Today along with several other bloggers I was on a conference call with three congressional candidates in Massachusetts

Jon Golnik who is running in the 3rd district (my new district) Jeff Semon running in the 5th district (who appeared on my radio show a few weeks ago) and Chris Sheldon running in the 9th district.

They answered questions on Multiple Subjects on Obamacare, on their primary opponents, on Term limits (Interesting contrast there Jeff Semon is for them, Jon Golnik is against not liking to fiddle with the constitution and Chris Sheldon saying he would vote for such a bill but won’t unilaterally term limit himself without a law)

When the time for my question came I mentioned the Aaron Walker Swatting asking if they would sign onto senator Chambliss’ letter if elected and would support a new such letter assuming a president Romney won. Their answers were notable in several ways.

Firstly they all knew about the issue. That might not seem odd but in the last 48 hours I’ve talked to more than a dozen offices of house and senate members for comment and the majority of the offices I spoke to had no idea what SWATTING was, yet all three of these potential congressmen knew about the issue and spoke forcibly on the subject

Mr Semon not only said he would sign but declared it “sad” that it would be necessary to press the Attorney General to investigate such lawbreaking. Mr. Sheldon agreed saying ” the question but strongly objected Mr. Golnik saying he would sign, Mr. Sheldon called the SWATTINGS “outrageous” objecting to any attempt to intimidate members of the press including bloggers. Mr. Golnik agreed with both of his compatriots.

How is it that these three men knew about this issue without prompting when in office after office senator’s staff’s needed the situation explained?

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the GOP is feeling its oats in Massachusetts. The National GOP is putting 2.2 million dollars into ads for house races on Massachusetts TV.

Run that through your head a second in a year when Democrats can’t even pay for their own convention, a year when the president is reduced to begging newly weds for a share of their dowry and birthday money the GOP finds their prospects good enough to put 2.2 mill into the pot in Massachusetts.

As Chris Sheldon put it: “It’s telling, Obama recognizes he is in trouble and they are doubling down” and Jeff Semon noted that this is not their fathers or grandfathers democratic party and Jon Golnik says that with 55% unenrolled in his district it will be jobs jobs jobs.

If this is where we are today then the Democrats have a nasty surprise in store for them.

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Ali Akbar: “…And if this law passes we’ll repeal it.”

DaTechGuy: “No we won’t!”

Boston: January 17th 2010

OK people on the left, you wanted Obamacare to be upheld it has been. Your huge tax increase on the American people (that you pretended was not) is legal.

To my friends on the right, I don’t care what the dissents were, they don’t matter. Nor am I going to pretend that we are going to be able to repeal it, we need 60 votes in the senate to do so and that just isn’t going to happen for a while, so let me tell you what IS going to happen.

1. Mitt Romney just won in 2012.

The Obama brand was in trouble already but there was some hesitation of those in the base to embrace him. There is absolutely nothing that will energize that base more than this issue. This is not going to be close.

2. Every election is now about Obamacare

The president has been giving individual organization wavers. Mitt Romney has already said he will give the entire country a waiver to Obamacare. This means that in 2016 the democrat candidate will have to revoke that waiver in order to implement it.

So every four years the question will be before the American People: “Do you want Obamacare implemented or not?”, until it is implemented or repealed.

Democrats this is the political ground you wanted, I hope you enjoy it.

Update: added sentence concerning: “Do you want Obamacare implemented or not?”

Update 2: If Obamacare is a tax then every democrat who runs promising to remove a Obamacare waiver is promising to increase taxes. It’s all up to us as Glenn Reynolds put it:

The Supreme Court has refused to save us from ourselves. The remedy now will have to be political.

Update 3: Remember when we were told that this wasn’t a tax?

Representative Louie Gohmert has a succinct summary of the Court’s decision today. The Supreme Court told us today “of course they are liars. You should have known they were liars.

Update 4: if you won’t believe me will you believe Ann Althouse?

I have said repeatedly that Obama would be worse off if Obamacare were upheld, but what I’m really seeing is how bad it is for him with the mandate declared a tax.

Remember the Democrats got the statute passed by insisting it was not a tax. Now, we learn it is only constitutional because it is a tax. That’s got to hurt politically.

Update 5: If this is true then it is a national disgrace

Scalia’s dissent, at least on first quick perusal, reads like it was originally written as a majority opinion (in particular, he consistently refers to Justice Ginsburg’s opinion as “The Dissent”). Back in May, there were rumors floating around relevant legal circles that a key vote was taking place, and that Roberts was feeling tremendous pressure from unidentified circles to vote to uphold the mandate. Did Roberts originally vote to invalidate the mandate on commerce clause grounds, and to invalidate the Medicaid expansion, and then decide later to accept the tax argument and essentially rewrite the Medicaid expansion (which, as I noted, citing Jonathan Cohn, was the sleeper issue in this case) to preserve it? If so, was he responding to the heat from President Obama and others, preemptively threatening to delegitimize the Court if it invalidated the ACA?

Update 6: Interesting point at Redstate via newsalert and Insty

With John Roberts’ opinion, the repeal fight takes place on GOP turf, not Democrat turf. The all or nothing repeal has always been better ground for the GOP and now John Roberts has forced everyone onto that ground. Oh, and as I mentioned earlier, because John Roberts concluded it was a tax, the Democrats cannot filibuster its repeal because of the same reconciliation procedure the Democrats used to pass it.

If that is correct it changes the equation

Update 7: The suckers are falling for it:

Immediately after the Supreme Court decision, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent out a petition that said, “Stand Up for Obamacare!”

“Sign here right now and tell President Obama that you have his back and show your support for Obamacare,” the petition urged.

Now that the DSCC has officially taken ownership of the “Obamacare” label, it will be interesting to see how that impacts Democrats, such as Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Montana’s Jon Tester, who are in extremely tough Senate reelection battles in their respective states.

Please PLEASE democrats embrace Obamacare before this election.

Update 8: NRO gets it

First, those who dislike the mandate — which includes a majority of U.S. voters — will now have no recourse but to vote for Mitt Romney to repeal it. Second, the only way the administration prevailed was to have Obama’s main legislative accomplishment redefined as one of the largest middle-class tax increases in the history of the country.

Does that really sound like a good political outcome to you?

Sounds like a good political outcome to me.

Update 9: Hey remember the Catholic Church’s protests on religious liberty, lets not forget that thanks to today’s ruling they will continue through election day.

Update 10: The Anchoress:

Well, as Glenn points out a tax repeal can’t be filibustered. Interesting times ahead. Is it possible that Roberts, concerned by threats from the left that they would de-legitimize the court if it struck down Obamacare, reasoned as he did to both give the GOP a workable means of repealing the thing through legislation while also utterly defanging those threats? After all, if you look at the people screaming about the court yesterday, they’re all purring like kittens on twitter, and calling SCOTUS “humble” and “judicious.” There’s no more talk of “partisan, activist judges” today.

Are the Dems and the press going to wake up in the middle of the night, think about that and cringe?

That’s up to the voters.

Update 11: Roxeanne De Luca: John Roberts, I love you, you blue-eyed, diabolical hottie
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As everyone continues to wonder what is going on with the Obamacare ruling it’s important to remember how we got here:

When Obamacare was first proposed the Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and an overwhelming majority in the House.

Despite this to pass this bill the president had to pull teeth, and literally give a whole state an exemption from the bill in order to get it through the senate.

The Backlash was so strong that it resulted in a Republican winning a Senate Seat in Massachusetts for the first time since 1972.

Once Scott Brown was elected as there was no chance of getting a bill through a conference committee so the existing senate bill was sent directly to the house for a vote.

Even with that overwhelming majority the house barely passed the bill two months later with 34 democrats opposing it.

The end result in 2010 was the Big Red Wave that resulted not only in Republican control of the house (and six seats won in the senate) but over 700+ GOP gains all over the country.

This is what Obamacare has done to the democrat party.

I have no idea what is going to happen later today, but if I’m the democrat party I hope and PRAY that this law goes away. If this law is upheld or if only the mandate is struck down and the rest of the law survives then every Democrat senator running for election becomes the 60th vote that passed Obamacare and it becomes an issue in every single competitive house race.

Let’s not forget what Senator Pat Toomey

Rep Allen West said at the Americans for Prosperity rally during the Supreme Court deliberations.

“I don’t think they have the courage to come out”

And let’s go one step further if Obamacare is upheld and a President Romney gives the entire nation a waiver (which he has promised to do) then every single election from now on becomes a referendum on Obamacare until it is replaced or repealed

This is what the future for every Democrat candidate for the house and senate from now on if this law is upheld.

Good luck.

Update: Well at least one person doesn’t wonder:

What possible difference could all this second-guessing make? The court will rule whatever the court rules, without regard for what a bunch of bloggers say about it.

He also quotes Ace who said:

Dudes, the opinion was at the printer days ago. The conference vote was like two months ago. The opinions were finished, edited, and proofed like three weeks ago.

This ruling is like seeing an exploding star in space, we become aware of it now, but the star actually blew up centuries ago.

Update: Mandate is a tax and thus Constitutional OK Democrats you wanted this, you own it.

Update 2: Remind me again why we try to nominate conservative judges?

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Anyone who has been following what has been going on in Egypt has seen what a mob can do as reporter Natasha Smith found out:

My friend did everything he could to hold onto me. But hundreds of men were dragging me away, kicking and screaming. I was pushed onto a small platform as the crowd surged, where I was hunched over, determined to protect my camera. But it was no use. My camera was snatched from my grasp. My rucksack was torn from my back – it was so crowded that I didn’t even feel it. The mob stumbled off the platform – I twisted my ankle.

Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned from humans to animals.

Hundreds of men pulled my limbs apart and threw me around. They were scratching and clenching my breasts and forcing their fingers inside me in every possible way. So many men. All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.

Well that was in Egypt and it was a single woman, it’s not like you are going to see a Muslim mob assaulting a woman in America like that and it’s even less likely that it would happen to a group of men, and even if a mob wanted to stone a group of men in America it not like the police would just stand by and refuse to protect them.

…of course I could be wrong about that.

And BTW I thought it was an ARAB festival, aren’t we told that there are plenty of Arab Christians?

To those who insist Islam is a religion of peace, and to those who oppose laws restricting Sharia: This is the future , if it isn’t stopped RIGHT NOW the consequences in a few years are going to be horrible.

BTW reverse the religions of the people in that video, would there have been any other story on the news yesterday?

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