The “Civil War” Over How To Demonize Obamacare

One of my main themes since joining PA has been to point out the extent to which contemporary Republican divisions typically reflect arguments over strategy and tactics, even as the GOP is increasingly harnessed to a radically conservative set of basic principles and goals.

Today’s gabbing over the Murray/Ryan budget deal offers some pretty rich documentation of my hypothesis, as conservative opponents scream that the GOP has again “caved” by “funding Obamacare” (anything that doesn’t “defund” it is “funding” it, you see), while proponents counter that getting fiscal issues out of the way will enable Republicans to spend each and every moment between now and November 2014 shrieking about Obamacare.

Some “civil war.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.