When Joe Biden was a senator and candidate for president, he delivered a now famous jab at Republican Party presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani: “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11. There’s nothing else.” Now the Vice President, Joe Biden might want to revive that line with an update: the Republican Party only mentions three things in a sentence, a noun, a verb and Obamacare.
The proof of this came after the United States Senate rewrote the rules on the filibuster today. Did the Republican Party hammer the Democrats for an unprecedented change to such an established institution as the U.S. Senate? Perhaps the GOP would refer to the deal they struck with Democrats in the Bush years when it was the Republican Party threatening to go nuclear on the filibuster? No, they went with option c: a noun, a verb and Obamacare:
Here’s Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana:
— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) November 21, 2013
And here’s the newest Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina:
Unprecedented power grab to try&shift attention from Obamacare brings implications Dems going to have to live w/when GOP retake the Senate
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) November 21, 2013
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Wolf Blitzer that “this is them trying to control the agenda and shift it away from Obamacare.”
In case this is all a little opaque, let me show you a Venn diagram to show how much overlap Obamacare has with filibuster reform:
That’s nothing. They have nothing to do with each other. If Democrats were trying to distract everyone from Obamacare, why do it by changing Senate procedural rules that 90% of Americans don’t understand?
Washington generally works on many issues simultaneously. The Republican Party isn’t in power now, so they would rather keep it to complaining about Obamacare.