The man who will soon be the country’s most powerful elected Democrat is openly struggling with understanding the impact Obamacare has had on the country and the GOP, for anyone who cares to see it.
Judging by the comments incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (F, 2%) has made over the years, it’s apparent he can’t decide if Republicans were mistaken for opposing Obamacare, or if Democrats were mistaken for passing it.
In 2010, shortly after Obamacare became law, Schumer confidently projected that “[A]s people learn about the bill, and now that the bill is enacted, it’s going to become more and more popular.”
Then, in 2014, after Democrats lost control of the Senate, Schumer said “Democrats lost the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem —health care reform.”
Now, Schumer is saying Republicans will “rue the day” they repeal Obamacare. “It’s a political nightmare for them,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday. “They’ll be like the dog that caught the bus.”
So what is it? Schumer’s arguments can’t be reasoned. If Obamacare was so popular, why did Democrats lose their Senate majority over it? If Obamacare is so unpopular, why would Republicans “rue the day” they repealed it?
None of it is logical or true.
Schumer was, and is, making real-time political arguments that expire almost immediately upon contact with the open air. The argument that Obamacare will become more popular was true to Schumer as long as he felt it would help the Democrats win. When they didn’t win, it wasn’t true anymore.
Similarly, Schumer will pretend his argument that Republicans will “rue the day” they repeal Obamacare is true until Republicans show him through their actions that it’s not.
Which, hopefully, will be very, very soon. (For more from the author of “Schumer Says GOP Will ‘Rue the Day’ It Repeals Obamacare” please click HERE)