“Senate rejects House government spending resolution that defunds Obamacare”
That headline from the Washington Examiner. Which I offer isn’t a good start in helping us win the battle to save our liberty via our own health care choices.
If we’re going to do this, we need to start producing better headlines — not just because they are more helpful in making our case (though that plays a role), but rather because they’ll more accurately depict what is happening.
For instance, why not “Harry Reid rejects House compromise bill that would have delayed ObamaCare for all Americans, not just big business.”
Or howabout, “Harry Reid vows to shut down the government over Republican attempt at a CR compromise”
From there, we can start getting more pointed: “Obama/Reid tell the American people it’s either accept ObamaCare as is or the Senate will not approve measures to keep the government running”
The point being, we need ostensibly conservative — or at least right-leaning — media outlets to apply the proper emphasis. I worried early today that they might not — many of such “conservative” organs being no more than GOP establishment mouthpieces — and the early returns haven’t convinced me otherwise.
So why not take to Twitter and using the hashtag #realheadline set the mainstream and establishment media straight from the outset. Let them know that we know what it is they are up to.
It’s the ruling class vs. the rest of us.
More conservative members want the GOP to keep passing measures that diminish the impact of the health care law and then blame Democrats for a shutdown that might result if they don’t pass the House version.
More senior and moderate Republicans, however, want to abandon the Obamacare defunding effort because it’s clear Democrats will continue to reject any bill that includes it.
Republicans tend to get blamed for shutdowns, polls show. And the latest CNN/ORC International survey shows 46 percent of respondents would blame the GOP.
“We are not going to repeal Obamacare,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said just after the Senate rejected the latest House proposal Monday. “We may do this for a day, we may do it for a week. But it is going to end up the same way.”
Spoken like a truly broken POW, Johnny.
Now, I’m a liberal arts major, and even I know that 46% — in what is likely a skewed CNN/ORC poll — isn’t a majority.
But beyond that, who cares? Isn’t it the job of “leaders” to make the case to the American people, to show just exactly why the shutdown is occurring and who is protecting the interests of the American people?
The problem with the GOP isn’t just that it’s unprincipled. It’s that it’s both unprincipled AND cowardly, and as a result, it only fights battles whose outcomes are predetermined.
Which makes it like the WWE of politics.
Honestly. Would you be surprised if Lindsey Graham showed up in tights and a cape wearing a mask and calling himself Captain Capitulation?
I hope the GOP conservatives in the House can hold off what I’m sure is a frantic push by the old bulls to surrender the fight; because surrendering, the establishment has found, is so much less stressful than spoiling for a fight, regardless of what their constituents overwhelmingly want them to do. And with an 85% re-election rate, they also figure that it’s likely they’ll get to keep their jobs no matter how they vote, if only they can come up with political cover. Just like all but 19 GOPers in the Senate did.