Friday, September 06, 2013

Behind the Ad: Tea Party group attacks Mitch McConnell for not being anti-Obamacare enough

Who: Senate Conservatives Fund (a leading Tea Party group)

Where: Kentucky

What's going on: Tea Partiers are really on to this idea that it's not enough to oppose Obamacare. One has to agree completely with the idea of "defunding" it, which, in this case, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to do.

National Journal:
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which was founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint but is now independent of him, has not endorsed McConnell's Republican primary opponent, Matt Bevin. The group, however, is openly considering doing so and its executive director, Matt Hoskins, said in July that McConnell "needs to consider whether it might be time to hang it up." The fight to defund President Obama's health care law faces a key Oct. 1 deadline, and the ad says, "Tell Mitch McConnell to join the fight to stop Obamacare, before it's too late."

The point, if you haven't been paying attention, is that some Republican Senators are threatening to force a government shutdown unless Democrats agree to give up on the Affordable Care Act. These people are pledging to block a bill to fund government operations unless Obamacare is defunded.
Tea Party favorites such as Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and McConnell’s fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) have been trying to convince their party to stop funding the government in order to block the health reform law.

Earlier in the summer, McConnell told an audience at a Kentucky health care forum that “shutting down the government will not stop Obamacare.” Other Republicans have simply called shutting down the government a stupid idea which, in any case, seems to be an unpopular concept with voters.

Yes, if you're not willing to hold your breath and stamp your feet, even if it's counterproductive to your cause, you're not conservative enough.

Here's the Senate Conservative Fund's ad implying that McConnell simply won't sign on for the one simple thing that will make Obamacare go away. Mitch the Red, they call him.

Lucky for McConnell he has company among other GOP senators who are also being attacked by the group like Richard Burr, R-N.C., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

That is one weird party.

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