By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Michele Bachmann was still stoking the fires of repeal yesterday during a GOP rally in her home state of Minnesota, declaring that she thought she heard cries of "repeal" emanating from the crowd. But other Republican members of Congress are apparently distancing themselves from those who- immediately upon its being signed into law - called for the repealing of the health reform bill. Could it be that our representative form of government actually worked last month?
After all, members of Congress are elected to, presumably, represent their constituencies. Those who voted for the health reform bill put themselves in political peril if their vote was not reflective of the will of their district's electorate.
The ink wasn't even dried on the bill when we heard so many people say that passage of the bill spelled a change in the balance of power in Congress after this fall's mid-term elections. Everyone who voted "yes" would be tested. Many of them - all Democrats of course - would fall into political oblivion. And this would be the harbinger of the political death of President Obama two years later. "Obama," they declared, "is a one-term president!"
All this may turn out to be true. I haven't a crystal ball at my immediate disposal so I don't know. But, then, why are so many Republicans backtracking from their calls to repeal the bill?
Could it be that their internal polling in their districts shows that people aren't really as upset about this bill as the rhetoric might indicate?
Yes, it is true that national polling shows that Americans remain skeptical of a bill that they still do not fully understand. But then, why, if this is the political bellwether issue of 2010, are Republicans cooling to the idea of demanding repeal?
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