Having fostered the illusion that senior citizens are under attack from health care reform, the Republican Party now hurries to a stage-managed rescue.
Offering more confusion and little of value, Chairman Michael Steele's list of bullet points does push the two-edged GOP political sword deeper into Democratic hopes of health reform without political damage.
Mark Silk at Spiritual Politics succinctly explains the Republican political strategy. It is as simple, well-tested and predictable as it is brilliant:
Economic conservatives carry the anti-government ball while social conservatives run abortion and end-of-life care (aka "pulling the plug on granny") up the flagpole. So far, there's been little hue and cry about an imagined mandate to cover same-sex couples in family plans. Maybe that's for after Labor Day.
CQ Politics has suggested that truth sometimes seems to be taking a vacation.
Whether these strategies will lead to the Republican Party's political salvation, or any other kind of salvation, we will see.