Meet the New Moderate Friendly People-Oriented Republican Party
At least until they take over the Senate.
What's happened to the Teahad/Biblehumping/Chickenhawk wing of the Republican Party? The GOP's Impeach Obama Tourette's Syndrome seems to be in remission. Same with their embarrassing Benghazi tic, where every sentence consisted of a noun, a verb and Benghazi. Until recently, the GOP was determined to investigate Benghazi — and investigate and keep investigating and then investigate some more — until they finally uncovered that secret e-mail where President Obama and al Qaeda were masterminding every detail of the Benghazi attack. What happened?
When was the last time the House voted to repeal Obamacare? Or threatened to shut down the government unless Obama withdraws the Affordable Care Act, dismantles the EPA, resigns from office and commits suicide on national TV?
And now Republicans are even toning down their War on Women. At least three Republican candidates for the Senate — Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner and Ed Gillespie — have announced that they support women's over-the-counter access to birth control. Jerry Falwell is turning in his grave!
Thom Tillis told a debate moderator:
“I actually agree with the American Medical Association — we should make contraception more widely available. I think over-the-counter oral contraception should be available without a prescription. If you do those kinds of things it will actually increase the access and reduce the barriers for having more options for women for contraception.”
Aww shucks, the GOP has really come around. They're no longer beholden to corporate VIPs and rightwing demagogues; they actually care about regular everyday people. Isn't this great?!? I guess it won't matter now if Republicans win the Senate in November. If they do, they'll work with the President instead of trying to sabotage his every move. They finally understand that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and they'll do everything in their power to make health insurance available to their constituents.
OK, Charlie Brown: Lucy will hold the football while you come running in and kick it as hard as you can. She's promised not to yank it away this time.