Madison Project Comments on McConnell’s One Week CR

Monday, September 30th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2013


Madison Project Comments on McConnell’s One Week CR

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s one-week Continuing Resolution (CR):

“Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a habit of parachuting in to a critical issue at the very last moment to undermine conservative leverage,” said Daniel Horowitz Policy Director of Madison Project.  “After handing Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) the requisite votes needed to pass an Obamacare funding bill out of the House, Senator McConnell has weakened the leverage of House Republicans.  Now he is proposing a meaningless one-week Continuing Resolution (CR).  McConnell has just unambiguously telegraphed  to Democrats that he has every intention of blinking first in the battle over Obamacare.  What is the purpose of delaying his inevitable capitulation for one week? The people of Kentucky deserve a real leader that actually takes charge on the important issues instead of one who chooses the path of least resistance and self-preservation.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at

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Another RINO, Spencer Bachus, Calls it Quits

Monday, September 30th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

Well, we have another casualty of our aggressive primary challenge strategy.  RINO Spencer Bachus, one of the few Republicans who supported amnesty from such a conservative district, has announced he will not seek reelection.  This is another example of winning without firing a shot.

What gives?

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Beware the Medical Device Tax Fig Leaf

Sunday, September 29th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt, Obamacare

Last week, the House stood unified behind a bill to fund the government and completely defund Obamacare.  Senate Democrats could have been caught with the ball on October 1 without the ability to pass a bill.  Sadly, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn allowed Democrats to obtain superior leverage when they helped Harry Reid pass a clean CR without defund, and sent it back to the House.

Early this morning, the House voted to amend the Senate bill (H. J. Res. 59) with three changes:

1)      It changed the duration of the CR from November 15 to December 15, offering an extra month of government funding.

2)      It repeals the 2.3 cent medical device tax [Paulsen amendment].

3)      It delays implementation of Obamacare and the rest of the tax increases for one year without defunding the law [Blackburn amendment].  However, it does not delay everything.  All the mandates – guaranteed issue and the slacker mandate – will be left untouched.  These mandates are most responsible for the inexorable rise in insurance premiums.  They also create the most dependency.  There is no way we will ever repeal them if we let them slide now.

Headed into the new week, there are a few thoughts that come to mind with this new plan.

This is not a new bill; rather the House has amended the original bill primarily with two separate amendments – the delay provision and the repeal of the medical device tax.  This essentially gives Reid two options instead of one demand.  The House is ostensibly telling Reid that if the Senate doesn’t want delay they can go with a mere repeal of the medical device tax.  This will allow Reid to table the delay amendment (Blackburn amendment) with a simple 51 vote majority as opposed to requesting a new cloture vote to proceed with the bill.

Moreover, the Senate might actually agree to the medical device tax repeal.  Remember, 18 Democrats, including liberals like Al Franken, signed onto a delay of the tax last year.  This is just one tiny aspect of Obamacare, yet it serves as an outsized liability for Democrats.  It’s not hard to see how they would agree to send back the CR with such a repeal, all the while showing how they are willing to compromise.  This will make it tough for House members to stand firm against the new CR.

What we need to understand is that the debate changes after October 1.  Why are we negotiating with ourselves before the deadline, while Democrats are publicly sticking with their position of no compromise?  Let’s not conflate our negotiating tactic with what we may or may not accept as a final outcome.  If we head into October 1 agreeing to fund Obamacare, only delay part of Obamacare for one year, and offer Democrats an escape hatch with the medical device amendment, what will we get in the end?

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Madison Project Comments On Defund Obamacare Cloture Vote

Friday, September 27th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 27, 2013


Madison Project Comments on Cloture Vote

“We will remember this vote when making future endorsements”

Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative group to endorse Ted Cruz, released the following statement today regarding the 25 Republican U.S. Senators that joined with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and voted to fund Obamacare:

“It’s extremely disappointing to see the Senate vote to fund Obamacare today,” said Drew Ryun of Madison Project. “Rather than have allMembers of the Republican Party join with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the grassroots movement to oppose the monstrosity that is Obamacare, many chose to side with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).”

“And what is even more disappointing is that the Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could have stopped it, but once again he chose to sit on the sidelines and do absolutely nothing.  These ‘friends of Harry Reid’ will put out press statements and television ads claiming they fought to defund Obamacare but the American people know better – a vote for cloture was a vote to fund Obamacare.  We will remember this vote when making future endorsements. If a Senator touts past ceremonial votes against Obamacare as fighting on the issue but voted for cloture, we will expose them and then work to defeat them.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


Madison Project Stands With Ted Cruz Against Obamacare

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 24, 2013

Contact: Mary Vought

Madison Project Stands With Ted Cruz Against Obamacare

“This is not just a conservative issue; this is an American issue”

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster against the budget CR Senator Harry Reid plans to use to fund Obamacare:

“We were proud to be the first national group to stand with Ted Cruz during his election, and we are proud to stand with him now in his bold fight against Obamacare,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and a few other conservatives, understand that defunding Obamacare in the budget CR is the only way to force a confrontation over this train wreck.  Like these Senators, the American people know that by voting along with Democrats to proceed with Harry Reid’s adulterated version of the House bill, Republicans will be complicit in funding Obamacare.”

“We look forward to helping Senator Cruz marshal support on the outside for his effort to fulfill the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans – to fund the government without funding Obamacare,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “Taken as a whole, Obamacare is destroying jobs and small businesses, chasing doctors out of medicine, raising insurance premiums by as much as 300%, placing onerous tax burdens on individuals and job-creators, and involving the federal government in every aspect of the doctor-patient relationship.  The law is unworkable and illogical even from the vantage point of those who support a larger federal government.  This is not just a conservative issue; this is an American issue.  Ted Cruz is honoring his election promise to do everything it takes to get rid of the law.  We plan to carry his torch to every corner of the country.”       

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at

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Madison Project Releases New Web Ad Exposing McConnell’s Failure to Lead

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News, Press

For  Immediate Release:

September  24, 2013

Contact: Mary  Vought

Madison Project Releases New Web Ad Exposing McConnell’s Failure to Lead

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC today released a new web ad highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell’s failure to take a stand on critical issues, despite his status as GOP Senate Leader.  The ad comes just days before the annual World Chicken Festival in London, Kentucky.

To watch Madison Project PAC’s new web ad click here.

“During every election cycle Senator McConnell  eagerly touts his supposed ‘power’ and ‘clout’ as the Republican Senate leader,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Ironically, he appears to be too chicken to use this ‘power’ to take a definitive stance on any important issue until the debate is already resolved or the outcome is a forgone conclusion.  As Senate GOP Leader, McConnell acts more like a bystander or a follower until he figures out the most politically advantageous stance to best preserve his personal power.”

“The Republicans Party is embroiled in the most important legislative fight in years over funding Obamacare.  The House just passed a CR defunding Obamacare, yet Mitch McConnell refuses to take a stand on the issue, much less use his ‘proud’ leadership position to marshal support from the rest of the Republican Senators,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “At the last moment, he announced he will vote with Harry Reid on the procedural vote that guarantees the Obamacare funding will be reinserted into the bill.  We’ve seen this timid leadership on display in recent months such as when he was the last congressional leader to take a stand on the immigration bill, or the Syria authorization bill, until the outcome was no longer in doubt.  This is why we need new leadership within the ranks of the Republican Party – Senators who won’t need to take a poll before making a statement on important issues.”

Every September for the past 24 years, the city of London, Kentucky hosts the World Chicken Festival, which attracts over 150,000 visitors from all over the country. The festival is, in part, a tribute to the heritage of southeast Kentucky as the home of Colonel Harland Sanders and the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at


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Mitch McConnell Does it Again

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt, News

Today’s announcement from Senator McConnell should serve as the quintessential glimpse into his entire Senate career, particularly his acts of duplicity as party leader.  Unlike House Majority Leader John Boehner, Mitch McConnell is unwilling to publicly state that he is out of touch with conservatives.  He wants the capitulation to be processed, but without his support.  He wants a ceremonial vote against the bad policy, but refuses to do what it takes to actually fight the policy.

After hiding in his cocoon for a few weeks, McConnell finally announced that he will vote for cloture on the bill that Harry Reid plans to use to fund Obamacare in the budget bill (CR):

“Sen. McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny. He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill,” said Don Stewart, spokesman for McConnell, R-Ky. “If and when the Majority Leader goes down that path, Washington Democrats will have to decide — without hiding behind a procedural vote — whether or not to split with their leadership and join Republicans and their constituents in opposing the re-insertion of Obamacare funding into the House-passed bill.”

This is his attempt to pull a fast-one on the American public.  The important vote is the cloture vote.   Harry Reid needs at least six Republicans to help proceed with the bill, and avoid a chance by the Republican minority to stop it. This is exactly when a party leader should marshal support against any effort to use 51 votes to reinsert Obamacare.  If the Republicans vote for cloture, as McConnell wants to do, the outcome is a forgone conclusion.  Harry Reid will be able to strip out the defund Obamacare rider with a pure party-line vote, and pass the CR without it.  McConnell knows that his ‘No’ vote on the amendment will be meaningless, but he will tout it to show how he is standing up to Obamacare.

Moreover, it is dishonest for him to suddenly suggest that he supports the House CR.  Just last week, he was still peddling the discredited line that the defund rider would not effectively defund Obamacare.

This is vintage McConnell.  Hope yes, vote no; capitulate when it counts; fight after the battle is already lost; join the fight after the fight is already won.

When it came time to fight the amnesty bill, McConnell joined the battle after we already lost.  In the case of the gun control bill and the Syria resolution, he joined the fight after conservatives already won it from the outside.  In the case of the debt ceiling in 2011, he wanted to allow Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit as long as he retained the right for a non-binding vote against it.  This is not leadership.  This is cowardice. This is a politician more concerned with politics than people. Because of these political games, Reid will now gain leverage by passing a CR out of the Senate without funding for Obamacare.  Senator McConnell is dishonestly focusing on a technicality – the fact that the Senate bill number is the same as the House bill – to explain his yes vote on cloture.  This is a D.C. Shell game.  We all know that Reid is going to strip out the defund rider with 51 votes after McConnell delivers the GOP votes on cloture.

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Sitting Out the Battle; Fighting a Fake Fight

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

Over the past few decades, Republicans have approached primary voters during every election season with intrepid conviction and solemn promises to roll back the harmful big government policies of the left.  After they win the election they do nothing consequential to actually change the rules of the game.

Most Republicans are used to opposing something so long as the opposition is only ceremonial.  They never pursue the only strategy to actually block a bad bill or countermand an unpopular policy.  They just like to use the issue as a political football during elections as an ends to itself.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has perfected this game over the years.  He fails to take a public position or whip against a terrible idea, often hoping yes and voting no.  Then he will grandstand against the policy in campaign speeches while ignoring the only means of actually delivering on that promise.  This has created a vacuum of leadership in the Senate – a void which has become even more potent over the past few months.

It has become clear to any casual observer of the Senate that Senator John McCain is the defacto party leader for Republicans, serving as a conduit to deliver votes to Sen. Chuck Schumer.  We’ve seen this dynamic play out on amnesty, Obama’s radical nominees, defunding Obamacare, and Syria.  It is always Senators McCain and Lindsey Graham who are openly voicing their opinion on behalf of Republicans, and sometimes even whipping up votes for the other side.

When the Senate was voting to confirm Todd Jones (the man behind Fast and Furious) as Director of the ATF, John McCain was on the Senate floor whipping up votes for the Democrats, eventually convincing Senator Lisa Murkowski to switch her vote.

During the entire voting process on President Obama’s nominees and other issues this year, everyone has been asking the obvious question.  Where is Mitch?  Where is the supposed GOP Leader?  Why is he not whipping the vote against Schumer and Reid?  Why is he not even voicing his own opinion on the issue?  Is it because he cannot control John McCain but really opposes him or is it because he actually agrees with him but is too scared to publicly stand by his private views, opting instead to allow Senators McCain, Graham, and Bob Corker to do the dirty work?

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We the People: A Constitutional Republic, Not a Democracy

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

Here is a slightly modified version of last year’s Constitution Day post

Today, we celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.  On this day, it is imperative that we reflect on the importance of our constitution and celebrate the roots of our founding.  As our nation comes under attack from the forces of tyranny within, we must reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of our founders and founding documents.

Most people often mistakenly refer to our nation as the greatest democracy on earth.  They are mistaken because we are not an absolute democracy; we are a constitutional republic.  That is what makes our nation great, for if we were merely a democracy, we would be anything but great.  And to the extent that we no longer function as a constitutional republic, that greatness is rapidly ebbing away.

Why did we need a constitution?  Why are popular elections not a sufficient means of preserving liberty?

A pure unbridled democracy is a political system in which the majority enjoys absolute power by means of democratic elections.  In an unvarnished democracy, unrestrained by a constitution, the majority can vote to impose tyranny on themselves and the minority opposition.  They can vote to elect those who will infringe upon our inalienable God-given rights.  Thomas Jefferson referred to this as elected despotism in Notes on the State of Virginia (also cited in Federalist 48 by Madison):

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Leaders, Followers, Fence-Sitters, and Obamacare

Monday, September 16th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, Obamacare

When conservatives look for elected Republicans to stand for our values, we are not just looking for someone who might vote with conservatives when convenient; we are looking for someone who will give voice to conservatives.  Hence, we are looking for leaders – people who will articulate the message, fight the conservative battles, and move the polls.  We have no need for more followers, fence-sitters, and finger lickers.  The recent developments in the fight to defund Obamacare serve as a quintessential example of this divide between the leaders and the fence-sitters.

After several months of hard work from Jim DeMint, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tom Graves, Mark Meadows, and some of the outside groups, there is tremendous momentum behind using the budget bills to force the issue on Obamacare once and for all.  Obamacare is now more unpopular than ever.  It is so unpopular that Republicans are viewed as more favorable on healthcare than Democrats.  This has never happened in years.  As Erick Erickson noted earlier today, when the leadership void is filled, the polling begins to move.

Naturally, all of the establishment followers and fence-sitters are joining the bandwagon of fighting Obamacare on the budget bill (or “the next fight” – the debt ceiling).  However, they want us to believe that they have a “smarter” plan to accomplish it.  They will push to delay the law for one year or focus on some other aspect of Obamacare.

Let me submit that without the efforts of the conservative leaders, the GOP establishment followers would never be talking about fighting Obamacare in any form.  They are terrified of brinkmanship – be it over defund or delay – and had no intention of ever picking this fight, even as Obamacare goes into effect next month.  Their call for delaying the law is just the latest subterfuge to undermine the fight and capitulate to Democrats while concurrently co-opting the fight against Obamacare – as if they were supportive of the effort all along, albeit with a craftier strategy.

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