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DeMint, Inhofe and Blunt play politics instead of listening to the voters

With the debate over healthcare reform reaching a fever pitch, do the actions of Republicans like Sen. Jim DeMint (SC), Sen. James Inhofe (OK) and Rep. Roy Blunt (MO) signify an interest in real debate or simply a singular desire to rack up political points against President Obama?  The party of “no” appears to have once again taken an issue of high importance and turned it into an opportunity for political theater with the President. 

This is a serious debate and politicians on all sides have every right to agree or disagree with the myriad of proposals in play or even the very idea of an overhaul to the healthcare system centered on the notion of universal healthcare.  But, to believe that “winning” this and walking away is somehow in the best interest of their party and country is both tone deaf and short-sided.
Sen. DeMint was the first and most notable public official to express his and many in his party’s real intentions.    
"If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo.  It will break him," said DeMint on a recent conference call.
This comment is so bizarre because of the connotation DeMint infers regarding European military history. The “Battle of Waterloo” was the military defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 at Waterloo, Belgium. This battle constituted the end of Napoleon’s reign as Emperor of France. 
According to DeMint, the President’s good faith attempt to improve the health and well being of all Americans is the same as Napoleon’s serial desire for French imperialism throughout Europe and other parts of the world.  So, I guess stopping Obama would be the equivalent of ending Napoleon’s reign of continual war on the European continent. 
Leave it to the Republicans to be so dramatic and timely at the very same moment. Also, this infamous battle witnessed the death or wounding of approximately 47,000 soldiers. DeMint equates an effort to save lives to that of a situation of incredibly violent death. Nothing like a little sensible debate based on the current lives of Americans. 
Always outspoken Sen. James Inhofe was next to chime in on the direction he hopes this healthcare fight leads his Republican Party.
“I just hope the President keeps talking about it, keeps trying to rush it through.  We can stall it.  And that’s going to be a huge gain for those of us who want to turn this thing over in the 2010 election,” said Inhofe while appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program.
Inhofe and DeMint act as if the idea of universal healthcare was some type of secret plan invoked by the President only after he was elected to office.
This concept was one of the central themes of the Mr. Obama’s campaign. He spoke about it in virtually every stump speech, debate and in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. And guess what, the voters of this country elected him to office knowing full well that this was what he intended to do. Nine states that voted for President Bush in 2004 became Obama states in 2008 knowing full well that this was his plan.
According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 59 percent of voters still approve of President Obama’s job performance, while only 36 percent approve of the Republicans in Congress. 
In an even more striking poll, voters still trust the President’s handling of healthcare reform over that of the Republicans by 20 points
Perhaps Rep. Roy Blunt (MO) best described the numerous ideas held by the GOP for answering the call from the voters to fix healthcare.
“Our bill is never going to get to the floor, so why confuse the focus,” said Blunt in response to a question from reporters.
Well, I guess that sums it up. One side wants to fix a problem so clearly held by the voters, while the other wants to continue to yell “no” or just say nothing at all.  
Sound familiar?


  • Hope 5 years ago

    When I read articles like this, it reminds me of why I don't trust the press. NOT one mention of the fact that CBO's analysis is calling this a poor plan. I am a registered Independent who tended to lean D. I would have voted for Clinton. I WAS for Kerry but I am a minority and I didn't vote this election b/c BOTH choices were hopeless due to the media! I am beginning to lean MORE & MORE to the RIGHT b/c of where this country is headed b/c of the media and it's blatent lies and reporting 'selective' truths! You r children and theirs are going to suffer so badly but you cannot see beyond your nose to spite your face! There is not an ounce of integrity in any of you in the media! Go ahead and slobber after your chosen one and best learn quickly how to look your children in the eye when you explain why you left this country worse off for them!

  • shackdweller 5 years ago

    Hope is dead right - talk about bias! I thought that it was always politics when we write about the D's and the R's - they are all the same and the media equally chooses sides to represent, sometimes recklessly. The question is " Did the voters vote with their brain or their heart?" Time will tell whether the choice that was made was the correct one and when that discovery materializes it will be too late! It's all just hogwash no matter who's political mouth it emanates from. Words mean nothing. We need an action man!

  • JRap #1 Fan 5 years ago

    Respect your opinion here Jonny, but I think your memory is awfully short (or selective). It was only a few years ago that GW tried to push a new social security plan through only to be mocked and shot down by those on the left. In that case, it was the Dems saying "no," and grandstanding. I also seem to recall quite a few fillibusters by Dems (in the minority at the time) to oppose Bush nominees. Are these not examples of "playing politics?" It works both ways - failure to recognize that is irresponsible and hypocritical.

  • John S 5 years ago

    Hello - your friendly Republican counterpart here.

    Speaking of not listening to voters, how about the overall percentage of voters who do NOT want nationalized healthcare? The current healthcare system gets an 84% approval percentage, and Democrats want to turn our system into Canada's? (On a state level, how about the entire Democratic Caucus of the State legislature ignoring the results of May 19th? Over 2/3 of the vote was against new taxes, and the lone voice in the CA Democratic Party understanding this result is State Senator Rod Wright.

    Republicans have a LONG way to go to catch up to their counterparts in not listening to voters; of course, special interest groups vote too, right?

    The fact that you can name three Republicans who are not listening to voters, in your opinion, should be a sign. If we were to do a similar