Why haven’t establishment Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson embraced conservatives' efforts to draw that line in the sand and put a united Senate Republican Conference behind the effort to defund Obamacare?
Multiple Capitol Hill sources have confirmed that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and several other undisclosed establishment GOP Senators are quietly trying to thwart the efforts of principled limited government constitutional conservative Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to pull together a broad coalition of Republicans to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution.
The behind the scenes maneuvering of McConnell, Johnson and other establishment Republicans prompted the Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola to issue a statement calling out McConnell and challenging him to back Lee’s efforts to stop Obamacare before the Obama administration begins to fully implement the law.
“If Senator McConnell is committed to defunding Obamacare, then he should sign the Lee letter and promise not to support a continuing resolution or any budget that funds Obamacare,” said Chocola. “We are disappointed by rumors that Senate Republican leadership is pressuring Senators not to sign Lee’s letter or to remove their names – they should instead encourage others to sign on.”
Our friend Eric Erickson over at RedState put the argument succinctly when he wrote, “Republicans in Congress have a choice this fall with the latest continuing resolution. They can choose to not include funding for the implementation of Obamacare. Negotiate everything, but make that their line in the sand. If the Democrats choose to shut down the government over an unpopular law that hurts people, it is their choice. Republicans should not fund Obamacare.”
Why haven’t establishment Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson embraced Lee’s effort to draw that line in the sand and put a united Senate Republican Conference behind the effort to defund Obamacare?
No one knows for sure, because, as usual McConnell, Johnson and the Republican establishment are operating from the shadows, using behind the scenes political pressure instead of actually engaging in an open debate about the merits of Mike Lee’s call for a strategy to defund Obamacare based on conservative principles, rather than the usual Capitol Hill Republican say one thing, do another culture.
We agree with Chocola and Erickson.
Any Republican, starting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who chooses to fund Obamacare should be primaried. As Erick Erickson said a few days ago, “The advertisements write themselves. Republicans, by voting to fund Obamacare, are putting people out of work, driving up healthcare costs, and hurting families. Republicans are not listening to voters who hate the law if they fund Obamacare.”