As June bled into July, top-tier Republican politicos evidenced signs bordering on bonkers.
First the Supreme Court ruled that there are no legal impediments to prevent Obamacare from proceeding on course. Then it decreed it within the rights of same-sex couples to enter into the legal relationship know as marriage?
There were exceptions, of course. New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, pretty much kept her cool throughout it all.
She had never been keen on same-sex marriage, the governor noted, but with the court’s ruling it is now lawful and, basically, we should just get on with our business.
As for the Affordable Care Act, Martinez was that rare Republican governor to sign onto the program from the start by instituting an insurance market exchange for New Mexico, if only because she recognized that it would effectively reduce the state’s high rate of medically uninsured residents.
What we witnessed in this instance was a pragmatic governor doing her job and leaving the grandstanding to others.
The lion’s share of other high profile Republicans, on the other hand, reacted to the high court’s rulings as if they had been plunged into a nightmare from which they can’t awaken.