Red State’s Erick Erickson is one of the few conservative commentators to actually understand what is happening in the Republican Party vis a vis Repealing / Defunding / ??? ObamaCare. The party’s leadership has never cared about ObamaCare. They wouldn’t support it, not because it is bad public policy, but because they knew it would cost them votes. Remember, these same people had no problem supporting another massive entitlement – Medicare Part D.
A moderate, by definition, is one who believes in nothing. Unfortunately the Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, et al are moderates. The believe in nothing other than increasing their own political power. We have symbolic votes to repeal ObamaCare because these people know that nothing will come of it. They threaten to not increase the debt ceiling because they know it will have to be raised. When they back down they tell us that the real fight will come at budget time. Budget time has come. There will be no budget and they now tell us that they have to pass a continuing resolution … without a defunding of ObamaCare. The upcoming debt ceiling increase is where we need to tackle ObamaCare. The GOP leadership not only doesn’t mind lying to us, they also believe that we are too stupid to remember what they told us less than a year before.
Erickson has hit the nail on the head. The current intra-party fight over defunding ObamaCare is the “Read My Lips” moment for GOP moderates. Perhaps the Boehner / Cantor / McConnell posse should make a pilgrimage to Houston and ask George H. W. Bush how it all worked out for him. It made Bill Clinton president.
All of this doesn’t mean that conservatives should think that the battle is over and that we will regain control of the GOP. It doesn’t. Staying home will only give the Democrats a win. We must work to ELECT conservatives. Sadly, too many of us have become such ideologues that we will not support candidates unless we are in 100% agreement. While moderates and conservatives all try to claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan, they refuse to follow the wisdom which he left us.