There are Republicans in Washington that like the current status quo. They want Obamacare to live on so they can campaign against it for the next 30 years, just like Republicans have been campaigning on eliminating the Department of Education since Reagan. They want the government to remain in its current massive, bloated, cumbersome, centralized state so that one day they can have their turn at being in control of it.
These status quo Republicans often direct their harshest criticisms and pointed remarks at conservatives and members of the Tea Party than they do towards the Democrats.
From style and substance, to strategy and tactics these Republicans who find the status quo fine and dandy are helping the Democrats ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections.
Byron York at the Washington Examiner writes:
The House will stay Republican.
Unless it doesn’t. Behind the scenes — in whispered asides, not for public consumption — some Republicans are now worried that keeping the House is not such a done deal after all. They look back to two elections, 1998 and 2006, in which Republicans seriously underperformed expectations, and they wonder if 2014 might be a little like those two unhappy years.
“The majority is at risk,” says one well-connected Republican strategist. “It should be a good year, but you need to run like you’re trying to win, and you need a good, solid strategy.”
The current course of action for the status quo Republicans is to act like, and pander like, Democrats-lite while simultaneously depressing and alienating the GOP base especially on two key issues; defunding Obamacare, or more accurately for the status quo Republicans having zero intention of defunding Obamacare, and trying to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
On the Obamacare front Daniel Horowitz writes at RedState:
Roll Call reports that Mitch McConnell is publicly espousing the view that he has always held privately:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd at a health care forum in Kentucky on Tuesday that while he does not like the president’s health care law, shutting down the government over funding it “will not stop” it from existing.
“I’m for stopping Obamacare, but shutting down the government will not stop Obamacare,” McConnell told the audience at Baptist Health Corbin, according to a WYMT-TV reporter at the event.
In one sentence, Mitch McConnell has articulated why the dinosaur party of the past has failed us and why we will never score points while people like him are in charge.
Moreover, this is exactly why we always lose. Instead of talking about getting rid of Obamacare and funding the government without Obamacare, GOP leaders are preemptively sabotaging the effort by talking about a government shutdown, so as to play into the messaging of Democrats. We need to talk about defunding Obamacare and have the House pass a standalone CR funding the government with a law prohibiting any funding for Obamacare. If Democrats want to shut down the government in order to throw people off their health insurance and chase doctors out of the field, that is their prerogative.
Yet, because of statements like the one from McConnell, Democrats always know with certitude that we will be the ones to blink, even on issues where the public aligns with us. It is this defeatist attitude that has saddled us with the $17 trillion in debt. In fact, the only success we’ve seen in recent years was when Republicans engaged in brinkmanship in the ’90s, and actually forced through a balanced budget and welfare reform.
With Senator McConnell joining Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Tom Cole, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Aaron Schock, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and others effectively denouncing conservatives efforts to defund Obamacare he is admitting he is more comfortable with the status quo than he is with trying to lead the charge to rid this nation of the deadly and destructive monster that is Obamacare.
When it comes to granting amnesty to the millions and millions of illegal immigrants in the country and the droves that keep coming every day we are getting things like this from Senator Marco Rubio:
“I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen,” Rubio said on Tuesday to a Florida radio station. “Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them.”
Rubio then doubled down on his insistence that for the good of the Republican Party and the nation that we have to give millions of illegals amnesty at an event in Florida.(h/t Gateway Pundit)
All of this insistence from status quo Republicans that we have to fund Obamacare and that we have to give the illegals amnesty is enough to drive a person mad to say the least because each of these issues are making it easy for Democrats to win big in 2014.
Those Republicans that vote to fund Obamacare and back amnesty that don’t get primaried will see conservative and Tea Party support for their general election campaigns vanish and without the support of the conservative GOP base Republicans won’t win, period.
Nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin said as much on his show yesterday.(transcript from The Right Scoop)
My great fear is that guys like Boehner, and quite Frankly Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor and his goofball McCarthy – they don’t get it at all. Midterm elections in particular are base elections, they are turnout elections. And they’re doing everything they can to turn us off.
Where are they standing ground and keeping ground and fighting? Instead it’s ‘no no we’re not going to shut down the government’. Even if that’s your ultimate view, why do you reveal that to the leftists and the media? It’s like playing poker and the idiot shows his cards – and that’s what he does.
And also, amnesty? Pathway to citizenship? This is their number one issue. No?
And then we have Obamacare. The President of the United States rubbing the Republican’s noses in it, acting like he’s king…an imperial president.
‘No we’ll follow this part of the law. No I’m suspending this part of the law. No I’m deferring this part of the law.’ What the hell is that?
And what are the Republicans doing about it? Now the typical Republican response would be ‘well what do you want us to do about it?’
Here’s what I want you to do. You fools should have been, time and time again, every time he has violated the Constitution, you should have made an issue about it. You should have punished him in some way; denied him some appointee; obstructed some piece of legislation.
Draw attention to this lawlessness so the American people after a year, or two, or three of you consistently explaining it and hammering away at it would, in fact, be aware of what you’re trying to do and say!
But instead, what do we get? What do we get?
We get John McCain attacking Ted Cruz. What do we get? Chris Christie attacking Rand Paul. What do we get? Karl Rove attacking Mike Lee. The same dug-in entrenched losers who may well cost us the House of Representatives in the next election.
And do you know what Obama will do again if he controls the whole damn thing? And he’s banking on it. That’s why he’s putting all these things off. He’s sucking people in to vote for him and then he’s gonna drop the hammer. Then what do we do? ‘We don’t control any – one half of one third or anything else.’
And what are the Republicans going to do then? Blame the conservatives? Blame the Tea Party? What are they gonna do then? ‘We can’t control anything. We don’t even have one half of one third – of course you don’t! Look what you’ve squandered, the opportunity.
This president is pathetic. His policies are a disaster. We have sustained high unemployment, sustained housing problems. The economy is still on its back. He won’t secure the damn border. He’s hollowing out the military. He’s hollowing out NASA.
What the hell, he’s handing you the issues to run on! And what do you do?
You attack conservatives. Brilliant!
Brilliant indeed if the status quo Republicans keep up with their ways they will hand the Democrats the 2014 election on a silver palter, and the worst thing it doesn’t have to be this way.