Has a new epidemic of RDD broken out on Capitol Hill? UPDATED WITH CAMP RESPONSE 

Not familiar with RDD? It stands for "Republican Defeat Disease" and its symptoms only appear on those rare occasions when congressional GOPers hold heavy leverage against Democrats in the public opinion war heading into the next election.

First, early this morning The Washington Post reported that House GOP leaders were taking Medicare reform off the table in the budget negotiations with congressional Democrats and President Obama.

Now in the late afternoon, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan is being prominently quoted on Huffiington Post saying this:

"Obviously, I voted to repeal the bill and you pretty much know where I am on replacement because I put out a bill last year on that. Is the repeal dead? I don’t think the Senate is going to do it, so I guess, yes."

Well, if House GOPers have decided not to pressure Democrats on every possible front, including Medicare reform and Obamacare repeal, they might as well just invite Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to write the terms of the 2012 Budget surrender.

That's RDD in a nutshell. Or maybe not.

Huffpo naturally is heralding Camp as waving the white flag of surrender regarding the House Republican majority pledge to do whatever is required to repeal Obamacare, whether that's in 2011 or 2012 or 2013. Maybe Huffpo misquoted Camp. Maybe Camp simply means repeal is dead this year because the Democrats control the Senate and Obama is in the White House.

Here's the problem: Even if that's what Camp meant, why he is saying today, the first day of those budget talks being led by Vice President Joe Biden in Blair House? Why would he say it any time before the present Congress is adjourned? Why would he say it as long as the public remains steadfastly in favor of repeal?

Saying things like that which concede critical negotiating points of strength before the negotiating heats up is a symptom of RDD. The Examiner has asked Camp's spokesman for clarification. Go here for the complete Huffpo piece.

UPDATE: Camp spokesman says boss focused on Senate Dems

Michelle Dimarob, Camp's spokesman, responded to The Examiner by saying "Camp was referring to the political reality of moving full repeal in the Senate – to that reality he did agree that full repeal cannot be moved in the current political climate."


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