Thursday, March 25, 2010

What's next?

Good news for the GOP from CBS, of all places:
A CBS News poll released Wednesday finds that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress to continue to challenge parts of the health care reform bill...62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.
Of course, the big issue isn't how people feel now - it's, "how are people going to feel in November?" I wish the election were today, but it isn't. And there's a lot of time for events to alter the landscape between now and then.

Frankly, the pitch cannot be kept this high for the entirety of the next eight months, and it would be a mistake to try. They need to keep fighting it without being hysterical every day. This is a time for grim resolve as opposed to harsh rhetoric. There's been a time for that (and Lord knows that I've indulged) but people will tune that out shortly, and it would be a mistake to try to continue it. There will be a time to ramp it back up after Labor Day, but for now, working the courts and continuing to make the case that it's a mistake are the things that need to be done.

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