President Obama celebrates his 52nd birthday this Sunday, August 4th, and like the considerate coworkers they are, the Republican National Committee (RNC) sent Obama a cake. But, because the Republican party has become more and more the party of restricting abortion and complaining about Obamacare, they couldn’t just send him a “we make your life difficult, but hey, happy birthday” cake, or even a “custom dictates that we deliver a confection to you,” cake. No, the RNC’s birthday cake to Obama came with this snarky note:
“Even 35 Democrat votes to delay the Obamacare trainwreck can’t delay the mandate to celebrate your birthday! –The RNC”
The note refers to one of the now 40 votes the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has held to repeal Obamacare. None of these votes matters. Democrats control the Senate, Obama is still President, and Obamacare isn’t going anywhere.
Let’s take this out of a political contest to isolate the obnoxiousness of this note. Imagine that you openly clash with someone at your job (or just anyone that your life necessitates that you see regularly). Whether it’s the new marketing push or which brand of coffee you should buy for the coffee machine, you and this person just can’t seem to agree, and there’s a fair amount of resentment between the two of you. Now imagine that this person’s birthday is coming up. Do you:
a) Do nothing
b) Get them a cupcake or something with no card
c) Get them a cupcake with a simple “happy birthday”
d) Get them a cupcake and attach a card that makes light of your differences, say, “at least we can agree that cream cheese frosting is humanity’s greatest achievement.”
e) Get them a cupcake and attach a card that wishes them a happy birthday in a way that announces one more time that you are right, they are bad at their job and you are better than them.
In the real world, almost none of you are big enough jerks to choose option e. Most of you would just do nothing, or, if you really couldn’t help yourself, tend more toward d. Politics, however, is not like the real world. Politics is a game that can be played a number of ways, but a common strategy is to be as big a jerk as possible, up to and including wishing someone a happy birthday by telling them that arguably their biggest achievement in life is a trainwreck.
So, happy birthday Obama. I didn’t get you a cake, but I really like Obamacare.