Since the disastrous rollout of Obamacare that began on October 1 I haven't been impressed with the reactions of Barak Obama and his fellow Democrats. However, I've been even less impressed with the reaction of Republicans and conservatives.
The embarrassingly trouble plagued beginnings of Obamacare afforded the GOP and conservatives a golden opportunity to stop Obamacare in its tracks...if they really wanted to do that. For nearly three months now Americans' attention has been glued not only to Obamacare and its problems but to the broader issue of health care, health insurance, and how best to help those who have neither. The American people have never been more primed for alternatives to Obamacare, but the GOP and conservatives have offered them nothing.
Republicans and conservatives could and should have spent the last two+ months hammering home their health care solutions to an eager-to-listen public. Instead, the American people have been treated to a barrage of childish schadenfreude.
"Nah, nah, nah, boo boo! Your website don't work!"
That's essentially what Republicans and conservatives have been saying since the botched rollout of Obamacare's website healthcare.gov. CHILDISH!!!!! As I listened to these rants I kept asking myself what Republicans and conservatives were going to do once the website started working better, as it appears to be doing. What were they going to say then? Didn't the 2012 presidential elections teach the GOP and conservatives that they can't win just by carping on liberals' failures? Apparently not.
Conservatives, Republicans, you have to offer people something. You have to give them solutions, a vision, hope. That, not juvenile rants, is what the American public is hungering for. If you can't deliver then you'll lose in 2014, 2016, and beyond. And you'll deserve to.