Skip to comments.McConnell Opponent Matt Bevin Accuses GOP Of ‘Absolute Surrender’ On Obamacare
Posted on 09/11/2013 5:27:12 AM PDT by cotton1706
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnells (R-KY) conservative challenger on Monday accused Republican leaders of surrender on Obamacare for refusing to risk a government shutdown over defunding the law.
It is a surrender. I think sadly it has more to do with not wanting to rock the boat for reelection, Matt Bevin, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, told TPM in a wide-ranging interview. Its an absolute surrender a cop out to say theyre for repeal, but not for defunding Obamacare. Thats an absolute cop out.
Bevin, a well-funded businessman from Louisville, is seeking to oust the Senate minority leader in the states Republican primary next spring. He rejected the view, espoused by GOP leaders, that its impractical to withhold votes for funding the government when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 unless Obamacare is defunded. Senior Republicans say they lack the votes in the Senate and, having learned their lessons from the shutdown debacles of the 1990s, have resisted the quixotic strategy even as conservatives mount an all-out push.
I am not convinced that Democrats are willing to shut the government down. I say vote to fund everything else, even things were opposed to, in exchange for not funding Obamacare, Bevin said. That way its a pure play this is about funding Obamacare or not. And defund it in its entirety. I dont believe the Democrats or the president would be willing to jam this down peoples throats. I think they would blink and defund this and give it a one-year pass. Thats exactly what Republicans should hold them to. Let the Democrats blink.
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Bevin pulled no punches against McConnell, accusing him of refusing to embrace the Obamacare shutdown push out of political expediency. This is a man who is unwilling to lead, the Kentucky businessman told TPM. He is unfit to lead and he should be removed. And that is what Im trying to do. People are fed up with this.
A McConnell campaign spokesperson didnt respond to a request for comment.
In a memo to Republicans last Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) promised more votes to systematically derail the train wreck that is Obamacare but steered clear of the shutdown strategy.
TPM pressed Bevin on the unlikelihood of the president neutering his own signature achievement, and the political dangers for the GOP of shutting down the government. He held firm, saying its not the job of lawmakers to govern on the basis of reelection.
To me theres way too much governing that is determined in that fashion. This isnt about just getting re-elected, he said. Its about doing the right thing. Its about putting principle over power. And that is something that has not been done for a long, long time.
The RINOs should be having nightmares after the CO recalls yesterday. If every voter who opposes ObamaCare shows up to vote in the primaries next year, many of them will be fired. The two-faced scam will be up, and they can go to the K Street lobbying firms that hire washed-up politicians after they lose.
All the predictions about the Republicans holding the House and re-taking the Senate are premature, at best.
If Obamacare is not shut down, I expect the Republicans will pay a significant price—They’re just too insulated/frightened to see that eventuality.
Not only will I not vote for my current Republican representative, I will vote for anyone running against him in both a primary and the general election; even if I vote for a Democrat for the first time in my life.
3rd party (Tea Party) rising...
Call Cantor and tell him we will NOT be fooled by his cowardly attempt to dodge responsibility for funding Obamacare!
Yes CANTOR....in the House....Coward!
Obamas interest in invading non-enemy Syria has nothing to do with Syria, poison gas, or children.
Obamas interest in bombing non-enemy Syria has everything to do with creating a long-lasting, controversial, DISTRACTION for Congress in order to keep Congress from defunding Obamacare/Boehnerkare.
Obamas Red Herring for the 9-11 Benghazi Massacre Coverup was Susan Rices fake Video story.
Obamas Red Herring for distracting Congress until Obamacare/ Boehnerkare kicks in October 1 is Obamas Crossing HIS personal Red Line distraction speech.
Obama speaks only for Obama, not the US Federal Government or America.
REMEMBER BENGHAZI !
Jellyfish Spine Boehner as Speaker of the House is essential to Obamas continued unchallenged destruction of the US Constitution.
Nothing will change as long as cave-in artists Boehner and Cantor are in leadership roles in the US House of Representatives.
If Boehner is replaced as Speaker with a fighter such as Col. Allen West, then the Articles of Impeachment for B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, can be quickly issued.
The problem is not with Obama, as he is just doing what Communist Tyrants are trained to do.
The problem is not with Boehner, as he loves to lose and wallow in the disgrace of being the worst Speaker of the House, EVER.
The problem lies with our sorry, spineless, RINOs in the House who refuse to replace Boehner with a proven fighter.
BTW, the members of the House can choose anybody to be their Speaker, even if that person is not a current Member of the House.
Tick-tock, long-time House RINOs, tick-tock - - - - .
When is this primary and general election ? AP writing style used be mandatory to have that inserted into the lead or in the body copy of the first paaragraphs. They discontinued that practice which is one reason some of these turnouts are what they are.
Yep—Better to be stabbed from the front by a known enemy than stabbed from behind by a false friend.
Not just surrender but the GOPe is complicit, they really have no desire to undo Obamacare
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