President Obama says he’s had enough of calls to get rid of Obamacare. Too bad. “Last week’s glitch-filled rollout of Obamacare’s health exchange websites, combined with Republicans’ furious refusal to accept the program as what President Obama calls ‘settled law,’ confirmed something political strategists in both parties had already predicted: The war over Obamacare is far from over.”
It’s enough to make your head spin. “Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), one of the dozens of House Republicans elected in the wave of 2010, said Saturday that the GOP’s only real chance to get their way on the healthcare law is at the ballot box in 2014…. Even Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn)…. said. ‘This is about opening up the federal government and making it work for the American people. That’s what we’re trying to do, is to get him [Obama] to resolve it.’” So we can end the shutdown, then?
It is not enough to point fingers if you are president. “I understand that the president is frustrated about Republicans’ refusals to fund Obamacare. I share his dissatisfaction. But I also believe a president is obliged by custom, law, and the U.S. Constitution to try and make the best of things. Instead, it seems his administration has tried to make matters worse.”
He has enough time to spout off on this since he isn’t spending time talking to Congress, working on the debt or trying to end the shutdown. “President Barack Obama, already embroiled in a battle over a government shutdown, jumped into another dispute on Saturday — a long-running fight over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Obama said that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name, which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist.” Sigh.
These guys may be the only ones who haven’t had enough of the shutdown. “Government Shutdown: America May Be Losing, But Cable News is ‘Winning.’”
It’s not enough to have legislation; it actually has to work. “Maryland’s Web site stumbled badly. People couldn’t log on, forcing state officials to delay the opening of the exchange for four hours. Even after it opened, many frustrated users were unable to create accounts, the first step in buying coverage. All told, fewer than 100 people have managed to enroll.”
I imagine voters will have had quite enough of Washington lawmakers after this is over. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is well aware of this: “When we watch the
craziness that’s going on as we speak in Washington, D.C., and the lack of
leadership and the failure of the people who are supposed to be running our
government – it’s a fundamental failure you know when you’re charged with
running the government, to close it. That’s not in the job description. I can
guarantee you that.”
The Pentagon has sure had enough. “The Pentagon will recall almost all of its 350,000 furloughed civilian workers in the coming days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday, in a move that could substantially ease the impact of the government shutdown on the federal workforce. Hagel’s decision is based on a liberal interpretation of a bill passed by Congress last week and signed by President Obama that ensures uniformed members of the military will not have their paychecks delayed by the shutdown.” It’s almost as if they make it up as they go along.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli joins a long list of us who have had quite enough of the junior senator from Texas. “That was awkward. In the clearest sign yet of the potent effect of the government shutdown on the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli avoided being photographed with Ted Cruz at a gala they headlined here Saturday night — even leaving before the Texas senator rose to speak.”