Why Is the Left So Concerned with the GOP’s Fate?

The Left and some weak congressional Republicans have been flinging insults at the conservative strategy to stop Obamacare: defunding the entire law.  It’s apparently “the dumbest idea” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has ever heard.  The liberal media continues to assert a potential government shutdown would be politically devastating for the GOP, especially in the upcoming 2014 election. The truth, however, is that not only would this strategy stop Obamacare, but it would actually be good for the GOP, if history is any indication.

The Left’s negativity speaks volumes. They’re obviously not really concerned with the future of the GOP.  One liberal blogger said that the strategy is “dangerously insane for the party.”  But they’re scared silly of the defund strategy because they know it’s the best way to end Obamacare.

Obamacare was founded on false promises about quality, affordable healthcare for all.  It turned out to be a bureaucratic nightmare.  And now that it’s failing – which some Democrats have begun to acknowledge – the new plan for the Left is to lie about conservative efforts to stop Obamacare. 

The left cannot even talk about Obamacare – with regard to a potential government shutdown over its defunding or otherwise – without admitting that Obamacare isn’t popular.

Like broken records, they say that using a measure to fund the government but defund Obamacare would be bad for the GOP.

But history demonstrates that’s just not true.  The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky explains:

When Republicans last stood up for conservative principles—in the 1990s—they didn’t lose.  Instead, they achieved a balanced budget and welfare reform, even though it took a government shutdown to get there.

Recently, a small band of conservative senators – led by Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas – have called on Congress to pass a year-end spending bill that would keep government going, but bar spending anything to implement Obamacare.  Common wisdom holds that the president would veto any measure denying funds to his “legacy” achievement, thereby triggering a government shutdown.  Common wisdom also holds that Republicans would be blamed for the shutdown, and a resentful public will punish them for it at the polls.

That’s certainly the narrative being spun by the Administration and many pundits of the left.  And it even has some adherents among the ranks of GOP officials and consultants. House Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) calls the defunding effort a “suicidal political tactic.” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) calls it “the dumbest idea” he has ever heard.

But is it really that “dumb?”

Von Spakovsky continues:

The defund=doom predictions stem from an erroneous reading of the 1995-1996 government shutdowns,  when a GOP-controlled Congress faced-off against a Democratic White House.  Commentators frequently cite the “political fallout” from that confrontation as reason enough to avoid another shutdown scenario.

In the 1996 elections Republicans lost a mere eight seats and Senate Republicans gained two seats. “A political Armageddon it was not,” he adds.

Remember, a vote to defund Obamacare is not a vote to shut down the government.  And what American really needs is principled conservatives who will fight Obamacare with the most effective tools at their disposal.

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