But that’s what happened this morning when Fox News’ Chris Wallace (who’s probably the best of the worst on the network) grew tired of Ohio Representative Jim Jordan’s continued insistence that “Obamacare” could be defeated.
Here’s the video, via Fox News:
After Jordan continued to talk up the possibility of repealing “Obamacare,” Wallace fired back at the congressman, saying:
“There’s a widespread feeling in Washington, maybe right, maybe wrong, that you’re going to have to accept in the House something that you hate, because, quite frankly, the perception is that you misplayed your hands on Obamacare. According to a Wall Street Journal poll this week, 53% now have a negative view of the GOP, that’s the worst rating since the Wall Street Journal started polling in 1989 — and support for Obamacare has actually gone up in the last month from 31% to 38% despite all the massive problems with the rollout. Right or wrong, has your strategy of linking Obamacare to all these things backfired big time?”
But Jordan wouldn’t have any of it, and continued to perpetuate right-wing talking points:
“We need to delay this law, plain and simple. You can look at the polls and whatever, but we were elected to stand for certain principles. The vast majority of the American people still know this law doesn’t work, the President knows this law doesn’t work.”
Wallace, seemingly agitated, once again tried to talk some sense into Jordan:
“I understand your argument, but the fact is, when Paul Ryan had his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, it never mentioned Obamacare. When John Boehner offered the House Republican plan, which would have extended the debt ceiling and had these budget talks, he never mentioned Obamacare. It feels like that has left the station.”
And still, Jordan seem undeterred by reality:
“There’s still a lot of members of the House of Representatives who understand that Obamacare is unfair. Look, I want to repeal it. We understand that’s not going to happen with this president. All we’re asking for is delay it. Delay it for individual members just like you did for members of Congress. That is such a simple, fair, basic argument, consistent with what makes our country such a special country: equal protection under the law.”
Wallace, with his patience obviously wearing thin, laid it out simply for the congressman:
“But you’re never going to get that through!”
At this point, Jordan made the argument that Republicans aren’t wrong, they just need to make a better argument. Wallace then asked the congressman if he understood the damage the GOP was suffering from this shutdown. Of course, the congressman clearly didn’t understand anything. He basically denied polling numbers, reality and facts for what he feels should be right and wrong.
Basically, Wallace reiterated to Jordan that the American people are blaming Republicans, their strategy is a failure and they won’t succeed in delaying, defunding or repealing “Obamacare”—but none of that had any impact on Jordan’s insistence that they’re in the right.
This interview is a perfect example of the delusion seen in so many right-wing members of Congress. They simply don’t “get it.” Even when confronted by Fox News on basic facts, they still seem unable to understand even the simplest of concepts.
Right now you’re seeing Republicans shifting this shutdown from an effort to stop “Obamacare” to being about the debt ceiling, in an attempt to not walk away from this whole fiasco looking like complete idiots. Something Wallace tried to point out to Rep. Jordan, yet Jordan seemed unable to grasp.
Apparently, he didn’t get that memo.
But at the end of the day, you know things are getting bad for Republicans when Fox News is calling out the GOP for being out of touch with reality. Something Ohio Representative Jim Jordan put on full display.