare while 'opposing' Obamacare! Why, the Tea Party didn't even know what hit them. I didn't either--I was too distracted by his history to worry about his then-present activities. Oops! My apologies.
Walk back with me to the era between Obama's Innauguration in January 2009 and Republicans retaking control of the U.S. House in January 2010. Sessions was the ranking Republican on the Rules Committee, which controls which legislation goes to what Committee and on to the full House when. Now, this assumes for a moment that one of our elected officials is capable of dastardly, despicable actions rife with deception and foul of intent. I know that's difficult for some to comprehend, which will probably get me called bad names. I'll be OK.
So here comes Obamacare. Democrats fought and fought and fought for passage all through 2009--remember? I remember thinking at one point (I wish I had notated when I thought this), "What in the world are they waiting on?"
Sen. Ted Kennedy died and was replaced by Republican Scott Brown. Some other seats were vacated and filled and the Senate vote count bounced around a little here and there. But the legislation that nobody knew what was in it never came to the full House or Senate for an actual up-or-down vote.
The New Year came and went.
The Texas Republican Primary on Texas Independence Day came and went on March 2, 2010. And upon my being vanquished, I hypothesize, now Rep. Sessions was free to release the ACA for passage. I do remember thinking, "Wow, that sure went quickly!" once the legislation actually went to the full House and Senate.
On March 2nd, Sessions dispatched his challenger back home. And on March 23rd, Democrats celebrated with the President signing his signature legislation into law. And not once did the Congressman have to answer to the fact that he had been complicit to the legislation being delayed so he didn't have to answer questions that still had not arisen about his support for ACA!
Despicable. Ain't it? Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd--eat your hearts out.
Fast forward to today. U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions has another challenger in the Texas Republican Primary. And I think it's high time that he answer for not only all of those things I campaigned on a few years ago. Not only on his divorce and rumored affairs that brought his 28-year marriage to an end.
It is high time that Rep. Sessions admit he supports Obamacare. His corporate buddies wanted it. And he did his little part to ensure it's passage.
From purely a strategic and tactical perspective, I admire this move. It was very impressive in hindsight.
And I'm sure that Dallas Tea Party leader Katrina Pierson and her minions will be interested in hearing the Congressman address the issues as well.
Many happy returns, Ms. Pierson! Au revoir, Congressman! This should be very interesting!