GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach

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    May 31, 2014 9:32 AM GMT
    Republican candidates have begun to retreat in recent weeks from their all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more piecemeal approach, suggesting they would preserve some aspects of the law while jettisoning others.

    The changing tactics signal that the health-care law — while still unpopular with voters overall — may no longer be the lone rallying cry for Republicans seeking to defeat Democrats in this year’s midterm elections.

    Apparently it has finally dawned on the GOP that the majority of Americans don't want to see Obamacare repealed.
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    May 31, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    On the other hand, as Gail Collins points out in today's NYT:

    "In Texas, they decided that 91 was past the cutoff line, tossing out Representative Ralph Hall in favor of a 48-year-old former federal prosecutor. ...In a post-defeat interview with The Dallas Morning News, he vowed to spend his last six months in office battling to repeal Obamacare, which makes you sort of sigh and lose interest in the whole affair."

    The GOP may have realized that fighting Obamacare and LGBT rights is a bad sell. But "changes" are changes in marketing strategy, not in the GOP's underlying fear and loathing of anything new or progressive. I find it impossible to trust a party where "...Dan Patrick, the new Republican nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, who ran as 'a Christian first, a conservative second and a Republican third.'"

    The GOP is getting sleeker - but it's getting even more conservative behind the curtain.