Curious that only a few weeks ago the BBC was pillorying the Republicans for trying to delay Obamacare for a year.
The Republicans have been accused of having Tea Party tantrums, they’ve been compared to people who want to burn the house down, suicide bombers, hostage takers and teenage drivers repeatedly taking a blind curve in the rain.
All these images of blackmail and mayhem come about because their strategy has brought the government to the brink of shutdown. What may happen at midnight on Monday is short of Armageddon, but it is not pretty.
Tea Party-backed members decided it would be a great idea to couple the vote to pay the government’s bills with one to gut President Obama’s healthcare legislation. Now it is linked to a similar idea that would delay “Obamacare” for a year.
They hoped that the Democrats would either blink or get the blame. It has never looked like a winning strategy.
Maybe they lost the battle…but could they win the war?
Now Mark Mardell tells us that:
Mr Obama has been under fire in recent weeks as insurance companies cancelled millions of Americans’ medical insurance policies because they did not meet the stricter conditions of the healthcare overhaul.
That was despite the Democratic president’s promise that people would be able to keep their existing plans.
It has been a pretty dreadful week for President Barack Obama. Flapping around his head are a whole flock of chickens coming home to roost.
This is all about his greatest achievement – the law for which he will be remembered – the programme nicknamed for him, Obamacare.
Now his one historic achievement, the one big law he got through before he lost the House, is in grave danger. With it his whole reputation, his legacy.