Last week, after crazies like Jim DeMint, Pete Hoekstra and Michele Bachmann started the REPEALgasm, a group of slightly less crazy Republicans, including John Cornyn, Jon Kyl and Newt Gingrich, began to backpedal.
Now, Lamar Smith (R-TX), who himself signed on to the REPEALgasm, admits it’s all just kabuki.
…while we want to repeal it – we are going to have to wait for some changes that face any congress before we have the votes to do that. The second way that we want to improve or replace the health care scheme that just passed is to try to challenge it in court. My own feeling is we only have a 50-50 chance at best of succeeding in that. The current make up of the supreme court is likely to rule in a very close vote – it may be 5 to 4 against us – that the health care bill is constitutional – but its worth trying.
The current makeup of the Court, for those keeping track at home, includes 6 Republican appointees. So Smith is essentially conceding that a successful legal challenge of health reform is just a wingnut pipe dream to rile up the rubes.
It’s easy to see why Republicans like Smith are backing off. They know that if they make 2010 all about REPEAL, they won’t be able to deliver. And that means lots of angry Teabaggers (is there any other kind?) running a third party presidential candidate in 2012 — if that already isn’t inevitable.