Is the high-profile fight over funding of Obamacare is helping or hurting conservatives?
Had there not been the fight over its funding, undoubtedly Obamacare would already have been fully funded. Grassroots conservatives’ enthusiasm would be much less than it currently is, and their enthusiasm is absolutely necessary for conservative victories in coming elections and legislative battles.
Whether they admit it or not, the official Republican leadership is right now stronger than they would have been had there not been the current fight against funding Obamacare. Had the leadership joined the Democrats in funding Obamacare, the conservative grassroots would now be split between those steaming mad and riled up at the party leadership and those newly apathetic due to disgust at them.
I do not buy the argument that, if not for the funding battle, the news media would now be flooding the country with powerful stories about failures in the implementation of Obamacare. The national media I know have proved beyond doubt that they are perfectly capable of ignoring, burying, or ridiculing national scandals which, if well exposed, would embarrass Obama and his leftist allies.
Conservatives are stronger now and will be stronger in the long run because of the current fight against funding Obamacare.
Those who affect horror at the idea of defunding Obamacare probably aren’t familiar with James Madison’s wise argument for checks and balances as a protection against abusive government. Madison wrote in Federalist No. 58:
“This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”