The MSM, the Dems and even some Repubs call Sen Ted Cruz [R-TX] and other Tea Party pols terrorists, suicide bombers and more because they refused to approve a budget plan that would permit ObamaCare, and its individual mandate, to go forward. I don’t know about these tactics. I’m not a Republican and I feel conflicted. You have to admire Cruz, Lee and the rest for trying to delay ObamaCare for a year. They have every right to do so.
Is it worth the price to the GOP? I don’t know and I worry about the current impetus to knock off Mitch McConnell next year. While McConnell can probably defeat the Clinton candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes, I’m not as confident Matt Bevins can. Yes, Kentucky elected Rand Paul but he had some advantages: a name made famous by his father, his opponent Jack Conway wasn’t especially savvy or well known, he didn’t have Bill Clinton running his campaign, the MoveOn girl who tried to slander Paul supporters backfired in her ploy, and the DNC will be pushing women and a WarOnWomen next year in an effort to help Hillary in 2016.
The Tea Party candidates and tactics during the shutdown didn’t trouble me one bit. What did bother me was the vitriol not only from Democratic politicians and analysts but from the Obama-supporting MSM. From Brian Williams to the AP, all the attention was on ‘extreme Republicans’ without holding Obama and the Dems accountable for the ObamaCare debacle and our increasing debt.
Here, a list of the 11 votes in the House that funded important government programs with the restriction of delaying ObamaCare for 1 year. This would have been a winning play for Middle America but the Dems and Obama refused to fund those programs because they refused to delay ObamaCare. It was as much the Dems’ and Obama’s shutdown as the Tea Party’s but the MSM wouldn’t report that.
Whether you supported the Tea Party actions or not, did you know about these House votes? Why not? Here’s three of them, go to the link above to learn the others.
6. Roll Call 513 on Open Our Nation’s Parks and Museums Act (October 2, 2013)
To help reopen parts of the government while Democrats refused to come to the table and work out differences, the House GOP voted to restore funding for the nation’s parks and museums – including the World War Two Memorial in Washington that has been closed to visiting veterans.
Senate Democrats killed the bill, and President Obama threatened to veto it.
7. Roll Call 514 on Research for Lifesaving Cures Act (October 2, 2013)To help restore funding for vital cancer research and other lifesaving innovations, the House GOP voted to reopen the National Institute of Health.
Senate Democrats blocked the bill (see Harry Reid ask a reporter “why would we want to do that?” when asked if he would vote to resume funding for children’s cancer treatment), and President Obama threatened to veto it.
8. Roll Call 516 on Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (October 3, 2013)
In order to make sure that the government shutdown doesn’t get in the way of paying our National Guard and Reserve, the House GOP voted for the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act.
Senate Democrats blocked the bill, and President Obama threatened to veto it.