GOP Congressman Justin Amash cracked up a panel on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos when he suggested that Obama should welcome the House Republicans’ attempt to delay Obamacare as a “favor.”
“Part of compromise means that when you want to borrow more money, we’re going to have to have some cuts in government,” Amash said. “That’s all Republicans are asking for. We’re not talking about draconian cuts. We’re talking about delaying Obamacare. Which is something the president has asked for with the employer mandate. So let’s delay it for everyone. I think we’re doing the president a favor if we delay it. The program is not ready to be implemented. If anything the president should be asking us to delay it because it’s better for him politically.”
At this point, the panel, even former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, burst out laughing.
Democratic Representative Donna Edwards was particularly amused. “We’ve voted now 41 times to defund Obamacare,” she said. “Maybe 42 is the charm? I think the president is right: we can’t negotiate it over the debt ceiling, and we can’t be responsible in shutting down the government. Speaker [John] Boehner has to decide what kind of speaker he wants to be. He can be a speaker who governs and achieves success by getting Democratic votes to continue government operations and to raise the debt ceiling, or not.”
Amash argued that there was only so much Boehner could do when the conservative base was lobbying their representatives to do away with Obamacare.
Cokie Roberts didn’t buy this. “Republicans want Obama to be gone,” she said. “It’s a visceral reaction to Obama and anything his name is attached to.”
“What’s happening on this issue is an outcome of President Obama’s biggest failure, which is he came to Washington and it was polarized and it was divided,” Dowd said. “And he’s going to leave office more polarized and more divided, part of which is from him, part of which is from Republicans. He said he was going to fix it and he didn’t.”
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