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It begins: GOP inching away from campaign to repeal ObamaCare
HotAir Blog ^ | March 31, 2010 | Allahpundit

Posted on 03/31/2010 6:25:17 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian

The thinking is that it won’t play well in some states, like Illinois, where the GOP’s got a shot at an unlikely pick-up, so rather than push some monolithic “repeal it” message nationwide, they’re going to let local candidates decide how much they want to push it or not. Which is politically savvy, but not a big confidence-booster in terms of their determination to roll this thing back should they get the numbers in Congress to do so.

Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law…

Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California…

Asked if he advises Republican Senate candidates to call for repealing the law, Cornyn said: “Candidates are going to test the winds in their own states. … In some places, the health care bill is more popular than others.”

On Tuesday, Cornyn issued a 1,280-word campaign memo that mentioned “repeal” only once. It did not advocate repeal but noted that in a recent poll, “46 percent of respondents support a full repeal” of the health law.


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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: gop; obamacare; rino; rnc; romney; romney4obama; romneyantigop; romneycare
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1 posted on 03/31/2010 6:25:17 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Repeal is useless. Court injunction and SCOTUS overturn is a sure bet.


2 posted on 03/31/2010 6:26:53 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Test away...GOP better start listening to the tea partyers or they will be as extinct as dinosaurs....


3 posted on 03/31/2010 6:26:56 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Remember: The purpose of a candidate is to get elected. The purpose of an incumbent is to get re-elected.

Borrowed but true...


4 posted on 03/31/2010 6:27:51 PM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
What's it going to take?
5 posted on 03/31/2010 6:28:54 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
The thinking is that it won’t play well in some states...

Like only a Dim can win the MA Senate seat and Scott Brown would have lost if he had opposed Obamacare?

6 posted on 03/31/2010 6:29:24 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: Cheap_Hessian

The distracting screaming about racism and violence isn’t helping.


7 posted on 03/31/2010 6:30:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cheap_Hessian

And they wonder why the Tea Party people aren’t necessarily eager to be identified as Republicans.


8 posted on 03/31/2010 6:31:09 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

After 2010 election House has to be pressured into defunding this until 2012


9 posted on 03/31/2010 6:31:17 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Cool heads prevail)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Illinois isn’t really a pickup. It’s that crummy Kirk.


10 posted on 03/31/2010 6:31:50 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: historyrepeatz
Repeal is useless. Court injunction and SCOTUS overturn is a sure bet.

Maybe. All roads are uphill.

But the fact that the GOP is already looking wobbly on this bodes very ill for this country. IMO, a lack of resolve and commitment by the Republican Party is more likely to bring about armed conflict (eventually) when those that would resist tyranny realize they have no hope in the political arena. And I place little hope in the judicial one. The SC will sell us out 4 years from now.

11 posted on 03/31/2010 6:32:47 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: choctaw man
Remember: The purpose of a candidate is to get elected. The purpose of an incumbent is to get re-elected.

Not if they're Republicans....

12 posted on 03/31/2010 6:37:16 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Sorry folks, the fix appears to be in. This predictably may divide the Conservative vote and put the Rats back in for another run, if the GOP doesn't get its feces in the same bag.

Not one of those on Capitol Hill was unaware that Obama did not need their votes to get this through, and now that political theater no longer demands such a monolithic approach, candidates are already waffling.

Acceptance of this crap will only lead to more of the same ol' same ol'...

If we don't keep their feet to the fire, we're getting chucked under the bus again!

13 posted on 03/31/2010 6:37:21 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Republican “leadership” wants to get in on the swag from running Big Gov’t - no way they will repeal any of it.


14 posted on 03/31/2010 6:37:30 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I don’t think our candidates should be in lock step like the dem’s. They should be running on fiscal responsibility, honesty and what they firmly believe. If a candidate is truly conservative, but he doesn’t say “I denounce Obummercare”... it doesn’t mean he won’t attempt to repeal. We can’t just expect every candidate to run on ONE singular issue. There’s a lot of work to do to make sure this Health Care fiasco is undun and a lot of evil to un-do.
Please, get off this “our way or the highway” attitude. It will just cause another DIM to win. Let the conservatives and Republicans win the seats, lets get control of the house and senate and that means the IN-Fighting has got to stop. Dethrone the DIM’s. Period. This is it. We can deal with the RINO’s and slime in the party once we gain our majority again. I mean, if we haven’t learned anything from the Pelosi/Reid team...we are doomed.


15 posted on 03/31/2010 6:42:14 PM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: Cheap_Hessian

“Inching” is what worms do.


16 posted on 03/31/2010 6:44:48 PM PDT by chris37
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Either another U.S. civil war, or another U.S. revolution would successfully bring back the political clout of conservatism, but, IMHO, this should of actually happened twenty years ago, instead of not happening at all to this point in time. Also, the GOP keeps caving to the left on way too many issues over way too many years, even when the GOP is in the political majority!


17 posted on 03/31/2010 6:45:03 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: nagdt
None of this is sourced to a name, or names.

Most likely David Frum getting even.

18 posted on 03/31/2010 6:45:06 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: hstacey
...GOP better start listening to the tea partyers or they will be as extinct as dinosaurs....

What is the tea party saying in Illinois? Last time I checked their primary candidate lost.

19 posted on 03/31/2010 6:46:05 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: historyrepeatz

This is savy. Without a POTUS they can’t “repeal” it anyway. Once in the majority we can leave funding out of the budget and shut down government until 0 signs it.


20 posted on 03/31/2010 6:50:06 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.JDforsenate.com)
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To: muawiyah

more libbie propaganda....


21 posted on 03/31/2010 6:50:35 PM PDT by ak267
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To: hstacey

Must do the work of getting individual candidates on record as supporting repeal or not. Support the ones that do, support the opponents of ones that do not. Whether the GOP proper supports repeal is immaterial. What matters is votes - and there is no way around counting votes one-by-one.


22 posted on 03/31/2010 6:51:46 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: All

What this calls for are leaders and an ass-whipping in 2010/2012


23 posted on 03/31/2010 6:52:00 PM PDT by ak267
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To: muawiyah

A Repub Senator from Tenn said today....NO REPEAL.

I say NO VOTES FOR REPUBLICANS.

Time to sack DC.


24 posted on 03/31/2010 6:52:32 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: nagdt
We need a choice for smaller government. The RINO's look like they are tempted to hold Conservatives hostage yet again, and I am getting tired of holding my nose when I vote in the general election. The Republican Party needs to dump their leadership or direction... if they don't then they risk splitting in the party.
25 posted on 03/31/2010 6:53:27 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
As far as I'm concerned the GOP replacements for the socialist 'rats have one and only one job when they get in office: repeal every single socialist policy enacted by these un-American, anti-American fascist socialists.

In my book, the socialist takeover of the healthcare industry is at the top of that list. The banks, car companies, and student loan programs can come next. Then they need to work on spending, balancing the budget and reducing taxes.

Any candidate that doesn't believe that is their first and only priority (until accomplished) need not even try to get my vote.

26 posted on 03/31/2010 6:53:57 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: roses of sharon
Alexander?

He's a loser. What's he know about anything.

27 posted on 03/31/2010 6:57:58 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Tennessean4Bush

Good point.


28 posted on 03/31/2010 7:00:56 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: muawiyah

While it’s true none of the sources are named, should the Republican leadership have any desires to move away from this issue, then there would definitely be major Tea Party candidates.


29 posted on 03/31/2010 7:01:10 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Then each state should be financially responsible for their own health care systems. No state should be the piggy bank for another.

Hard to take candy from a big fat progressive selfish baby. But if you show that another baby in the next state is taking advantage of you and getting a little bit more candy than they ‘deserve’, well, watch what happens!


30 posted on 03/31/2010 7:02:24 PM PDT by Doctor DNA (To serve Man - Tuesdays: Half off!)
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To: mac_truck

I don’t know..I do know, the GOP as it stands now is no longer conservative. They need to move farther to the right or they will lose votes...


31 posted on 03/31/2010 7:03:12 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Always looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


32 posted on 03/31/2010 7:03:37 PM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
The GOP will continue to be utter failures in national elections so long as they continue to dilute the party message and try for ‘big tent’ approaches.

Yes, we conservatives sometimes vote for the lesser of two evils, but more and more conservatives are no longer considering doing that, and will only vote for candidates that will actually support their viewpoints, even if that means third party or simply skipping that portion of the ballot.

While it might make the liberal media warm and fuzzy inside to have two candidates try to out liberal each other, the reality is that elections are supposed to be about choice. Right now, the GOP is intending upon presenting the choice of ‘not quite as bad as they are’, which is a train wreck in the making. Those who support liberal policies will scoff and just vote for the out of the closet liberal, and those who are against them will look at the not quite as liberal candidate and wonder why they even bother voting.

Mind, millions of conservative voters stay home each election day, millions of votes just hanging out there.

33 posted on 03/31/2010 7:03:46 PM PDT by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: muawiyah

Corker.

I’m done.

Done with Republicans, of which up until today I always was proud to say I was a Republican, and had many a row with some here over the years.

I am going 3rd party now or something more radical, since it does not matter anymore.


34 posted on 03/31/2010 7:03:54 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: JimWayne
Honestly, being a resident in Mass, Scott Brown's victory had more to do with him being a great candidate (good looking and charismatic) and Croakley being an arrogant smug witch who thought she was entitled to the seat. He won for the same reasons Obama did as much as I hate to say it. Brown and Hussien O. are both empty suits. Most dems/independents I knew out here voted for Brown for these reasons and not really about health care. People out here are too stupid for complex issues like that (sorry to any freepers here). What Brown did do was energize conservatives around the country which we should be grateful for. We can win in a deep blue state under the right circumstances.
35 posted on 03/31/2010 7:03:58 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Anyone shocked?

The Reps refused to overturn the assault weapons ban or brady bans.....


36 posted on 03/31/2010 7:05:08 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: hstacey
They need to move farther to the right or they will lose votes...

They already did lose votes. You would think that they'd learn from their mistakes.

37 posted on 03/31/2010 7:07:49 PM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: meyer

I guess they also need the bat up side the head to get their attention...And I thought it was just the democrats. Dumba$$es...


38 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:33 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Their argument is that no entitlement has been repealed before but that’s when people thought they were getting something for nothing.

Not the case here, most people know they’re getting less than they already have for an astronomical price. And the only thing anyone’s really getting for the next few years is steep increases in our premiums, higher taxes from everyone, and the destruction of the greatest healthcare system in the world.

Hasn’t happened yet though and can still be stopped if these damn politicians would just understand that this is NOT politics as usual.


39 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:58 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Cheap_Hessian

The goal of repeal before 2013 is unrealistic anyway. Even if Republicans regained both houses of Congress, a repeal would be vetoed by Obama anyway.

The BEST legislative strategy to stop ObamaCare is simply for the Congress to REFUSE to authorize any funds for it. Defund it, and it won’t MATTER if it’s on the books. THAT has to the the Republican’s goal between now and 2013.

On the other hand, as others have mentioned, multiple lawsuits, State nullification, and judicial review by the SCOTUS are the better immediate routes. And if somehow ObamaCare gets past all that and the Republicans WERE to fund it — then individual NON-COMPLIANCE would be the next step. That would gum up the works right good....


40 posted on 03/31/2010 7:10:25 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Republicans dont really like big government unless its their big government run by compassionate conservatives.


41 posted on 03/31/2010 7:11:22 PM PDT by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I am not disappointed by the Republicans.

How can I be disappointed when I fully expected them to pussy out on this just like they do everything else.

The Republicans are going to act just like they always do, with their same tired old message of “Vote for us because we have a different name than those other guys”.

Quite frankly I blame the Republican party for the mess this country is in just as much as the Democrat/Communist party. The Republicans could have fought and stopped this. They chose not to. To hell with them. To hell with them all.


42 posted on 03/31/2010 7:15:15 PM PDT by Nik Naym (My new business plan : open a chain of stores that sell hot tar, feathers, rope, and lamp posts.)
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To: Rocky

I’m in favor of conservatives taking back the Republican Party.

But if the GOP pushes through a RINO in 2012 as our nominee just as they did in 2008, and that RINO loses to Obama, then it’s time for the Tea Party to become an actual political party. The GOP has two chances left.....one in 2010 and the other in 2012. No more after that if they mess up.....


43 posted on 03/31/2010 7:19:52 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation ("And when the Antichrist comes, millions will love him." Remind you of anyone?)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Pathetic.


44 posted on 03/31/2010 7:20:50 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
That is exactly why we cannot have Romney as the nominee. Talk about a disaster in the making with that guy. Also, it is too bad the Huckster likes spending money so much, he is a good guy and a great speaker.
45 posted on 03/31/2010 7:25:08 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: mrsixpack36; Cheap_Hessian; historyrepeatz; hstacey; choctaw man; TruthHound; JimWayne; ...
RNC response to President Chaz Bono(D) in 2030:

The Republican Party is strongly opposed to the President's plan to undermine the nation's health care plan by extending it to dolphins.

We, as all good Americans, were happy to see former President Obama's health care initiative enacted into law in 2010. Although our party fought it at the time, we believe that we have been able to work with the Democrat party over the past 20 years to turn it into a workable plan that we can all be proud of.

We were very supportive of extending the plan to cover fertility treatments for gay couples, gender reassignment surgery, and even covering the more highly evolved apes such as gorillas and chimpanzees.

However we must stand opposed to this latest outrage. Dolphins simply are not intelligent enough to deal with the paperwork requirements of maintaining one's health in todays United States. And we are all aware that dolphins are not capable of holding pens and so are unable to fill out all the required forms.

Please stand with us in opposing this outrageous extension to a long-standing and honorable program that has helped so many Americans in so many ways.

46 posted on 03/31/2010 7:28:07 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Perfect, needs its own thread!


47 posted on 03/31/2010 7:32:20 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Right on. If they win and suck then time to create a new party. If they lose because they won’t oppose then also time to create a new party. Also if they keep trying to push crap on us then it will be time to create a new party. They have no time to waste in doing the right things or the people will revolt and they will be as much disdained as the Democrats. And so another party will have to emerge.


48 posted on 03/31/2010 7:33:09 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Cheap_Hessian

top republicans will soon be bottom republicans if they blow this chance to come to the aid of the country


49 posted on 03/31/2010 7:38:00 PM PDT by The Wizard (I support Madam President, the only President in America today)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

I just called one of his Texas offices (his DC voice mail was full), and gave them an ear full!

I called his Texas office a few weeks back and spoke to one of his staffers; this poor guy was getting inundated with complaints that forced this idiot to “clarify” his statements.

I know we’re sick of it, but we must keep on letting idiots like this know, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS POS LEGISLATION TO STAND!

Here are his office numbers…please call now!

DC Office
Main: 202-224-2934
Fax: 202-228-2856

Houston, TX
Main: 713-572-3337
Fax: 713-572-3777

San Antonio, TX
Main: 210-224-7485
Fax: 210-224-8569


50 posted on 03/31/2010 7:44:09 PM PDT by Artcore
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