Monday, April 20th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections
Just a few months into the 114th Congress, it became clear that the newly minted GOP majorities in the House and Senate are failing and failing badly. Elected to change the direction of this country, the GOP swept into power in January and promptly shifted direction, away from the grassroots conservatives who elected them and towards K Street and the Chamber of Commerce’s checklist of things to accomplish in Washington, DC. Few, if any, of them have anything to do with repealing Obamacare, stopping illegal immigration or reducing the size and scope of government. On the contrary, many of the K Street/Chamber checklist items seem intent on locking many of those things in for years to come, rather than stopping them.To date, the GOP majorities have:1. Not held Democrats accountable for Obamacare.
2. Stripped conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.
3. Approved $500 Billion in Deficit Spending.
4. Funded Obamacare.
5. Walked away from Medicare reform.
6. Ruined the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.
Rather than role back government and aggressively mitigate the damage done by the Obama Administration, the GOP leadership is so fond of bloated government, socialized healthcare and growing the debt that just last week, they worked to pass a $500 Billion debt increase to fund Obamacare and “gift” states into submission to the federal government with Medicaid expansion.
Going forward, things have to change or the current GOP majorities will undermine any chance a conservative Republican has of winning the White House in 2016. Here’s what must happen:
1. Strong Economic sanctions against Iran and Russia, not allowing this Administration to kowtow to either regime. Thanks to the GOP “leadership” in the Senate, namely that of Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee (R-TN), the only action the Senate took last week was to paint itself into a corner when it came to reining in the lawlessness of President Obama.
2. We need simple, short, effective legislative strikes from conservatives. During the government shutdown in 2013 short, simple bills showed their effectiveness at putting the Democrats on their heels in spite of their media cheerleaders (recall this Harry Reid meltdown?), yet leadership continues to allow large bills to move forward and crippling amendments to kill good legislation. There are core conservative principles even Democrats can be forced to vote for, such as Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) ban on terrorists entering the country (once again, an issue with Iran).
3. Expansion of offshore drilling and petro-chemical exports. Taking money away from Russia when Russia is helping our enemies is a good thing and a free market is the best market. Stop crippling American business and putting money in Putin’s pocket. And enough of this Keystone nonsense. It is a shiny object. Let’s move America forward with some real reforms.
4. Make sure the Senate does not approve Loretta Lynch. McConnell and gang should be able to whip a Republican Majority. Make no mistake. She will be worse than Eric Holder and much more militant.
5. Replace Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dan Coats (R-IN), David Vitter (R-LA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) (see our statement on Rep. Ron DeSantis here) with solid conservatives. If we cannot remove Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Thad Cochran (R-MS), we must install strong conservatives intent on turning this country around. Time is running out.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues
For those that have missed the memo, we here at the Madison Project love being agitators for freedom.
We want to hold elected officials accountable even as we work to elect better and better Members of Congress. We work to advance conservatism as frequently and as purely as possible, be it reducing taxes, ending abortion or working towards dismantling Obamacare.
So it is no surprise that over the past 10 years as Madison Project has brought to the public’s attention the voting record of Democrats and Republicans, we have been attacked by both parties.
The usual GOP talking points against the Madison Project (and Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action) is that the Madison Project is “hurting the party” and forming “circular firing squads” that are “not helpful” to the GOP majority. By hurting the party, what the GOP Establishment is saying is, “You’re hurting our chances to advance the issues important to corporations and their lobbyists by calling us out and electing conservatives.”
If our work is hurting this current iteration of the Republican Party, count us in.
As we have said in the past, it is we and our conservative allies who actually represent and work towards the principles and ideology which the GOP claims to represent and advance. We are the free market conservatives who believe in liberty and reducing government, not growing it and giving corporations a leg up on the backs of the American taxpayers.
Over the last few election cycles, it is the Madison Project that has helped add some of the most stalwart conservatives in both chambers of Congress: Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Mark Meadows, Ron DeSantis, Tim Huelskamp, Dave Brat, Jody Hice and many others.
Conservative grassroots activists worked overtime last fall to elect a Republican majority on promises of rolling back Obamacare and stopping illegal immigration.
Now sitting under Republican majorities, these promises have not only been vacated but actually reversed where we’ve seen Republican leaders working with Democrats to actually help to enact these dangerous policies.
For years we have warned that it’s not just about having a Republican majority in both chambers. It’s about having conservatives eager to fight and advance the Republican Party platform. It’s not just a vote, it’s a voice.
The recently passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill is the perfect example. The House of Representatives passed a good bill, replete with riders that stripped funding for Obama’s executive amnesty order and sent it to the Senate.
The Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “leadership” stripped the riders from the bill and sent it back to the House.
Here is where it should have been easy: Boehner and the House Republicans should have stripped the bad language out, put the conservative language back in, and sent it back to McConnell.
Instead, 100% of House Democrats and 75 Republicans, including the Speaker, and most of “leadership” and members with all-important seniority, voted to fund executive amnesty behind the fig leaf of, “If we don’t, the Department of Homeland Security will shut down and we will be totally exposed to terrorism.” Nothing could have been further from the truth.
The simple workaround would have been to pass a continuing resolution that would have fully funded DHS while holding the line on amnesty. It is now abundantly clear to everyone that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell never intended to fight amnesty. After all, their friends on K Street and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were pushing for it.
If this doesn’t make it abundantly clear that it is time for new leadership, we’re not sure what will.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues
It’s time for a third party.
That’s what 60% of Americans say according to the September 2014 Gallup poll. Why? Because more and more Americans see little difference between the Democrats and Republicans.
We have noted many times on this blog and in the press that the “game” being played in Washington, DC is rigged. It’s as if we’re watching the Harlem Globetrotters (the Democrats) and the Washington Generals (the Republicans) play a basketball game where the outcome was decided in the locker room. The game is over before it even started.
It goes something like this:
Harry Reid: Here’s what we’re really going to get accomplished today in Washington, DC. We’re going to protect Obama’s amnesty for the sake of optics and Mitch, you’re going to tell your corporate buddies we did this one for them and they need to keep the PAC checks coming.
Mitch McConnell: You got it, Harry. Nice eye patch, by the way. Looks good on you. Kind of got that pirate swagger thing going.
Harry Reid: Right back at you, Mitch. That’s a great nickname, btw. Darth Vader. Where do your folks come up with stuff like that? I just get the boxer references all the time. They’re not bad, but. . .Darth Vader. It’s got some zip to it. Hey, has anyone seen Boehner? That guy is always disappearing at the worst times.
Voice from the back of the room: He’s out for a smoke break.
Harry Reid: And right before game time. I told him to knock that crap off. It’s bad optics. That and that tanning business. Who does that these days?!
Staffer (popping into the room): 5 minutes until go time!
Harry Reid: Right, okay. Back on track. Everyone in. Remember. The goal of today’s game is to really show our supporters and donors that we’re fighting for them. Gotta be a great show, let’s keep it close until the buzzer and then we’ll win. So, everyone in. On the count of three we shout, “Team.”
Mitch McConnell: Wait a second. You always lead the huddle cheer, Harry, and you guys always win. It’s my turn today. I’m the Majority Leader after all.
Harry Reid: Riiiight. Like I said, we’re going to put on a good show for folks out there today. Down to the buzzer. Everyone in. On three we shout, “Team!”
Mitch McConnell: Wait a second, wait a second. Which team are we shouting, “Team” for? Yours or mine, Harry?
Harry Reid: Ours, Mitch. Ours.
Mitch McConnell: Ok, got it.
And out they go to face the press day in and day out to prove that they are really fighting for their voters.
But are they?
Clearly, the Democrats have a case to make that they are holding up their end of their campaign promises. Ramming Obamacare through? Check. Destroying border security for La Raza and others? Check. Passing motor voter laws and defeating Voter ID laws? Check.
And while the Democrats are creating seismic change with their actions, change that will affect America for generations to come, the Republicans are touting the “job creating” Keystone Pipeline (it is projected to create 30,000 jobs at a time when over 100 million working age Americans are jobless.), the “Firing of Harry Reid” (for why this didn’t and doesn’t matter, see above) and tweaking Obamacare, not repealing it in toto.
The Republicans are empty suits, intent on staying in power when really only the vestige of it is in reach for this current crop of would be leaders.
So what are the conservative grassroots to do? Abandon the Republican Party?
The temptation is real.
Until we are reminded of principled fighters like Congressmen Jim Bridenstine and Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan and other conservatives in the United States House of Representatives, many of whom were elected over the last three election cycles.
Are they winning? In one sense, yes. They defeated the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. Did they beat back funding of amnesty in the DHS bill? No, but they forced John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to show their true colors. Those two wanted amnesty just as badly as Harry Reid and the Democrats did, just for different reasons. But given the results of November, both of them had to put up the appearance of a fight.
Now that the Boehner and McConnell have had to show their cards, it is more clear than ever that conservatives have a chance to resume control of their party. We believe the Gallup poll above indicates that the American people want a clear difference in Washington, DC and that they want elected officials who work for them, not special interest groups who do not have their best interests in mind.
So instead of talking about creating a third party, conservatives need to refocus, prepare for 2016 and help elect more like Jim Bridenstine, Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan.
We can still win.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Let’s be very clear on something. When the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives voted 236-191 to defund President Obama’s executive order giving amnesty to illegal immigrants last week, only a minority of its members did so out of principle.
The remainder, especially the GOP leadership, signaled their votes were not against amnesty. In spite of campaign rhetoric that suggests otherwise, they want it as a payoff for their friends at the Chamber of Commerce. They just don’t want the President stepping on their toes to do so. More importantly, they have to find a way to thread the needle so as to fool (they hope) their conservative base, a base adamantly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
It was the conundrum of the entire 2014 political cycle for the Establishment. With their friends at the Chamber of Commerce pushing “comprehensive” immigration reform on the Hill in Washington, DC and playing heavily in primaries against conservative candidates, it was clear that the Chamber and Establishment had one objective in mind this election season: to elect a majority of amnesty friendly Republicans.
The trick was getting them past the electorate, which, as we have noted, was accomplished by telling voters what they wanted to hear, not what they were actually going to do.
In fact, the Chamber’s political director, Rob Engstrom, recently took a leave of absence to help Jeb Bush’s Presidential campaign get off the ground, a campaign whose core tenets of amnesty and Common Core are not going to mesh with the conservative base that votes in the primaries (issues that the Chamber proactively spent millions of dollars on last year).
With the House passed bill that stripped funding for amnesty about to be taken up by the Senate, the political gamesmanship has already begun and this is how it will play out.
Any amendments, especially the Aderholdt amendment, that strip funding for amnesty from the Department of Homeland Funding bill will mysteriously disappear in the black hole of principle called the Senate because, “The votes just aren’t there!” and “The President will veto this anyway, so why bother?”
While saying all the right things (as he is known to do), the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is currently finding ways to remove the “offending” portions of the House bill to send it back to the House. The messaging will be, “Yes, we may have the House and the Senate, but without the White House, there is only so much we can do. We must avoid a government shutdown!”
Now, if this seems like a Charlie Brown moment for the conservative movement, you would be correct in that assumption. The GOP Establishment promised over and over again this past election cycle, “If you just put us on the field, we’re going to score for you!” Lucy-like, however, they are getting ready to yank the ball away at the last minute and as the conservative movement whiffs and wonders where the ball went, the Establishment will again reiterate to us, “There is nothing we can do right now. Give us two more years to set the stage for taking the White House and THEN we can really get stuff done around here.”
While many cheered the House vote last week, it was simply a show vote. The real vote is going to happen when the Senate sends its version of the House bill (stripped of any and all defunding amendments) back to the House and asks the House to pass it.
This is the vote conservatives need to pay attention to and expect their Members to fight the GOP leadership in both chambers. It is here that we must put the pressure on conservatives in the House to take down the rule.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections
To some extent, the answer is simple.
You can’t win without being for something. Ask yourself: what are the Democrats for?
You could probably rattle off 3-4 issues off the top of your head right now. Government run healthcare, expansion of government programs, more taxes, abortion. Right then and there you have what they are for and because of that, they can easily message this to their voters and to the middle of the American electorate that ebbs and flows depending on the election cycle.
Now, contrast that with the Republicans. What are they for?
You want to say repealing Obamacare, admit it, but they are not. They are for repealing the Medical Device Tax for their friends on K Street. They are for deregulating the gas and oil industries. . . .well, kind of. They support the Keystone Pipeline (now ask yourself why that is important?).
Aaaannd they want to Fire Harry Reid.
Which appears to be Mitch McConnell’s only agenda item this campaign season. Apparently he has missed the forest for the trees and thinks voters in America understand the archaic rules of the United States Senate and why, at least in his mind, getting rid of Harry Reid as Majority Leader is so important.
Frankly, the vast majority of American voters probably have no idea who Harry Reid is. But they do know that each month a chunk of money is removed from their paychecks for entitlement programs that they will never receive the benefits of. They know that corporate America is getting preferential treatment that is not trickling down to them. They know they want the freedom to choose an insurance program that fits their needs, not what the government tells them does (while removing their choices in doctors and care providers). They want the price of their milk to stop going up.
In the midst of this meltdown by the GOP with less than a month to go, you have more and more articles like this one cropping up: Why Democrats May Keep The Senate.
For someone inside the GOP Establishment, it’s a head scratcher. They seem to think that small ball wins major championships. Because of that, as America is pleading for a dramatically new direction than the Obama Administration is providing, they are lost as to why their chances for winning the Senate on November 4th are in serious jeopardy. Add to this conundrum the fact that GOP consultants would rather get rich off the process and monopolize the machinery of the party rather than win and the party is in serious trouble of slipping into irrelevance.
Out gunned and out messaged, one has to ask: is this the “modern” GOP’s last stand?
And if so, what more will it take for a dramatic shift in direction for the party to win once again?
Friday, September 5th, 2014 and is filed under Blog
When the junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, stood for over 21 hours in protest of Obamacare, many were quick to attack him as seeking personal gain. And when the government shutdown occurred, Senator Cruz, not the Democrats were blamed.
It has already been chronicled that Senator Cruz is the one really leading the Republican Party, both in popularity and in forcing the Republican and Democrat Leadership to march to the beat of a more conservative drum.
That’s why the vote to shut down the Export Import (Ex-Im) Bank is so important and why conservatives cannot settle for a temporary extension of funding.
The Ex-Im Bank is nothing more than corporate welfare. It uses taxpayer money to support massive corporations, and even foreign companies, that compete with our own businesses in the United States.
Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and President Obama’s cronies want the Export Import bank to stay alive, but the conservative caucus in the United States Senate is vocal enough to make the Senate grind to a halt on procedural grounds.
Just like with Obamacare, if we do not let efforts to fund the Ex-Im Bank progress through procedural votes, it cannot be funded. And without funding, it dies.
So why is it so important to shut down the Ex-Im Bank?
1. It shows conservative strength going into the mid-term elections. The Chamber of Commerce is already spending money supporting Democrats in the general election after dumping millions into Republican primaries in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Georgia. Republican’s shouldn’t trust the Chamber of Commerce, so why vote for a venture strongly supported by the Chamber?
2. While the media might try to spin it, it will not be the Republican’s fault. Right now conservatives in Congress should be illustrating why the Export Import Bank should go, and force Democrats into either a vote that can be used against them in November or a vote to kill the Export Import Bank. The ad almost writes itself: Do you want someone who shares your values making decisions in Washington, DC or K Street’s?
3. It could allow some to gain more street credibility and launch themselves into good 2016 positioning (either for running for Congress, Senate, Vice President, or even President).
If Senator Cruz and his conservative allies win on shutting down the Ex-Im Bank, we believe Cruz would then have the ability to hit Democrats below the waterline with shots to the IRS, the EPA, Foreign Aid Reform, the Federal Department of Education, Obamacare and securing our borders.
Conservatives should be about spending less, allowing free markets to decide which businesses fail or succeed, and letting local and state governments make regulations with common sense.
Friday, June 27th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections
On June 3, Chris McDaniel stunned the nation by edging out Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the Mississippi primary, just barely missing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. This was no longer a long-shot pariah challenge within the party; McDaniel had topped a 42-year incumbent in a high-turnout election. Despite the inveterate dependency, the endless relationships and political connections Cochran had forged throughout the state, McDaniel broke through the political machine most pundits thought to be impervious just one year ago.
Nonetheless, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) dove into the Senate runoff full-throttle on behalf of the indolent incumbent. Despite the clear understanding that Cochran would only be able to win the runoff by turning out Democrat voters in an effort to overpower the GOP voters, McConnell and the NRSC raised $825,000 for the Cochran campaign. The NRSC also dumped in $175,000 in get-out-the-vote efforts in the final days of the campaign – a GOTV effort that was focused on turning out Democrat voters against the core principles of the GOP platform.
Ultimately, their efforts, in conjunction with the local Super PAC headed by the Barbour gang, successfully turned out roughly 40,000 specifically targeted African-American Democrats. This was enough to overpower McDaniel’s robust turnout in heavily Republican counties and coming out 6,900 votes ahead. According to estimates from a New York Times data cruncher, McDaniel likely won the GOP vote by at least 8 points, roughly in line with the projections of pre-election polling.
We now know that racist robo calls and flyers were deployed in black communities, which rallied support for Cochran through praising Obama, repudiating mainstays of the GOP platform, and insinuating bigotry against McDaniel and GOP base voters. The flyers look awfully similar to those sent out by Henry Barbour’s Super PAC, “Mississippi Conservatives.” While the robo calls were illegally placed without disclaimers, there is evidence that the Barbour Super PAC paid shady Democrat firms to place robo calls, although the content of those calls have yet to be identified.
Hence, this is not your garden variety narrow victory in an acrimonious primary. There are a number of red lines that have been crossed here – disturbing questions that beg answers from Senators Jerry Moran and Mitch McConnell:
1) Heading forward, is the NRSC and GOP leadership happy with a campaign designed to win with Democrat votes in a Republican primary? A number of states have open primaries, but do they believe it is good for the party to actively seek cross-over votes to overpower a clear GOP majority for one candidate?
2) Are they content with winning a primary through race baiting against their own party by playing African American voters and President Obama against the GOP party faithful? Is this something they plan to replicate in the future?
3) There are a number of sharp disagreements over policy issues within the party. Many in the establishment want conservatives to drop social issues and border security from our party’s platform. But bedrock issues such as cutting spending, welfare reform, and balanced budgets are the glue that holds all Republicans together. It represents the foundation of the GOP platform promoting upward mobility over dependency. Thad Cochran clearly came out ahead solely because he attracted Democrats on a message repudiating these ideals of the party. Is that Kosher? Do they condone such behavior and is that good for the party headed forward?
4) Do they believe we should attract black voters by engaging in race baiting and promoting food stamps or should be promote the Republican message of school choice, upward mobility, economic growth, and cracking down on illegal immigrants who take their jobs? If the latter, will they repudiate Thad Cochran? If the former, do they plan to repeat that strategy in the general election?
5) If it is this easy to turn out African American voters on an anti-Republican, pro-Obama message in a Republican primary, imagine how easy it is for Democrats to engage in the same race-baiting messaging. What lesson will Democrats in the south, such as Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan, (D-NC) and Michele Nunn (D-GA) learn from you condoning this strategy if they can now say you agree with their premise about Republicans?
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections
Over the past few weeks, political news outlets have been filled with articles beaming about the masterful strategy of the GOP establishment in crushing grassroots challenges. They smugly celebrate the wily tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Chamber of Commerce, and Crossroads in counterattacking the Tea Party. But when you think past the initial headline, you will find that there is nothing special, clever, or innovative about their strategy. It is quite simple.
Members of the political class, which is comprised of the leaders in both parties, support unconstitutional policies, corporate welfare, amnesty for illegals, consistent debt ceiling increases, federal control of local functions, and anything else demanded by the dominant moneyed interests. In return, they receive unlimited campaign support in the form of direct contributions and independent expenditures that are carefully coordinated with their candidates through McConnell’s network of the Chamber, NRSC, and Karl Rove – as outlined by National Journal.
In comes a grassroots candidate from the country class. Needless to say, unless they are a billionaire, they struggle to collect small donations from patriotic citizens in order to develop a modicum of legitimacy and grow their name ID with the electorate. In fact, it is precisely because these candidates support principle over power that they have a difficult time raising money – at least anywhere near the scale of the political class. There is a clear inverse relationship between principled stances on the issues and raising money.
The campaign finance “inequality” has been further exacerbated by McCain-Soros campaign finance laws that place upstart candidates at a disadvantage. They lack a large network of donors, but might know of a handful of patriots who are willing to fully support the candidate. However, they are hamstrung by caps on individual contributions.
Challenging the political class in both open seats (or Democrat seats) and incumbent seats would be arduous enough if the only inherent problem was the money gap. But there are two more challenges: defining of the candidate and ideological lies.
Defining the Candidates
In most races with grassroots challengers, the incumbent enjoys ubiquitous name ID and has been fully defined in the eyes of the voters for years. As is often the case, the incumbent might have mediocre approval numbers, but given that he is a known quantity, there is no fear that he is a total lunatic.
Contrast that to most of the challengers who are starting out with zero name ID and are completely undefined in the minds of voters. Again, most of these challengers lack the funds to ever pose a threat to the incumbent, but the minute they gain traction, the political class has unlimited funds to define the challenger with their professional hit man opposition attacks. Let’s be clear, some grassroots candidates are better than others, but there is no human being with an impressive background who does not have something in their lives that can be exaggerated or distorted and put into a massive TV buy.
Remember, the first time most voters are hearing about our candidates is through the prism of the oppo hits, and you know what they say about a first impression. That is how they can destroy someone out of the gate — with a dehumanization campaign. Even if they didn’t have the funding advantage it would still be difficult because of the gap in definition. The establishment can completely destroy upstart insurgent candidates because there is no pre-existing definition in the minds of voters. We cannot destroy their candidates, rather merely hope to slowly knock them down a few points. Moreover, we focus on issues; they focus on oppo hits. Guess which one resonates more with voters?
Lies, Lies, Lies
As the National Journal article noted, McConnell and his lieutenants have learned how to pick the lock. Unlike moderate incumbents of the past like Dick Lugar, who, more or less, ran on their records, these members take the McCain/Hatch route. In other words, they lie their way through the primary.
Instead of running on support of bailouts, amnesty, corporate welfare, debt ceiling increases, expansion of the federal government, jettisoning social issues, and tweaking Obamacare (things they support privately or even vote for) they use their superior firepower to portray themselves as rocked-rib conservatives and paint their opponents as liberals. Remember how Mike Simpson ran ads saying he voted to REPEAL the Wall Street bailout and that his opponent was a liberal trial lawyer? Their cowardly allies do the same thing. Just look at Jason Hart’s article about OH-14 to understand how all these factors play together.
Ponder this thought for a moment: political class candidates receive millions of dollars from big government interests precisely because of their support for liberal causes. Then they turn around and use that money to lie to the voters and sell themselves as the antithesis of their funding sources and their opponents as the epitome of their special interests.
Headed into the next few weeks, this strategy might pay off. We pray to God that it doesn’t.
But one thing is clear: there is no skill, merit, or virtue in what they are doing. It is nothing but old-fashioned corruption and lies.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, Obamacare
We told you so.
During the battle to defund Obamacare last fall, we all warned that the schism within the party was about more than strategy; it was about the future of Obamacare itself.
At the time, our opponents within the party mocked our effort to defund Obamacare as a folly and even asserted that our strategy was distracting from the problems with Obamacare itself and would weaken our ability to repeal it. They promised that as long as we hold tight and wait until Republicans win back control of the Senate, we could repeal Obamacare.
We responded by noting that once the dependency of Obamacare would take effect, the law would be immutable. Even though the coverage offered by Obamacare would be subpar and eventually collapse the healthcare system, for the time being that is the only coverage many people would have, especially those who were thrown off their insurance plans. We also pointed out that the first time Republicans would have full control of government would not be until 2017, at which point the law would never be repealed.
Nonetheless, they fought us every step of the way and publicly lambasted conservatives in the halls of Congress. Obviously, Democrats had nothing to fear, as they knew the majority of Republicans had no intention of holding their ground and would even tear down their own base in order to do Harry Reid’s bidding.
Fast-forward just a half a year and Republicans are now admitting they lied to us. They never had any intention to fight for full repeal of Obamacare. Now that the defund fight is behind us, they are admitting that they cannot repeal it. Over the past week, no less than John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers – prominent GOP leaders who opposed the defund effort – have come out of the closet to imply, in varying degrees, that full repeal is a thing of the past.
What we are starting to see from GOP leadership is a pattern of only attacking those portions of Obamacare that the lobbyists for big business or the healthcare industry oppose, even though these same people have lobbied for the broader law. The House plans to re-introduce the bill that would bailout Cigna – a supporter of Obamacare – from one aspect of the law that adversely affects them.
The irony is that while GOP leaders like Boehner and McMorris Rodgers are surrendering on Obamacare, they are vehemently pushing for amnesty and open borders. Even Rand Paul, while backpedalling on repealing Obamacare, is talking up passage of amnesty and downplaying the problems with illegal immigration.
Folks, the fix is in. If we continue down the same path and fail to install new leadership, don’t act surprised when Republicans abandon the effort to repeal Obamacare and go all in for Obama’s amnesty bill. And frankly, if we reelect these same leaders, that is exactly what we deserve.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration
There is no way to sugarcoat the treachery coming from the highest levels of the GOP establishment. Former McConnell/NRSC staffers, with the help of a super-liberal billionaire, are running ads against Republicans for not supporting Obama’s prized agenda item – amnesty for illegal aliens.
The pro-amnesty FWD group, which is funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has already run millions of dollars’ worth of misleading ads touting Obama’s amnesty plan as a border security measure. Now they are attacking Rep. Steve King for not joining Obama in subverting our laws, vitiating our sovereignty, and erasing our borders. Most egregiously, they use the red herring anomaly of illegals serving in the military to suggest that King is “attacking” our soldiers.
At first glance, this might not appear to be an earth-shattering event in politics. After all, a liberal billionaire is attacking a conservative for being a conservative. But FWD is actually designed as a Trojan horse Republican organization and has ties to top GOP staffers. Rob Jesmer, former NRSC Executive Director, is now the campaign manager for this anti-sovereignty group. According to the group’s website, he manages FWD’s “campaigns, and oversees grassroots operations, research, earned and paid media, and our policy and legislative operations.” In other words, he is responsible for the lying ads last year and the current ads attacking Republicans.
In addition to Jesmer, Billy Piper was listed as one of the lobbyists for FWD. Piper used to serve as Chief of Staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell and is still one of his loudest mouthpieces. Also, Brian Walsh, the former communications director at the NRSC (now working with Schumer and Cuomo staffers at Singer-Bonjean) does some work for FWD.
Why is this so significant?
Team McConnell and the NRSC have accused the Tea Party of pursuing “profit for purity,” making careers out of attacking fellow Republicans. They went so far as to blacklist the vendors of these groups, such as Jamestown Associates, for helping Senate Conservatives Fund produce ads against Republicans in primaries. At the time, NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring said, “We’re not going to do business with people who profit off of attacking Republicans. Purity for profit is a disease that threatens the Republican Party.” Walsh has tripped over himself to get his name in every news story criticizing conservative groups for attacking Republican incumbents.
Let’s take this slowly for a moment. Conservatives run ads against Republicans in primaries (with legitimate Republican opponents) because the incumbents voted against the GOP party platform on issues ranging from amnesty and earmarks to debt, bailouts and funding for Obamacare. The NRSC decries this as profiting off of attacks on fellow Republicans, and proceeds to blacklist their vendors.
Now we have former McConnell and NRSC staffers and associates running ads against a Republican (with no other Republican opponent) for not supporting Obama’s prized initiative for his second term – mass amnesty for illegals and a permanent Democrat majority. By their own standard, anyone who is even remotely related to these hustlers should be blacklisted.
If attacking Republicans for violating the Republican Party platform is tantamount to profit for purity, attacking Republicans for violating the Democrat Party platform represents profit for perfidy at its worst.