23 March 2010

You can't repeal just parts; you can't unbake a cake

Republicans have begun running on a "repeal it" platform, and the Democrats have their predictable response ready. Prior to passage, they argued that "the individual parts of the bill are very popular, even if people say they oppose the bill as a whole."

Now, they ask, "Are you going to repeal insurance for poor children with pre-existing conditions? Is that what you're going to do? Okay, you go right ahead and attack the children."

Nobody bought their argument before the vote, and nobody should by it now. Nevertheless, in interviews today, both John Cornyn and Michael Steele have stumbled in response to this taunt.

It isn't that complicated. Think of it this way: Have you ever received a fruitcake at Christmas? Did you ever actually eat it? Why not? Don't you like like raisins?

Nobody picks the raisins out of the fruitcake. You re-gift it, or throw it out, then you thank Aunt Edna for her kind thoughtfulness. If you want something better, you have to start over.

You can't unbake a cake.

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