The GOP has finally managed to repeal one part of Obamacare: its own "repeal and replace" slogan. As evidence of the slogan's empty promise keeps coming, but GOP strategists aren't admitting that the idea was far-fetched — instead they argue that "repeal and replace" did so well uniting America's right that the party is ready for a new strategy to reach across the aisle. That new strategy is, surprisingly, being fine-tuned.
David M. Drucker, from the right-leaning Washington Examiner, spoke with a number of anonymous Republican strategists who argued that "the party remains as committed as ever to opposing President Obama's health care overhaul," just not with the "repeal and replace" slogan. The problem is "repeal" implies that Republicans favor the pre-Obamacare health care system and "replace" implies waiting until 2017 and hoping for a Republican president. Instead, Republicans "are likely to message their opposition to Obamacare in positive, reform-minded language like 'starting over,'" Drucker writes. Starting over sounds a lot like repealing and replacing — the strategy we all agree hasn't worked — but it's likely part of the "fine-tuning" strategists promise.