The Democrats, having badly misinterpreted the success of the tea party movement in 2010, have decided to replicate what they perceive as the tea party movement headed into 2018. To a rather good level of success, the Democrats once mapped out what they thought the “vast right wing conspiracy” looked like and created groups to mirror their imagined VRWC (never mind it did not really exist). The Democrats, however, will not have the same success this time and Republicans should ignore them.
The central component of the Democrats’ effort is continual protests. In addition to protesting at every available opportunity and staging walk outs, the Democrats are piling into congressional townhall meetings to shout down congressmen and share their too good to be true sob stories about how Obamacare has helped them. They have a ready contingent of reporters to help them advance their narrative. On Monday, for example, twenty protestors in one city managed to capture the entirety of the local news media’s attention. In another, a teacher who claimed to be a Christian claimed her faith demanded support for the individual mandate. Not only did she get on TV, but she got to pen an op-ed in the Washington Post.
Republicans can and should ignore all this and instead plow ahead with repealing Obamacare for a number of reasons.
First, while some of the protestors are constituents, the overwhelming majority of protestors showing up are Democrat activists bussed in for the occasion. They are flooding the zone with protestors to ensure maximum media attention, but few of the people can actually vote for the congressmen.
Second, Republicans made large gains by campaigning repeatedly to repeal Obamacare. They got re-elected on promises of repealing Obamacare. Do they really think they are suddenly going to be swept to defeat by keeping that promise?
Third, because of redistricting, even those Democrat partisans showing up at townhall meetings are not reflective of the Republican districts. The Democrats have failed to understand the key success of the tea party movement. It was a movement about getting Republican congressmen in line with the wishes of their congressional districts. That has been done. The GOP has moved right as a reflection of the tea party movement because its congressional challengers won primaries by more closely mirroring the districts.
Democrats, to the extent they have a comparable tea party, would be playing in Democrat districts moving them left. And there are fewer of those than Republican districts.
Right now, the Democrats are in 24/7 grievance mode. They are disruptive, angry, combative, and being disrespectful at many of the townhall meetings. They are expertly creating and packaging made for TV movements for local media. And none of it matters. Because of the way most congressional districts are drawn and because of the continued unpopularity of Obamacare, it simply does not matter.
The media would have you believe it matters because the media is sympathetic to the left. But it does not and they should be ignored.
Republicans should promptly repeal Obamacare. They can come up with a replacement plan that will probably get Democrat votes once Obamacare is repealed. They will get no help from the Democrats at all on any plan to restructure Obamacare as long as they keep Obamacare in place.
Ignore the protestors. Kill Obamacare.