What shameless Chicago-style thuggery from the Republican party has David Axelrod so upset today? It turns out GOP leaders in the senate “issued a stern warning” to the NFL this week, advising the organization to not let itself be used as a tool of the government to help sell Obamacare to a skeptical public.

“It is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion,” Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to the NFL and five other sports organizations. We’re not experts on threats, but that seems to be where the “or else” would come in. It must have been persuasive enough, as the NFL announced yesterday it had “no plans” to team up with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius any time soon.

Something tells us the NFL and other organizations would be thrilled to be associated with Obamacare if it were as popular as Axelrod believes. Why can’t the GOP just lay off and let it be the roaring success it’s destined to be?


Can we at least agree with Axelrod that threats and intimidation have no place in politics?


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