Sen. Ted Cruz (center left) and Sarah Palin (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Maybe if Republicans smiled more. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Seize this moment, GOP, says Michael Gerson. Democrats are flailing around with Obamacare, and if Republicans could stop trying to hurt each other and start proving themselves capable of governing, this could be a tipping point. It’s all very well to say that government is the problem, but if saying that wins you the election, you become the government. It’s a problem. And Gerson makes his point with lovely phrases like “a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fé.” See? Writing and government can be nice.

PostScript, though, is not nice. She laughed aloud at Goobicil‘s comment.

Michael Gerson: GOP: Stop being so negative.

GOP: No.

Which is reductive, but essentially what the “significant minority” Gerson referenced had to say.

James Barber

As a tea party person, we really don’t care what other people think about us, especially people who voted for Obama or people who think McCain is a good senator.


As usual, Gerson wants Republicans to act like Democrats.

And strangely enough, moderate Republicans — those who perhaps think McCain is a good senator — have become extremely scarce around these parts this month. So the rest of the comments are cynics:

Bone_The_Clown quotes Gerson:

“On this issue, and others, Americans will be more likely to trust Republicans to govern when they demonstrate an interest in governing.”
…or when the electoral alternative is so heinous that they are forced to vote Republican against their better judgement. It does happen.

We are also joined by Obamacare optimists:


The government runs all kinds of complex websites with no problem, so that argument is nonsense. Heck, the IRS has no problem interfacing with TurboTax.


The web sites will be redone soon, and by Thanksgiving they’ll be running smoothly. Will the GOP be running smoothly by Thanksgiving?

And a commenter who has whole new giant problems you’d need a competent government to solve:

morning reader

Should we be discussing how the government, as we move into the 21st century, is going to improve its tech skills? The current problems are with a website and the need for sophisticated interconnectivity, not healthcare. This issue will not go away once this particular problem is fixed. Industry spends millions of dollars and many, many hours perfecting their public interface and not just at launch but as an ongoing effort.

To borrow from Goobicil, no. No, we should not be discussing anything other than Obamacare, forever. PostScript is glad we could finally address this issue.