Let me be blunt. If you are opposed to using the Continuing Resolution to de-fund Obamacare because you are afraid that conservatives and the GOP might take the blame in the media, then you are a political coward.
It's as simple as that.
Now there's a caveat here - if you have a better plan, bring it forward and convince us that you have a different idea. Thus far, all of the myriad of bills passed in the House have accomplished exactly nothing. So what's your plan for reversing course on Obamacare? Do you have a plan? Or do you just plan to do the equivalent of crawling into a fetal position in the closet and cowering in fear?
There are a lot of folks floating around out there who prefer the fetal position plan. They moan about how we'll take the blame and we'll look bad and the media will beat us up and it might hurt us in 2014. I have heard a couple of people using pithy platitudes like "it'll collapse under its own weight". Really? Just what exactly does that mean? Do you honestly think the Democrats will simply say "Welp. It's not working. We tried and failed. Guess we'll just let this one drop." I think not. If nothing else, it'll just get worse (single-payer, anyone?).
If the media beats us up....tough. This is one place where we have to suck it up and not be gutless wonders.
Look, we won on the sequester by holding firm and not giving in. Lo and behold, nothing happened. The world didn't come to an end, spending is down, and the only ones whining about it still are the Democrats who got their butts whupped. They are still trying - unsuccessfully - to blame us, and Barack Obama tries laughable tactics such as telling the military that he'll end across-the-board cuts. Pretty comical, considering the sequester cuts to the military were his idea. Yet the media has moved on and I would venture to say that not a single Republican 2014 candidate will hear a word about it from anyone they care about (ie. anyone who would vote for them).
There are some on our side who think Obamacare is "settled law" and that we can't win. They think it's over. Prohibition was "settled law" also...and the nation passed a second Constitutional amendment to overturn it. Laws against abortion were "settled law" until the infanticide lobby managed to find Supreme Court justices who saw imaginary content in the Constitution (That fight's not over either, by the way).
To borrow from Bluto in Animal House, "NOTHING is over until WE say it is."
The Left thinks we will cave if they turn on the media demonization machine. And we do have a lousy track record on this, so they have reason to believe it. But Obamacare is already so damaging to this nation and its economy that this is the ONE thing that we absolutely, positively must win. The Democrats rammed this abomination through without a single GOP vote. The country hates it. The people of the US want it defunded. Jobs are clearly being lost because of it (and I have personal experience with this, by the way).
This is a must-win.
Senator Ted Cruz said it perfectly at the Redstate Gathering - we must not blink. We must de-fund it, we must stand by the de-funding plan, and we must not back down, no matter what.
Do not be a coward. Do not blink.