By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 10/19/13, 4:27 PM PDT |

It hasn’t been a good week for politicians.

First came the pathetic end to the slow motion train wreck known as the government shutdown. Then came an avalanche of scandals closer to home.

We begin in Washington.

President Obama was elected in 2008 on a pledge to make health care accessible and affordable to the estimated 47 million uninsured. After a bitter, exceptionally partisan battle, the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” passed the House and Senate and was quickly signed into law.

Legal challenges resulted in a Supreme Court decision in the president’s favor.

In 2012, President Obama was re-elected by a respectable majority with Obamacare as a major issue in the campaign. The president and Democrats have every right to say this is a settled issue.

However, in 2010, and again in 2012, millions of Americans also elected members of Congress who ran on a platform pledging to repeal the ACA.

Americans have spoken out of both sides of our mouths on this — hence, the ugly brawl in Washington.

Obamacare is a seriously flawed law for the simple reason it does not live up to its name. While healthcare may be more accessible, it’s not more affordable.

With that said, the Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the tea party caucus in the House, went to war with an idiotic strategy: shut the government down and somehow the country will blame the president.

To nobody’s surprise they got their heads handed to them.

Not only was Obamacare not repealed, the shutdown has seriously damaged the Republican brand nationally. In California, Malathion is more popular than the GOP.

This isn’t a good thing.

Every healthy society has a viable opposition party. California doesn’t. Consider this: Jerry Brown is the voice of reason in Sacramento. Nothing you’ll see on Halloween will be scarier than that.

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