The Republican Obamacare meltdown continues as Sarah Palin has aligned herself with a conservative group that’s running radio ads targeting Mitch McConnell on ACA funding.
Palin put out a statement through the Senate Conservatives Fund:
Forced enrollment in Obama’s “Unaffordable Care Act” is weeks away. This beast must be stopped — by not funding it. Today, Todd and I joined with many of our fellow citizens to urge those in the U.S. Senate to not fund Obamacare.
We The People must continue to make our voices heard and hold those elected to serve this great nation accountable. Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic beast that will deny our families, our businesses, and our sick the ability to access health care.
The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over. The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now. Join us in urging Senators — Don’t Fund Obamacare! Just remember – if you fund it, you own it!
Beyond Palin’s usual gibberish, what’s interesting is that she has aligned herself with a group that is currently running a radio ad in Kentucky that is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Here’s the ad:
The radio spot claims that McConnell is refusing to lead the fight to defund Obamacare, “Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to lead the fight. Mitch McConnell voted to give President Obama money to implement Obamacare earlier this year, and he’ll do it again if you don’t make your voice heard today. Obamacare is unaffordable, unworkable and its unfair. It will hurt Kentucky families. Many could lose their doctors. Others may be forced to pay higher premiums. Obamacare is a job killer, yet Mitch McConnell refuses to stop funding for this liberal train wreck.”
Putting aside for a second the fact that none of the claims made in the radio ad and Palin’s statement are actually true, Republican extremists like Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are trying to destroy their own party’s leaders.
Needless to say that when Republicans decided to campaign on Obamacare in 2014, this is not what they had in mind.
The Republican movement to defund the government unless Obamacare is repealed is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party. While conservatives and Republicans waste their money and resources fighting each other, Democrats can be out defending the law and its benefits to the American people. If Republicans insist on shutting down the government, Democrats can use this against them next year in the 2014 election.
The big story here isn’t that Palin joined the defund Obamacare or shutdown the government movement. The real story is that the Republican Party is in full self destruct mode.
We are watching the Republican Party tear itself apart over something (defunding Obamacare) that is never going to happen.
It’s Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz versus Mitch McConnell and other Senate incumbents, and winners next November will likely be Harry Reid and Barack Obama after Democrats keep control of the Senate.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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