I’ll let Aaron Gould Sheinin from the AJC bring us the details:
A group of Republican state senators on Thursday said they want to amend the state’s Constitution in an attempt to stop Democrats in Washington from enforcing health care reform here.
Sens. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) and Chip Rogers (R-Marietta) were joined by about half a dozen colleagues to unveil their plans. The resolution would be introduced when lawmakers return in January.
The proposed amendment would, Hill and Rogers said, would allow Georgia to invoke the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment says that any power not explicitly granted the federal government in the Constitution is preserved for the states.
Sounds good so far, addressing the “needs” of the party faithful that have expressed strong outrage over a federal issue. You know, federal, the kind that are taken care of by our elected officials at the federal level. Doesn’t hurt to weigh in on issues beyond our control to make the base happy now, does it? You know what would help? Some well practiced sound bite quotes, that’s what:
The 10th Amendment protects us from such federal mandates,” Hill said. “United we stand to protect Georgians, united we stand to protect these freedoms for Georgians.”
Good start. Now let’s have another:
Asked if Medicare, which is government-run health care for seniors, would also then be unconstitutional, Hill said, “That’s a good question. I don’t know yet. We’ll fight that battle when it comes before us.”
Holy off-message unintended consequences Bat-Man!
You mean a harmless publicity stunt to pander to the base demanding someone address the contitutionality of a hated over-reach by a Democratic Congress could backfire into a question of constitutionality of a federal program that is so off limits that even RNC Chairman Michael Steele has proposed enshrining it in its own “Bill of Rights”?!?
Somebody didn’t think this one through.
One of Lee Atwater’s campaign principles, borrowed from Sun Tzu, states that you never interfere with the enemy when it is in the process of destroying itself.
Healthcare reform is on the rocks. The current approach is unpopular. And these guys (and gals?) decided they couldn’t resist the easy lay up.
I fear they have just given their opponants the ball, and left the goal unattended.