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Senate GOP Con Job: Opposition to Obamacare
National Review ^ | 9/22/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted on 09/23/2013 5:59:05 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

When he wasn’t calling for aid to the jihadi-jammed Syrian rebels this week, Senator Bob Corker was blasting fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz over the pressure the latter has put on GOP lawmakers to defund Obamacare — pressure, that is to say, to match Republican election-season posturing with real action.

Politico reports:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Thursday took a whack at Cruz over social media for leading the charge to push Republicans to back only spending bills that defund Obamacare, which many in his own party have predicted will result in a government shutdown blamed on Republicans.

“I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count — the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position,” Corker said, a clear reference to the Harvard- and Princeton-educated Cruz.

Corker obviously didn’t need an Ivy League education in order to master the ways of Washington. Just six months ago, he liked Cruz’s “defunding box canyon” so much, he voted in favor it. All Senate Republicans did.

Byron York has the story at the Examiner. Back on March 13, Cruz offered an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act calling for the defunding of Obamacare. All 45 Republicans voted in favor of it. In fact, 20 of them joined Cruz as co-sponsors. With a possible primary challenge on the horizon, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even made a point of letting the base know:

I want to thank Sen. Cruz for offering this amendment. . . . I strongly support his efforts. . . . We need to get this bill off the books and straighten out our country. This would be a big step in the direction of achieving that.

Sure it would.

Byron adds:

Indeed, some Republicans who are vehemently opposed to the defunding gambit today voted for it in March. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, for example, has called the current defunding proposal “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” In March, Burr not only voted for defunding; he was a co-sponsor. Another Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, has denounced the current defunding move as “dishonest” and bound to fail. In March, Coburn co-sponsored the Cruz amendment. [ACM: See Eliana’s post describing Coburn’s Sunday Show explanation that the defunding initiative he co-sponsored only six months ago now suddenly “can’t be done” … followed by his grousing, without a hint of irony, about “the crisis of confidence in our government.”] Other Republicans — Sens. Johanns, Johnson, Chambliss — who now say defunding won’t work were also co-sponsors of the Cruz defunding measure in March.

The change has left some of today’s defunders bitterly resentful of their colleagues and former allies. In private conversations, they complain that their fellow Republicans were with them when voting for defunding was easy but have run away when everything is on the line...

This is the Washington political class in sharp relief. The Republican establishment resists President Obama and his agenda only when it knows that resistance is futile, token and sure to be inconsequential — when it’s good for a campaign commercial about how hard the GOP is working to undo Obamacare, not when it’s about actually working hard to undo Obamacare. For most Senate Republicans, the vote on an anti-Obamacare amendment in the context of authorizing national defense programs that Republicans knew they were never going to block was a pose — just like the 40-odd votes to repeal Obamacare that had no chance of becoming law.

By contrast, the current defunding effort is a put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is moment: Risk a government shutdown over Obamacare funding under circumstances where Republicans could be blamed, but where (a) Obamacare is very unpopular and its downside consequences are just beginning to kick in; (b) the defunding strategy includes a commitment to fund the rest of government so it can be demonstrated that Obama would really be the one shutting down the government over Obamacare; and (c) Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress — such that, if the government shuts down, Republicans can compellingly argue that they are only insisting that the American people get the same relief from this awful law that Obama cronies, the ruling class, and the politically-connected get.

It may not work. Even if it doesn’t, though, it could have long-term benefits as Democrats up for election in 2014 and 2016 — Democrats who have gotten Obamacare fixes for themselves — are forced to defend Obamacare in the light of day. And for conservatives, it is a chance to see which Republicans are for real and which ones talk a good game as long as it’s just a game.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conjob; obamacare; senate
Lugar Corker.
1 posted on 09/23/2013 5:59:05 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

If the lord high self-appointed “leaders” of the Washington, D.C. Republican party were to fight representatives of the Democratic [sic] party half as hard as they fight other Republicans, the Democratic [sic] bunch would be a fringe minority party.


2 posted on 09/23/2013 6:01:56 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

All eyes on Senate this week.


3 posted on 09/23/2013 6:02:11 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

It’s this guys job to reflect positions of his state...not defend the central government

CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC IT IS TIME TO DO A RECALL

The four passenger helicopter has just left its roof top heli-pad. Attached to its steel tube runner landing gear were about a dozen desperate people hanging on as the craft struggles to get airborne. It lurches skyward as one of those clinging to the steel tubes used as landing gear lets go. Falling to a death some 75 feet below to the refugee crowded lamding pad atop the Saigon American Embassy roof.

Most of the recalling if the defunding\ shutdowns just go back mostly to Gingrich’s time when he was Speaker. There is one defunding/ government shutdown that had profound implications where hundreds of thousands died because of it. That was led by the Democrat party responding to the socialist/communist radicals that had taken over the “liberal arts eduicational industry” and were slowly taking that party over as well.

Not only did we lose a war because of it. But those same university socialist educators which encouraged this defunding also humiliation of our military such as calling them “baby killers” (only later to kill their own) and spitting in their faces. And their educational products are now destroying this country by their own R&R . Running and ruining it.

For this time the same group are now in control of that political party. Changing it so much that in their 2012 convention booed any reference to The Creator ,God.. Demonstrating any connection to the political party of JFK is gone.

All they showed is that they are Democrat in name only and really Demo-Coms. That are demanding funding for a cherished socialist concept replete with 2000 pages of controls for the health collective. Controls which includes newly created bureaucracies for enforcement some under the direct control of the President
Controls that already has ;

Put thousands out of a 40 work week and reduced them to part time employees, Shut down physician hospitals, confiscated union health plans. prohibited private contracts with individual doctors, replaced medical specialists with socialist bureaucrats (death panels) Shut down medical insurance companies, For starters...Yet not a word of this will be mentioned.

There will be the racism charge. OK ! Lets see who started that ?
Now if somebody even suggests impeachment. Get to your black base voters, whom you’ve done nothing for, all worked up. Pick on some security guard who’s doing his job.

Accuse him of being racist ,even though he is part black..But his last name sounds “jewish.”Who’s doing surveilance in an mixed race area of modest means a where there’s been robberies and burgalries by young blacks, and legal to question anyone of blue, red, green,white, or black complexion as to their purpose being there. Who discontinued a surveilance after being suggested to do so by the police.

Who could have legally questioned the person under surveilance but allowed him to continue on his way uncontested. Only to have that person under surveilance as the guard was returning to his vehicle. Knock the guard to the ground start beating his head against the sidewalk and wind up getting killed over a struggle the guards gun

Now call that surveilance “stalking”, The area he’s patrolling “owned by rich whities”,and the guard of course he’s white.That person he’s watching a 10 year old black kid a “victim” and a saint. Not six foot two 160 pound 16 year old, “who was killed in cold blood” not who got killed fighting over a gun. .

Now paint a target on the security guards back .Ain’t that neat ? What better way to discourage any investigation into malfeasance and corruption by organizing the base for riots in the streets ? Think it’s too far fetched ? Think it’s not working ? Look again http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3051558/posts

To date the political opposition known as Republican has yet to mention or comment on this example of how this regime operates. Time to ask them why ?
Now is the time to ask....

The Republican leadership was given the opportunity as they have in the past,while running the 2012 campaigns for Senate, House, and President an opportunity to spell out what was in Obamacare but didn’t http://www.theusmat.com/ or even mention Democrats had refused any reference to God in the Democratic at their 2012 convention .

Or comment on the the “Gated Community” episode which was used to furthur hyphenate; black from “hispanic,” from “white” Americans, which included Jews. Thus discarding the American Melting Pot history in favor of the socialist agenda.
Now is the Time to Comment ....

By doing this the demo-coms created a unconsionable use of the security guard incident to furthur their socialist agenda. That has resulted in martyrs because of its inflamatory assertions.. Which the political opposition ignores while claiming to search for “demographics” in other directions. And the Republican “establishment has stood by and said and did nothing. Why ?
Now is the time to ask.

Throughout this time black youths have been using these political devices as excuses to commit crimes with innocents being murdered because of the inflamatory rhetoric composed of lies and missconceptions being driven by the regime and its supporters in the media begun by the President of the United States. By his own actions Obama never disassociated himself from it, nor discouraged it.
Time to ask him why ?


4 posted on 09/23/2013 6:06:39 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Tell em how ya feel..FReeper style!

http://www.nrsc.org/contact-us/


5 posted on 09/23/2013 6:09:26 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Servant of the Cross

To: Senator Bob Corker, you better get on board with Lee/Cruz and company right now...TODAY!!! End of Story....except:

WWW.DONTFUNDOBAMCARE.COM....Folks, sign/endorse, right now...TODAY!!!


6 posted on 09/23/2013 6:14:06 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

The republican establishment is nervous about someone like Cruz getting so much support/power so early in his career. He is supposed to do it the old fashioned way and kiss the right butts and rings.

But their approval rating is finally costing them. The people are just not quite as stupid has they had hoped.


7 posted on 09/23/2013 6:14:43 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
This illustrates why Andrew McCarthy is a trusted asset to the conservative cause.


8 posted on 09/23/2013 6:18:57 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: rrrod

Done. Thanks for the link.


9 posted on 09/23/2013 6:19:03 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Standing Wolf

The old Republican Party Mantra: “Always surrender before you fight for the Republic.”

The New Republican Party Mantra: “BRING IT !”


10 posted on 09/23/2013 6:20:48 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

FIGHT!
I called Rubio’s office but voice mail is full...same with Nelson’s.


11 posted on 09/23/2013 6:23:24 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Servant of the Cross

This is the Washington political class in sharp relief. The Republican establishment resists President Obama and his agenda only when it knows that resistance is futile, token and sure to be inconsequential — when it’s good for a campaign commercial about how hard the GOP is working to undo Obamacare, not when it’s about actually working hard to undo Obamacare.

Andrew is absolutely spot on here! This applies to the entire political class but most importantly to the GOPe in Washington. They talk a good game when campaigning back home, get elected and re-elected then go back to Washington and do what they damned well please. This has got to stop. We have to drive a stake through the heart of the GOPe and build a new party from what little will be left.

America is being destroyed from within by it's so called political leadership and NEEDS a real alternative to the established order. We desperately need a second party!

12 posted on 09/23/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT by pgkdan (Marco Rubio can go straight to hell!)
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To: rrrod

DONE. C’mon Freepers, act according to your conscience and sign this petition.


13 posted on 09/23/2013 6:38:43 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

"...The Republican establishment resists President Obama and his agenda only when it knows that resistance is futile, token and sure to be inconsequential — when it’s good for a campaign commercial about how hard the GOP is working to undo Obamacare, not when it’s about actually working hard to undo Obamacare.

Yep. And we're not falling for this ruse.

14 posted on 09/23/2013 6:38:58 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress

Obama and Obamacare should be sent packing for this reason alone.

15 posted on 09/23/2013 6:47:06 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

BUMP

KEEP THIS ON THE FREEPER’S LIST. SIGN THE PETITION.


16 posted on 09/23/2013 6:54:50 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: kitkat

>>>KEEP THIS ON THE FREEPER’S LIST. SIGN THE PETITION.>>>

That SHOULD have said, “The petition on post 5.”


17 posted on 09/23/2013 6:58:40 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
These RINOs aren't even very smart - if they were they'd hide their obvious distain for Cruz. As it is they can barely contain themselves. Why?

Who will buy their 'I'm one of you' BS they ladle out to conservatives during their primary campaigns?

18 posted on 09/23/2013 7:01:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Servant of the Cross

They can read their bank statements.


19 posted on 09/23/2013 7:05:42 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: mosesdapoet
These RINOs are being outed. Nobody except their globalist traitor buddies will ever vote for them again.

I despise them more than I despise the dems even the worst ones. Why? They bare-assed lied to the voting public to get elected. We could've had constitutional conservatives in their seats; that's what the people voted for.

20 posted on 09/23/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT by grania
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To: Servant of the Cross
Cornyn opposes government shutdown over defunding Obamacare

Cornyn is a two-faced rat, and I'm sure "Dirty" Dewhurst is feeding him what he thinks is dirt on Cruz.

21 posted on 09/23/2013 7:08:29 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: skeeter
These RINOs aren't even very smart - if they were they'd hide their obvious distain for Cruz. As it is they can barely contain themselves. Why?

I don't know. But I really hope that Sarah Palin will find a way to "out" and expose these GOPe bastards ... and soon!

22 posted on 09/23/2013 7:21:25 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/23/exclusive-rand-paul-wants-chief-justice-roberts-all-federal-workers-to-enroll-in-obamacare/


23 posted on 09/23/2013 7:52:01 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead

They are going to get the 41 votes.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 8:35:49 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: rrrod

Thank you for that link. I let ‘em have it and I am so angry I can’t see straight!

I already singed the petition, I presume once is enough, correct? Thanks


25 posted on 09/23/2013 8:43:42 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Yes..just sign once. Way to go!


26 posted on 09/23/2013 8:46:49 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Servant of the Cross

BTTT!


27 posted on 09/23/2013 11:02:26 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Thanks, great post.

Time and again NRO’s Andrew C. McCarthy picks a critical issue, breaks it down into simple facts and simple arguments, then delivers a clear, logical, easily read essay.

28 posted on 09/24/2013 12:32:26 PM PDT by zeestephen
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