That said, it seems at least some Democrat Congressmen have come to their senses, right? Not even close. Reality has a way of waking us up when cold, hard facts splash us in the face like artic water. And the reality of reelection seems to have inspired some to be less-than-altruistic in their request to delay Obamacare.
It’s creepy how that works. Three weeks ago, those proposing a delay were likened to terrorists, hostage-takers, enemies of the state, insane, and catastrophe creators —but now it’s a common sense idea to push for an extension for those like Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark, whose approval numbers have plummeted 19 percent since last year. Add to that, a recent poll found that Arkansans blame Democrats for the shutdown.
In addition to Pryor, signatories to Shaheen’s letter are Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat from my new, great state of Alaska, as well as Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).
CNN reported all Senate Democrats up for re-election will sign on — in hopes the administration will throw them a life-line (shrouded under the guise of an extension to help constituents). In reality, an extension extends to at-risk Democrats the gift of extra time to coast through the 2014 election, avoiding the wrath of angry constituents venting with their votes over this unpopular law, its exorbitant costs, and IRS fines.
Things will get worse before they get better. Whether it is now or after HealthCare.gov’s website is finally fixed, Americans will get to know the tangled web that is Obamacare — that Frankenstein of a bill passed in the darkness of night without a single Republican vote.
Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist who writes about politics, the economy and culture. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.