After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash. The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft. Amid all of that, if you tried to get Obamacare through an internet search engine, you probably got scammed. "[S]ome of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official sites," reports UPI.
This is the backdrop to the fight to defund Obamacare. Some pundits claim if it were not for the shutdown the press would have covered the disastrous launch. A press that has refused to cover all the painful stories of people harmed by Obamacare would never do this. Consider MSNBC, which like the North Korean propaganda ministry, claims the website crashes were because Obamacare is too popular.
Riiiiggghhhhhtttt. That gets us to Congress and the embarrassing performance of John Cornyn and a bunch of House staffers.
John Cornyn is just vomiting all over himself about the shutdown. He was positively worthless yesterday. The man who has been all over Texas yelling that he wants to defund Obamacare — and if you don't believe him see his web ads — made it perfectly clear he'd like to surrender as quickly as possible.
Texas can thank God Almighty that John Cornyn wasn't at the Alamo. What an embarrassment.
Then there are John Boehner and Eric Cantor's staff. Good grief. If you sprinkled salt on them they'd shrivel up.
I am not sure who wants to surrender faster — House leadership staff or John Cornyn. They have done nothing but spend two months strategizing how to lose.
When Senator Mike Lee said the House should just put off the Obamacare fight and instead focus on funding other parts of government, Cantor and Boehner's staff and John Cornyn seized on the statement and blatantly misrepresented what Lee meant. They claimed Lee was declaring surrender when he was not doing that at all.
Look, House and Senate Republicans are perfectly happy to castrate themselves in public if they can blame Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. We are going to have to forcibly stiffen their spines by making sure they know there are real consequences if they cave.
It is notable that after Cruz and Lee suggested a piecemeal funding approach, the House did that. Perhaps we should just sit back and let Cruz and Lee run this thing. They seem to be the only two leaders willing to fight.
They have zero incentive to cave early. We should not like them cut deals on the medical device tax or the Vitter amendment. If you don't believe they will find a way around the Vitter amendment, just you look at all the media reports that behind the scenes John Boehner has been working aggressively, preemptively to do so.
The Vitter amendment and the medical device tax are shiny objects designed to make you clap like a seal while Boehner, Cantor, Cornyn, and McConnell cave on funding and implementing Obamacare.
Friends, you absolutely must keep the pressure on congressional Republicans to hold the line. The longer they keep passing appropriations bills to fund the government, the more this is clearly about Barack Obama. The President would rather starve veterans than spare America his healthcare plan.
Keep pressuring Republicans. They must hold this line. They must not cave. In particular, conservative Republicans in the House need to know we expect them to fight for us and defund Obamacare.
Behind the scenes, our side is scared to death. But if they'll just shut John Cornyn up and ignore leadership staff, this fight is ours to win. Vitter and the medical tax are unacceptable compromises. The only acceptable path forward is to defund Obamacare. It may take a month. It may take two months. But if the GOP keeps passing legislation to fund the government, then it becomes Obama's burden, not theirs.
Hold this line.