The Republicans had Obamacare. The Democrats have net neutrality.

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[Commentary] There were a lot of rational reasons that Republicans kept a laserlike focus on Obamacare from 2010 to 2016. And  there was a lesson Democrats could take from that. Find an intractable issue that excites the base, and push forward on it, no matter what. They may have found that issue — net neutrality. There’s a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act, that gives Congress the right to overturn regulations put into effect by the executive branch within 60 working days of the rule being finalized. If Congress opposes the regulation, majorities in each chamber can approve its repeal, and the president can sign the legislation eliminating it. Democrats are currently gathering support for a CRA that would overturn the FCC's Republican majority's repeal of net neutrality protections. They already have a near-majority of support in the Senate. Over 82 Members of the House are also backing the effort. It would need President Trump's signature -- and that ain't likely. Democrats see that this is an issue that energizes their base, so they do everything they can to change the FCC decision. This isn’t much, mind you, but it’s all they’ve got. And by checking this box, they can argue on the campaign trail that they need more Democrats in the House and Senate — though, by the time November rolls around, it will be too late to use the CRA, and even if they could, there’s still the issue of Trump. In 2020, it can be used as a rationale for the election of a Democrat as president.


The Republicans had Obamacare. The Democrats have net neutrality.