Skip to comments.Senate GOP Leader McConnell Pledges Guerrilla Warfare to ‘Eliminate’ ObamaCare
Posted on 11/05/2010 6:37:13 AM PDT by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged that Republicans will do everything they can to roll back and eliminate the unpopular health care reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law in March, including taking it apart piece-by-piece if necessary.
McConnell, speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Thursday, said that Republicans in both chambers of Congress would attempt to repeal the bill in its entirety. Should that effort fail, Republicans will then turn to guerrilla tactics to stop the unpopular legislation.
On health care, that means we can, and should, propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly, said McConnell. But we cant expect the president to sign it.
So well also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions, he said. At the same time, well need to continue educating the public about the ill-effects of this bill on individuals young and old, families, and small businesses.
McConnell spoke directly about the Republicans limited ability to get rid of the new law, highlighting that Democrats still control the Senate and Obama is still president. McConnell sought to explain that Republicans will do what they can to carry out the mandate of Tuesdays midterm victories while injecting a dose of realism into GOP exuberance.
Today, Democrats not only have the White House, said McConnell. They have the Senate too. So we have to be realistic about what we can and cannot achieve, while at the same recognizing that realism should never be confused with capitulation.
McConnell recognizing that electoral victories may not translate into legislative victories -- said Republicans would use oversight and obstruction to prevent any back-door attempt to implement left-wing policies that he claimed the public had rejected.
We may not be able to bring about straight repeal in the next two years, and we may not win every vote against targeted provisions, even though we should have bipartisan support for some, said McConnell. But we can compel administration officials to attempt to defend this indefensible health spending bill and other costly, government-driven measures, like the stimulus [spending] and financial reform.
Through oversight well also keep a spotlight on the various agencies the administration will now use to advance through regulation what it cant through legislation, said McConnell. Potential backdoor efforts in this area could include imposing a new national energy tax through the EPA now that cap-and-trade is dead; additional health care provisions through HHS; Card Check through the National Labor Relations Board; and some form of immigration change through the use of administrative amnesty and the selective enforcement of our laws.
McConnell also said that Republicans would stop the liberal onslaught by trying to eliminate the new health care law, cut spending, and by opposing loudly any further attempts at stimulus spending.
We will stop the liberal onslaught, he said. We will make the case for repeal of the health spending bill even as we vote to eliminate its worst parts. We will vote to freeze and cut discretionary spending. We will fight to make sure that any spending bill that reaches the Senate floor is amendable, so members can vote for the spending cuts Americans are asking for. We will push to bring up and vote for House passed spending rescission bills.
On the economy, we will work hard to ensure Democrats dont raise taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession. We will loudly oppose future stimulus bills that only stimulate the deficit and fight any further job-killing regulations. We will fight tooth and nail on behalf of Americans struggling to find and create jobs.
In an obvious ode to Tea Party criticisms of Republicans past performance, McConnell said that the new Republican contingent would focus on doing a few things well rather than trying to re-engineer society.
Another obstacle is the temptation to over-read our task. Its my view that Americans are no more interested in a Republican plan for using government to reengineer society than they were in the Democrats plan to do so. Government has limits, thank heavens, and voters want us to respect them. Thats why Republicans will focus on doing a few things well.
Obozo knows as much about hand-to-hand combat as a pig knows about applying lipstick and sunday school.
I know you’ve seen this pussy toss a baseball.
Hand to hand combat would no doubt earn him a spot in the mis-managed Arlington Cemetery.
With the mood of the country being what it is and the pummeling the commies took on Tuesday, I doubt the Republicans would have much trouble convincing a dozen democrats to come over to their side.
Be careful.. you wouldn't want to painted as a "Cat Herd" would you..
Herding Cats is a nasty vexing business..
Hard to be a guerrilla fighter when your comrades McStain, Grahmesty and the sister Betrayers of Maine shoving a blade in your back at every turn.
Democrats are still politicians. 23 of them from the Senate will have to fight for reelection in 2012, many in red states. There is a civil war behind the scenes between old-school Democrats and the new radicals. They have the goods on Obama; neither he nor Reid have any leverage on senators in danger in ‘12. Not after the 2nd.
Look for some scandals to start breaking concerning the administration and even Reid and Pelosi. Pelosi crafted her own noose by stating that we would have to pass it to find out what’s in it. A slippery Dem just needs to plead ignorance - they trusted the leadership was acting ethically, when that wasn’t the case.
They have smiles for the cameras, but that’s not the reality.
Uh no he didn’t say that in toto. You haven’t read all of what McConnell said in the latest PR release. Only a portion is in this thread.
He said that we would have to settle for passing legislation to deconstruct parts of Obamacare.
What I said is that you should not let him play those cards, because it allows him to think we approve of his piecemeal approach.
You should understand McConnell is a consumate compromiser who will sell us out in the name of ‘realism’. He has a long history of telling folks like you what your ears want to hear but then backing off in the name of ‘realism’.
What I said is that he should propose only legislation that repeals the entire mess regardless of ‘realism’.
Here’s an analogy:
Dad gets laid off. Mom McConnell says oh well, guess we have to cancel our family vacation to Disneyland and settle for a cheaper vacation to Six Flags because we have to act with ‘realism’.
We should say to Mom McConnell that we don’t need to do either until Dad is fully employed again. Instead we should camp out at City Hall with children, friends and family and have a barbecue protest.
What you are falling for is McConnell’s poker tactics that he uses on people like you.
He is giving you a choice: realism or fantasy 2011. And you should say I refuse both and will take the new realism of 2012, and in the meantime I want you to referee and block the bastards.
McConnell thinks he has to do something in the form of legislation. No he doesn’t. He has to do something in the form of oversight, block, investigations and prosecutions in manner that enhances Wave II of the battle to be in 2012.
Pledges Guerrilla Warfare
What were they doing the last 10 years, reconning pansy gardens?
We could have used some ‘guerilla warfare’ a few years back, Mitch. Enjoy the new set, before they rust.