Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What If?

Here's a thought experiment. Suppose Mitt Romney had won the 2012 election and was now POTUS. Further suppose that President Romney has been unable to pass a bill through Harry Reid's Senate repealing the Affordable Care Act. Frustrated, and in an effort to protect the US population from the effects of the law as it grinds inexorably into effect, Romney issues a series of orders effectively delaying the implementation of the act. Romney begins by delaying the individual mandate, orders insurance companies to continue offering expired policies in defiance of the law, and eventually delays the employer mandate as well.

What might Democrats and the Press (but I repeat myself) be saying? Charles C.W. Cooke thinks he can imagine.

"This is an utter disgrace," griped Senator Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y). "This law was passed through Congress, signed by the previous president, and upheld by the Supreme Court." [ . . . ]

Others went further. "It's. The. Law," animated Democratic spokesman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz told reporters at a hastily assembled press conference in Miami, barking out each monosyllable and pounding her fist on her desk. "The terrorist, anarchist, hostage-taking neo-confederates in the Republican Party tried for years to delay this in the legislature and now, simply because they have a Senate they dislike, they are trying to do so with the executive branch. It's a disgrace to the memory of our Founding Persons and it will not stand."

Read the whole thing. As they say.


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