Hey, Alison Grimes, why not mention THIS? Ah … because it would require a sentence or two of substantive explanation.
Given the exceedingly favorable atmosphere for Republicans this fall, McConnell’s direction on Obamacare has been closely watched as he both battles for reelection against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and as the GOP prepares for Senate control for the first time since 2006.
McConnell’s office said there are multiple avenues that a GOP Senate would have to attack Obamacare — particularly through budget reconciliation, a parliamentary maneuver that would require only 51 votes but would not be equivalent to the standalone repeal votes that have frequented the House.
Reconciliation was omitted during the Tuesday Fox News hit, but has not been dropped from McConnell’s game plan, particularly given that individual mandate was ruled by the Supreme Court to be a tax and could be reversed by a majority vote.
— McConnell reassures GOP on Obamacare opposition, Burgess Everett, Politico, today
Awesome! Out of the mouths of babes. (One babe, anyway, albeit not a very cute one.)
Might Bill or Hillary Clinton be willing to cut an ad or web video pointing out what this means? As in: Hey, all you Kentuckians who now have healthcare insurance through Kynect or the Medicaid expansion won’t, come 2016, if McConnell succeeds in his plan?
And, all you folks in, say, Iowa, Colorado, Arkansas and Alaska: How do you think that that shutting-down-the-government thing will work out for ya next year?
Grimes has absolutely nothing to lose by making these points herself this weekend. And the DSCC doesn’t, either; it’s committed money for the last few days of the campaign—something it probably now regrets. But Kentucky apparently doesn’t have early voting, so it’s still theoretically possible for these last few days to make a difference in the election’s outcome.
The silver lining in a Grimes loss will be the end of the idea, finally, that if you’re a Democrat running in a red state, you shouldn’t run as, y’know, a Democrat. But of course a surprise win for Grimes as a result of a very late campaign posture as a Democrat would not undermine that lesson.