By Bill Maher
“Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like the Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s.”
That's Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield. No, he wasn’t just speaking rashly. He posted that on his blog. Which makes it all the more impressive that he managed to both misspell and correctly spell “mandatory” in the same sentence.
Sure, it’s offensive, but that’s not as upsetting as the fact that this state lawmaker really believes it. Defending himself in his blog’s comments, he goes on about the perils of the government killing babies and deciding who shall live and who shall die.
Meanwhile, a lot of Republicans seem to be starting to move on. Our friend Nick “Fonzie” Gillespie from Reason.com recently wrote a column proposing some fixes for Obamacare, concluding with, “Obamacare is not just a dumb law but a deeply offensive one. That doesn’t mean it can’t be made less dumb and less offensive.” Which is pretty much just a pejorative version of what the president himself has been saying from day one.
Despite that movement, there are plenty of people like Campfield who are still on high alert. Because as the national GOP starts slowly backing away from Obamacare, they need to keep in mind that when they make their base crazy on an issue, it stays crazy.