Retro Bill Kristol got out his flannel shirt and Pearl Jam albums today and decided to go all 1994 on us:
With Obamacare on the ropes, there will be a temptation for opponents to let up on their criticism, and to try to appear constructive, or at least responsible. ... My advice, for what it's worth: Resist the temptation. This is no time to pull punches. Go for the kill.
And you know, that's fine. Kristol doesn't believe in health care -- he thinks it will hurt Republicans politically. So he wants to kill it. I disagree, but that's how things work. That's part of the game, yo.
But here's where he drifts into blatant deception:
So the constructive part of the message would be: Start Over. We're not giving up on health reform. Far from it. But the only way to pass health reform is first to get rid of the misbegotten efforts now before Congress.
That part is, of course, not true. The institutional GOP -- of which Kristol is a part -- has never made any real effort to pass national health care reform. Delay is simply a plan to kill reform. The Gang should take note.