GOP: let ’em die

I’m exaggerating a bit, but that’s ok according to Aaron Blake:

As with “You didn’t build that,” the Romney campaign’s attacks on “It worked” will be criticized for being out-of-context, lowest-common-denominator politics.  And as with “You didn’t build that,” “It worked” is going to … well … work.

There’s a lot of controversy these days about campaign tactics and what crosses the line. Obama’s team has been crying foul for two weeks now that “You didn’t build that” has been taken badly out of context by Republicans.

The problem is, the gray area is just too gray. Fact-checkers are great (especially our Glenn Kessler), but as long as either side has an argument to justify its attacks, the history of politics dictates that it’s all fair game.

Romney may be attacked in the days ahead for running an out-of-context campaign, and some objective reporters might even say it has gone too far.

But the fact is that these two comments further clarify a picture (or caricature, depending on where you stand) of Obama that’s already out there. And plenty of — nay, almost all — people who don’t dissect this stuff as much as we do are going to take the pulled quotes at face value.

Is it warm and fuzzy? No. Does it work? Yes. And that’s why they do it.

Blake doesn’t think much of Obama:

So obviously Democrats’ policies — on taxes or otherwise — aren’t that great.

You and I might think this line is taken out of context, but Aaron Blake is fine with it.

Anyway, here’s the piece about Republicans and healthcare insurance (the last is Michael Cannon, head of health policy at the libertarian Cato Institute):

Wallace: “What specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?”

McConnell: “That is not the issue. … The question is how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system? It is already the finest health care system in the world.”

Wallace: “But you don’t think that 30 million people who are uninsured is an issue?”

McConnell: “Let me tell you what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system. That is exactly what is at the heart of Obamacare. They want to have the federal government take over all of American health care.”

“Conservatives cannot allow themselves to be browbeaten by failing to provide the same coverage numbers as Obamacare,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told a conference at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “To be clear, it is a disgrace that so many American families go without health insurance coverage. But we cannot succumb to the pressure to argue on the left’s terms.”

People need to have the freedom not to have insurance if the marketplace is to function properly, he says. “Because if they don’t have freedom, if the government is requiring them to purchase health insurance either from a private company or the government, then the government gets to define what health insurance is, and that stifles a lot of innovation in the health insurance and health care delivery markets, and we’re suffering under that sort of regulation right now,” he says.

Basically they’re saying that Free Markets are more important than everybody having access to healthcare. To be fair, sorry Aaron, they probably believe that a truly Free Market might bring this about, but if it doesn’t that’s the way it must be.

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