If you don’t know who John Fugelsang is, it’s time you learned. John is a comedian with a wicked tongue and a quick mind. As a member of the Sexy Liberals, he often tours with Stephanie Miller and Hal Sparks (I saw them last year and it was a blast). He had his own show on Current TV — taking over from Eliot Spitzer on Viewpoint — before that channel was sold and, funny as he is, he also has the political savvy to hold his own in any discussion on politics.
Apparently, Ed Schultz thinks so, too, as he often has Fugelsang on his show. On the July 11th edition, Fugelsang talked with Michael Eric Dyson (filling in for Ed) and Dr. Corey Hebert about the Republicans’ never-ending attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
And, as he always does, Fugelsang hit the nail on the head. Calling John Bohener’s law suit “impeachment lite,” Fugelsang said that the whole lawsuit thing is a craven attempt by Boehner to get the Tea Party to like him.
At one point, Dyson asked his guests about the Democrats using this to their advantage. Dr Hebert thought so, citing a Commonwealth report that showed 74% of newly insured Republicans are happy with the ACA. Along with other statistics — the uninsured rate fell 5%, with 9.5 million Americans now insured — Hebert thinks that Democrats should absolutely campaign on the ACA.
Fugelsang agrees that Democrats can gain traction with this tactic but then goes on to point out an even better strategy:
“I want to know why Democrats in the Senate aren’t coming out and calling the GOP socialists. Because let’s be frank about this. This is not single payer. This the Republican plan, conceived by a Republican Think Tank, implemented by a Republican Governor in Massachusetts, upheld by a Republican Supreme Court. And they are terrified now that it is going to start saving Republican lives.”
Bam! And there it is, the strategy that could win the mid-term election for Democrats. While we sometimes heard these points early on in the ACA’s debate, passage and implementation, we seldom hear it anymore. Fugelsang is correct. The original plan was thought up by the Heritage Foundation, a Republican Think Tank.
This plan was implemented by a Republican governor, Mitt Romney, in 2006 in Massachusetts. And a conservative Supreme Court, ruling in June of 2012, upheld the ACA. And, as noted by Dr. Hebert, the ACA is already saving Republican lives and changing Republican minds.
So, let’s use this! Call Republicans out for their hypocrisy. The ACA was their brainchild. It’s time we make them own up to that. Call them socialist, like they have been doing to our President for 6 years. It’s time we began using the same tactics as the GOP: repeat it until it becomes a mantra. Use their own strategy against them. Because it is so important that we keep the Senate and take back the House this year. Not to be hyperbolic, but our future may depend upon it.
Here is the entire segment from The Ed Show: