Jul 26, 2013

ERICK ERICKSON'S REDSTATE MORNING BRIEFING





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For July 26, 2013






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1.  The Ephialtes Establishment in the Republican Party

I can see how the GOP loses in November of 2014. The establishment and base have moved so far apart the base is about ready to go third party or sit at home. If the GOP does not make a stand against Obamacare, they will not see the energy they need to effectively compete in 2014.


Let me explain what is happening and what will happen.


Karl Rove's Crossroads group commissioned a poll by North Star Opinion Research. The poll found most Americans do not want the GOP to block "health care reform." That's right, Crossroads repeatedly called Obamacare "the healthcare reform law" and was shocked to find people oppose stopping reform. Go figure.


But that poll has been circulated to Republican leaders and they have soiled themselves over it. That is why Mitch McConnell will not support Mike Lee's strategy to draw a line in the sand against funding Obamacare. That is why John Cornyn withdrew his name from Mike Lee's letter. That is why Richard Burr of North Carolina calls defunding Obamacare "stupid."


These men are about power, not principle. They've chosen to let polls lead them instead of leading people.


Already, Byron York is out with a piece saying the GOP will not defund Obamacare. Next we will most likely see Kim Strassle of the Wall Street Journal write one of her semi-regular hit pieces on Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the conservatives who want to stand their ground.


Then we will see Jenn Rubin begin another hyperbole laden attack on Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz.


The actual editorial page of the Wall Street Journal will chime in to yet again attack the Hobbits for daring to stand on principles. The Democrats will then dangle the shiny object of the Keystone Pipeline before the GOP. Like dogs scrambling for scraps at the table, the GOP will take it and their editorial friends will hail this as a grand bargain worth taking. Pay no attention to Obamacare being implemented.


We have seen this before. The GOP leadership will cave and dazzle the base with shiny objects. They will then send out fundraising letters in courier type telling you to stand with them and send them money if you want Obamacare defunded.


Leonidas and three hundred Spartans held the pass at Thermopylae against overwhelming Persian odds until Ephialtes betrayed them and led the Persians on a path around. If the Republican Establishment were in Greece, they'd stand with Ephialtes. So desperate are they to regain power, the Republican Establishment will be led by those who promised President Romney and spent hundreds of millions of dollars getting the status quo. . . . please click here for the rest of the post


2.  The Consultants Who Brought Us President Romney & The GOP Senate Majority Oppose Obamacare Defunding

These Republican consultants do not know how to win. Perhaps we should set our minds to winning this fight instead of listening to the consultants who told us steel tariffs in Pennsylvania, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the General Motors bailout, and President Romney were the way to build a Republican Majority.


It's worth nothing that were these Republican consultants helping with colonial strategy, there would never have been a revolution. The American Revolution was not originally popular. It took convincing to make the case over time and even then it remained unpopular among the upper middle class of the Middle Colonies for quite some time. Thank God these pukes weren't around then. . . . please click here for the rest of the post


3.  Obamacare: The Law of Unintended (but Perfectly Foreseeable) Consequences

Senator Marco Rubio is one of 15 Republican Senators who have pledged not to vote for any continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. In the video above, he gives his reasons why.


Obamacare has yet to take effect, yet it should be abundantly clear to anyone with a pulse that among its many flaws, the abominable law gives employers an incentive to shift workers from full-time to part-time status. . . . please click here for the rest of the post


4.  Do These Republican Senators Support Obamacare?

The below Senators have not signed Sen. Mike Lee's letter to force the defunding of Obamacare by blocking a continuing resolution on government spending — snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Any vote for any funding of Obamacare is a vote for it. If these below senators aren't interested in defunding it — the only way we have right now of stopping it — how can we trust them to support a repeal? Obamacare is hurting us now. If these elected officials won't act to stop it we need to find those who will. Pick which narrative scares you the most, ladies and gentlemen. . . . please click here for the rest of the post


5.  Texas Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) No Longer Supports Defunding Obamacare. Call Him at 202-224-2934 to Ask Why

Senator Mike Lee has been collecting signatures to a letter pledging to defund Obamacare.


Senator John Cornyn was an original signer of the letter. This has been confirmed by multiple outlets, including the Blaze, and confirmed by multiple Senate sources.


But, after pressure from Senator McConnell's office and others, Senator John Cornyn has yanked his name from Senator Lee's letter. . . . please click here for the rest of the post


6.  North Carolina's @SenatorBurr Thinks You're Dumb. Call Him at (202) 224-3154 & Tell Him Defunding Obamacare is Smart

Do you think the GOP should hold the line on Obamacare? Do you think the GOP should tell the Democrats no continuing resolution will contain funding for Obamacare? If you do, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina thinks you are dumb.


Senator Mike Lee's strategy on Obamacare is very simple. Don't let the implementation begin. He has gotten a number of senators to sign a letter pleading they will oppose any continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. Yesterday, Senator Burr declared this "the dumbest idea I've ever heard of."


Dumber than Obamacare itself? Really? He might need to know the base is quite serious on this issue. . . . please click here for the rest of the post



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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState


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