By Request: The Incredible Disappearing Plan
Jon Chait writes of the latest Republican health care proposal that:
Once it was no longer useful as a weapon to stop universal health insurance, the Republican health-care plan had to be abandoned. This was the fate of every Republican health-care plan, a durable pattern I call the Heritage Uncertainty Principle. Republican health-care proposals reside in a state of quasi-existence, and any attempt to summon them into political reality will cause them to disappear. Their purpose is to refute the accusation that Republicans lack a health-care plan. The elusive quasi-plan allows them to claim all the potential benefits of health-care reform without having to defend any drawbacks. The game offers Republicans advantages they are unlikely to forfeit for the rest of the Obama era.
Commenter zic asks what other examples of this phenomenon (presumably on topics other than health care and I see no reason to limit it to Republicans) our commentariat can come up with. Discuss.