By Alicia M. Cohn - 06/07/12 06:29 PM EDT
And for those who are just confused by the whole debate or need a refresher, the NRCC offers a rapid history of so-called ObamaCare in a "90 seconds to repeal" video posted above the petition form.
The video explains the history of the Republican perspective on the healthcare bill through pop culture references and quotes, including Vice President Joe Biden’s memorable and off-the-cuff description of its passage as a “big f---ing deal.”
"It was less of a big f---ing deal and more a big f---ing disaster,” the video declares, complete with bleeping sounds for the explicit language.
The NRCC also released a series of videos advertising the petition and driving users to a central location at the Tumblr blog, including one featuring NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) with a two-dimensional QR code on his boot that directs users — who are likely on smartphones — that scan the matrix to the petition site. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appears in another video with a QR code behind him.
Users who sign the petition are in for another treat, because the NRCC has also set up a livestream through UStream where users can watch their name printed out in real time on a NRCC printer and added to a growing stack of petitions demanding repeal.
The petition form also offers the option to users to submit their Twitter usernames when they sign the petition. When they do, a Twitter account called @NRCCprinter, which aims to speak for the busy, multi-tasking printer, automatically checks to see if users are signed up for influence-scoring service Klout. If they have a score over 30, they get a joking tweet from the personified — and potentially overworked — printer:
The NRCC’s petition won’t mean much to the Supreme Court, but it will help build resistance among activists and GOP voters, many of whom turned out in droves in 2010 shortly after the legislation was signed into law.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday found that nearly seven in 10 Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn all or part of the president’s signature legislation, with 41 percent in favor of complete repeal and 27 percent in favor of just taking out the individual mandate, which has been the most controversial part of the bill.