Brian Beutler

Senior Editor

The Repeal Swindle

Republicans are pretending to support Obamacare's goals, but they don't

Repealing Obamacare is still their goal—they're just a little ashamed of it now.

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The Right's Racial Blinders

What really explains the politics of the Obama era

The left-right race argument can become less cacophonous than it is. But not through a process of phased, mutual disarmament. 

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It's almost like his establishment backers think a guy who's been out of office for seven years is more attractive than all the supposed rock stars the party has in place today...

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Democrats Need to Start Blaming the GOP for the Death of Charlene Dill

How liberals should talk about the Medicaid expansion

It became a viral story last week. But unlike the GOP, Washington Democrats refuse to apportion blame. It's time to highlight the real party of death panels. 

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My colleague Jonathan Cohn has written an excellent analysis of the circumstances surrounding Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, which will be officially announced later today.I'd like to add a level of abstraction by explaining the timing, and the political ramifications of the decision, which are being badly spun or misinterpreted in unsurprising quarters. 

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Unless a popular figure with real stature eventually steps up, the coup threat suffers from an "and then what?!" problem.

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The Affordable Care Act's enrollment comeback has confounded conservatives in many ways. The realization that there happens to be popular demand for something as self-evidently grotesque as Obamacare has given rise to a palpable cognitive dissonance on the right. A growing recognition among Republicans that they can't bank on organizing the midterm campaign around relentless Obamacare opposition has party elders looking at contingency plans (even if they haven't exactly gone back to the drawing board).

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Not too long ago right wingers refused to ponder any changes to Obamacare other than repealing it. How quickly things change.

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