The Long Con

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined from left by, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks about getting past last week’s failure to pass a health care overhaul bill and rebuilding unity in the Republican Conference, at the Capitol,  in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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We had glimpses of it yesterday, but this morning the House GOP’s approach to the Obamacare repeal debacle came into full view, and it is … amazing!

The gist: Obamacare repeal is not dead yet! We promise! No, really!

No matter that they have had since 2009 to come up with a viable replacement and failed. No matter that nothing has changed since the bill was pulled Friday to make anyone think the votes are there.

The tell is in Speaker Paul Ryan not committing to any timeframe for bringing it back up again.

It’s a straight-up return to the House GOP’s old promise that they’d have a plan soon, made so often under then-Speaker John Boehner that we stopped counting at 20.

You can almost imagine the thinking on this internally. Hey, the long con of promising and never delivering worked pretty well for us through four election cycles. Can’t we just go back that?

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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