The Chamber of Cowards

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections

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“Senator [fill in the blank] had the courage to save our financial system by supporting the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.  He saved us from default by voting to constantly raise the debt ceiling and ended the government shutdown by voting for Obamacare.  In addition, he has stood firm against right – wingers who seek to end corporate welfare.  Finally, Senator… has always been a strong supporter of Common Core and will always be a reliable vote for amnesty for undocumented Americans – the future of our country.”

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This is a copy of a generic TV ad you will never see run by the Chamber on behalf of establishment Republicans during their hundred million dollar blitz this spring.

Why not?

Don’t they proudly support endless debt ceiling increases, bailouts, fixing Obamacare, amnesty, corporate welfare and Common Core?  And if their views represent a winning equation, why not honestly disseminate them to the voters?

Yet, instead, they opt to hide their views from the public and run ads trying to portray the conservative challengers as liberal!

Take a look at this ad they are running in Mississippi against conservative leader Chris McDaniel.

Now, look at this one featuring Mitt Romney touting Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) in Idaho as a warrior against wasteful spending and Obamacare. Remember that Simpson is one of the leading appropriators in Congress and has voted for every wasteful spending program and against many efforts to cut spending, including a 2003 amendment to cut off funding to study the sexual habits of older men, San Francisco’s Asian prostitutes and masseuses, as well as a study on mood arousal and sexual risk-taking [see Senator Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) floor speech, page H6574 of the congressional record].

As for Obamacare, The Chamber has already made it their official policy to advocate for fixing Obamacare, not repealing it.  Yet, they lack the courage to run on that platform.  Senator Mitch McConnell has already hinted that they have moved beyond repeal.

Undoubtedly, it is extremely difficult to knock off an incumbent in politics.  We usually have candidates with little or no name ID going up against incumbents with 100% name ID and unlimited funds from allies who are willing to lie on their behalf.  We may or may not succeed in knocking off these frauds.

But one thing is clear: if these people succeed in winning reelection it will not be on the backs of an honest presentation of their views – one which shows that their ideas resonate with the public more than ours.  Quite the contrary, it shows that they must co-opt our message in order to win the primaries, and that cowardice is the path to victory for those who are ashamed of their views.

3 Responses to “The Chamber of Cowards”

  1. C T Vivian Says:

    Organize a boycott and let us know who to stick. This BS that actions have no repercussions needs to STOP.

    Consider a vote for the Dem plan for republicans acting poorly. Examples, every member of the house leadership, PAUL RYAN, and every other vulnerable House Chairman acting likewise. It we can’t primary them, unemploy them. A plan to biennially DEFEAT a number of the bad actors should strike fear in the hearts of those who need the Tea Party vote to survive. We can also scare the hell out the the b@stards such as Boehner and McCarthy. Perhaps someone could explain to me how you go from zero to majority leader in 8 years?????

    It also wouldn’t hurt for the REAL conservative groups and REAL talk radio people to coordinate.

    I AM NOT VOTING FOR ANOTHER F’ING RINO FOR PRESIDENT. My first presidential vote was for Barry Goldwater. From then to 2008 I was drinking the R kool-aid. No mas!!!!!!! It’ll be Ralph Nader before the WTH FAT BOY or someone of that ilk.

    On another note, the social conservatives need to pull the heads out the place where the sun don’t shine. There isn’t going to be anywhere to ply their favorite activities if the Republic they seek has vanished!

    THIS IS WAR, let’s select a LEADER and take it to the RINOs and the SOCIALIST/MARXISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Carl Bitzer Says:

    Unprincipled pragmatic Republicans represent a greater danger to America than the Democrats. Given a choice between a pragmatic Republican and a Democrat, no matter how bad, I will vote for the Democrat. The time for choosing the lesser of two evils is over and done.

  3. THOMAS ROSS Says:

    Disrespecting your parties core principals seems to be a possible shell game played by political softball hardball tactical betrayal of honest representation of those you failed to represent. Or there is a legitimate movement to carry the water to regain our integrity,and build confidence in those citizens living daily believing our Republic matters, and can be restored. Those that oppose the latter will be have no seat at their former chamber.

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