Shut Up & Bring It

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As I noted over the weekend, the Republicans were just constantly trying to help Democrats out, warning them how bad it would be for them if they passed Reform. Clearly, the Democrats didn’t take that good advice and passed it anyway. Monday morning, they were back at it telling Dems it’s just going to be downright awful for them in November.

But now the bill’s signed. It’s law. It’s over. And they’re still saying how bad it’ll be. But, enough. Eventually you’ve to stop with the sizzle and deliver the steak — unless how bad Reform is for the Democrats is now actually the Republican campaign platform.

As I’ve said countless times, I don’t doubt this is going to be a rough election for the Dems. I know Reform could cost them their majorities (though I think unemployment is the much bigger factor). We all get that. But it’s time for Republicans to stop saying how bad it’s going to be and just go out and do it.

Make the arguments on substance. Not about how the bill filing wasn’t filled out with a No. 2 pencil or whatever other nonsense. They may not realize this: but the Republicans can’t run on how bad Reform is going to be for the Dems politically. That’s very meta, to put it mildly. You can’t be so transparently cynical with your riffs that they don’t even make sense on their own terms. They need to run on repeal. So, enough. The terms of the 2010 election are set. Stop puffing and threatening, shut up and bring it on.

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