Napoleon once said "Don't interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." I alluded to that yesterday when I advised the Republicans in Congress to go quiet about ObamaCare. If your enemy is committing suicide, you don't need to shoot him. It sounds like John Boehner is taking my advise.
House members left Washington on Thursday and are out this week, giving lawmakers extended time in their districts for constituent services. The timing is perfect for House Republican leaders, who have grown wary of distracting the public from Obamacare’s wobbly rollout with GOP attacks on the law.This thing is terrible, and getting terrible-er by the day. The wheels are going to come off in March, or April, and when the cancellation notices come out in October for the employer side of the insurance question, all hell is going to break loose. Folks will be headed to Washington with fresh tar and new pillows. We're liable to need a whole new Congress, and the Republicans would be wise to sit quietly and watch it happen. We've made our point, now let the disaster happen. Someone has to be around with cool heads to pick up the pieces.
The strategy is a stark contrast to the bombastic tone Republicans struck fighting the law to the point of a government shutdown, and then beyond. And, according to some lawmakers, there was discussion among House members about cancelling the break and staying in Washington to continue hammering the health care law.
But House leaders dismissed that idea, feeling confident that the best thing they can do is step back, be quiet, and let Americans watch Obamacare’s supporters contend with a faulty website, rising premiums, and an avalanche of policy cancellations.