16 Aug 2017

By all accounts, Barack Obama was (legislatively) doomed before he ever took office. And it wasn't just because the financial sector was in near ruins, the economy was near meltdown, and we were off fighting wars. It was because in the face of all this Obama was going to have to face most of these challenges without any help from the opposition party. We know this because of a meeting of great consequence held by GOP leadership shortly after Obama's election in 2008. As they huddled in a panic over what the party would do next, they departed in solidarity, entering a pact to obstruct the president-elect by any means necessary. Someone even wrote a book about it. But back to Obamacare. Not only did the GOP campaign relentlessly on its repeal and replacement (with much electoral success!), but they voted to do so over 50 times while Obama was still in office. And did so even though they did not have the veto-proof majority needed to override the pr...