Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), via his echo chamber, insists that his way is the best route to Obamacare repeal. But since his route is impossible, I thought it might help to identify 10 things that would be more productive than talking all night, then voting to proceed, then voting against cloture and then doing goodness knows what when it comes to the final continuing resolution draft. Here they are:
1. Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project spending their money attacking Dems who voted for Obamacare instead of Republicans who voted against it. I am sure Senate candidates such as Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would prefer voters know that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) was the 60th vote for Obamacare than know which procedural votes which Republicans took.
2. Finding a 2016 GOP presidential candidate who can win Ohio.
3. The House, on the next legislative round, including in the continuing resolution either a delay of the individual mandate or repeal of the congressional exemption.
4. Start making ads with real people adversely affected by Obamacare (e.g. lost spousal coverage, huge rate increases).
5. Passing an Obamacare alternative in the House.
6. Senate Republicans talking for 21 hours about why that is better than Obamacare.
7. Putting governors, not senators, on Sunday shows and other media venues.
8. Every Republican Senate candidate challenging his opponent to a one-hour debate on Obamacare.
9. Inviting the president to another health-care summit to talk about how Obamacare works in practice. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would do the talking for the Republicans.
10. Keeping stats in all 50 states, including the number of people losing health care coverage, the number of people laid off, the number of people who experienced a rate hike, the number of jobs converted to part-time, etc.
Any of these (and certainly all of these) would be more productive than turning up the volume on the right-wing echo chamber and attacking fellow Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare. If nothing else, these actions would educate the public (more so than reading Green Eggs and Ham and calling Republicans Nazi appeasers) and put the issue front and center in 2014. It might even project an air of competence, making the case the GOP can govern effectively.