EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Mitch McConnell Declares Surrender on Obamacare
Joining Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell is declaring surrender on Obamacare.
He will no longer fight it.
You’d never know that if you paid attention to his preferred words about Obamacare at CPAC. McConnell told the crowd that “Obamacare should be repealed root and branch.” He also told the crowd that those who think he’s given up the fight are wrong. He pledged to continue to fight.
I call bull.
The part of his speech that McConnell hopes you ignore is him saying, “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.” He’s also signaling that the Senate Republicans will neither filibuster the continuing resolution nor shut down the government.
The continuing resolution is the best vehicle to use as a fight to defund Obamacare. Republicans will not, despite their rhetoric right now, fight on the debt ceiling to undermine Obamacare. This is the fight.
McConnell has a history of throwing red meat to the crowd then turning his back on them. Last February, Jim DeMint offered an amendment to defund Obamacare. McConnell refused to offer it up as a Republican amendment in the Senate because he did not want to anger Harry Reid. The backlash caused McConnell to promise a month long PR campaign about Obamacare the following month.
It never happened.
John Boehner’s back to claiming we have no debt crisis and that he wants to cut spending, so defunding Obamacare can’t happen. Yes, rationalize that.
Mitch McConnell is claiming he’ll fight to kill Obamacare, but won’t actually fight to kill Obamacare.
Both of these men have been in Washington since 1985. They have no understanding of the real world burdens of Obamacare so they have no incentive to actually do what it will take to defund Obamacare. They are experts in throwing red meat to rally the base, but then never deliver. They blame others and insist we keep them in power fight.
But they have no deliverables, just rhetoric and $16 trillion in national debt.
They and their respective conferences are chickens. Game over until we can replace either McConnell or Boehner and use their defeat as an example.