Ol' E.J.just keeps missing the point. His insulation from average Americans is apparent here.
The average American is very concerned about the overreach of Big Government. No, this isn't Rush Limbaugh, FoxNews or the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. It's not extremism on the Right.
Perhaps this has something to do with how few positive things Republicans have to say.
As opposed to all the positive things Democrats had to say during the Bush administration? I know E.J. will disagee with me, but Democrats resisted Bush to resist Bush. This is a case of Republicans resisting Big Government. I seem to recall Democrats resisting many things by claiming they didn't want government in such-and-such part of the publics' life (like the bedroom, or private cell phone conversations). But they support government intervention in an individuals' healthcare? What is a "right" to healthcare if the government is able to take it away?
Regarding "end-of-life care", E.J. says:
It simply provides Medicare funding so seniors with life-threatening diseases can consult their doctors on advanced care and be given "an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title."
But the concern is well-founded. This is a party full of people who believe in euthanasia and assisted suicide. Why should we not be concerned about political pressure? I'm sure if a healthcare program were being pushed by a Republican, the Left would be (rightly) concerned about an abortion ban.
And race-baiting? Who is the guy who spent 20 years in a race-baiting church and whose wife, in spite of the advantages she had and the 6-figure salary claimed she had not been proud of her country? Please. And let's not forget the Seargant and the Professor, shall we?
Last, none of this is extremism. It's the Republican Party returning to its' Reagan roots. If they can articulate a Reaganesque message of small government and low taxes and job creation in the provate sector, they can win...handily.