And they found it: Dire warnings that Republicans would kill the law requiring health care insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.
That the fear-mongering assertions were taken up by Democrat candidates and their supporters at almost the precise same time indicates that it was a strategy universally adopted by the party.
It was Plan B after Plan A was destroyed by an economy that's seeing impressive reductions in unemployment, dramatic increases in wages and jobs, and an economy expanding to heights that former President Barack Obama said would be far above the norm.
Plan B has one important flaw, though. Required health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions will never be revoked. While Democratic candidates have repeatedly said their Republican opponents will remove protections for pre-existing conditions, I haven't heard a single GOP candidate say it. None of the alternative health care plans offered by Republicans would remove the requirements. I could be wrong, so help me document the warning.
No doubt Democrats will say, "Of course, no candidate would say he against protections for pre-existing conditions. But you know those Republicans; they're lying."
Or signing their own political death certificate. Only the biggest fool ever to run for office from either party would vote to remove those popular protections. Even if you find such a fool, there aren't enough of them to make a difference.
Not that Republicans aren't using their own scare tactics. Take immigration. People, including myself, are fed up with both sides employing fear and rage to motivate their bases. It's almost as if moderation, centrist politics and compromise have become a utopian dream. Stubborn purists from both sides are ripping America apart, determined that the country stirs their own way, or no way at all. It wreaking our form of self-government. Cease and desist. Scott
Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis expressed it so well: