The Republican party is trying to change the conversation and kill health care.
Along with their lobbyist friends, using inflammatory lies about health care reform, they're whipping their political base into a rage. That base, duly enraged, has been armed with disruptive tactics and told to yell and scream at their elected representatives. And thus, you get this:
Take the anger to the next level, and it gets worse, with guns outside of Obama's town halls and swastikas:
None of this is about health care, yet this is what the Republican party wants to be talking about. It indicates an utter failure on behalf of the party to come up with any solution to any problem facing the nation, let alone our health care crisis.
To date, the Republicans have yet to release a plan for health care. They've released about a half-dozen pieces of paper they call plans, but none of them are detailed enough to be called serious. And yet, instead of debating health care reform with those who recognize the crisis, Republicans are instead having their base protest against "socialized medicine" and "government control of health care" - plans that do not exist.
Thus, the FAILephant. Carried along by tea bags, the angry Republican party presents no solutions, only rage. It's an epic failure of politics, and it's dragging our country's discourse down.
Let's get back to talking about the real issues, like whether we should have a pubic health insurance option or not. It's no use debating with Republicans and their extreme followers - they're not interested.
So, if you see examples of GOP failure like this, post them on twitter with the hashtag #failephant. We'll be collecting them and putting them out to the larger twitter universe.