Standing on conservative principle – such as opposing the spending that implements Obamacare – is silly, at least if you are an establishment Republican, like Tennessee's Senator Robert Corker.
Corker is the latest in a long line of establishment Republicans to ridicule and oppose the efforts of Utah’s principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Mike Lee and others to defeat the spending bills that implement Obamacare.
In Corker's formulation such an effort is "silly" and those in favor of it "don't have the courage to roll up our sleeves and deal with real deficit reduction and spending decisions."
So let’s see if we have this right. Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz oppose Obamacare and they oppose spending money to implement it. Senator Corker and others claim they oppose Obamacare, but they support spending money to implement it.
We will leave it to our readers to tell us which is more ridiculous: spending money on something you claim to oppose, or opposing Obamacare and all its works.
This ain’t rocket science, all it takes, as Senator Lee observed, is for Republicans to vote NO.
"If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect," Lee told "Fox & Friends."
Lee’s key point is that withholding money from further enforcement and implementation of Obamacare and would not affect the portions of the law already in effect, including provisions on pre-existing conditions and children being able to stay on their parents' plans until age 26.
Lee’s goal – and it is one we heartily endorse – is to take-out the individual mandate.
Corker, who claims to oppose Obamacare and be a fiscal conservative, is also the co-author of the infamous “Corker – Hoeven amendment” that paved the way for the passage of S. 744, Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty for illegal immigrants bill.
The public ridicule from Corker, and others of his ilk, is obviously intended to support the behind the scenes maneuvering by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and other establishment Republicans to stymie the Lee effort to defund Obamacare.
The reluctance of the Senate Republican leadership to draw a line in the sand and join conservatives like Lee, Paul and Cruz to stand against Obamacare is even more puzzling when one looks at the results of the latest CBS News poll on the issue.
The new CBS News poll found that more Americans than ever – 54 percent – disapprove of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).
But the establishment’s clumsy effort to stifle the Lee’s plan to defund Obamacare has prompted a surge in grassroots conservative demands for Senate Republicans to back Lee’s efforts to stop Obamacare before the Obama administration begins to fully implement the law.
Conservative commentator and talk radio superstar Mark Levin, the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Freedom Works all weighing-in to support of Lee’s effort.
In ridiculing an effort backed by conservatives Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, as well as more establishment-type Republicans like John Thune of South Dakota and Mark Kirk of Illinois, Corker is playing by the typical Capitol Hill rules of say one thing, while actually doing another.
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.
Any Republican, starting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who chooses to fund Obamacare should be primaried.
With 54 percent of those polled telling CBS that they disapprove of Obamacare and 38 percent saying they expect to be personally hurt by the Obamacare law, the advertisements in those Republican primaries, as Erick Erickson said, write themselves.