...and that's the consistent problem with establishment RINOs.
This morning you may have heard a capitulating perspective from Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell that makes conservatives wonder why he's the leader of the Republican Senators and how we can get a better, more energized fighter in his place. Here's the line that's being repeated in the media...file this under 'what not to say', Mitch:
"If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side, because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place."
Instead, it's the later comments that he should emphatically state with a smidgen of emotion, if possible (i.e., 'what to say')...
"I don't think there's any bigger issue in the fall election, except for the general state of the economy, in which this has contributed to making so poor. [The] Chief Justice has made it clear that it's a tax. That's the last word; it's a tax. That's appropriate for the Senate to consider with 51 votes."
There's the parliamentary procedures we're looking for, Mitch. If they can use them to ram bad legislation down our throats, surely the GOP can use those same procedures to stop it when they regain power.
When asked if the Republicans really want to run on a platform of "taking something away that President Obama has secured," McConnell quickly responded, "Sure. We're gonna take away the half-a-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts, take away $500 billion in new taxes. We'll be happy to take that away."
Where was this McConnell, or at least his language, in that town hall? Just give us some fight, man. Don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!
This latest partial capitulation follows yesterday's notification from the Romney camp that they really had no plans to hammer the administration on the Obamacare-turned-Obamatax issue, per Chief Justice Roberts' decision. Sigh. We, conservatives, knew fighting against this mandate would be Romney's weakness. Makes one feel kinda like Ben Howe's piece over at RedState after describing his earlier warnings about a Romney nomination:
And now Romney receives his first test on this. Obamacare is declared a tax, and the Romney camp seems to be cowering away.
I’m willing to give them some time on this one before I give up on their messaging. I’d like to see Obama trapped by their tactic or perhaps see a video that can adequately present the issue in a way that the masses can accept.
Until then I can’t put this in a win category. After Thursday’s SCOTUS decision, many of us took solace in the fact that Obama would have to defend his tax record. Despite the positive spin that the Romney camp is putting out, they seem to have destroyed the only glimmer of optimism we were able to pull out of that judicial tragedy.
Perhaps the Romney camp should just try something like this:
Look, I recognize that we shouldn't get caught up in the 'tax-or-penalty' semantics (as Levin says, "call it a tax, call it a penalty, call it a cucumber!"). Nor should the pre-capitulation start before the fight's even begun, as with McConnell's mixed messages. And I know we face the stark realities that Rush is expressing right now on the air, "Obamacare is the law of the land. There is no silver lining. The Constitution has been turned on its head." So now we must figure out how to move beyond this great loss of Liberty for the time being to work diligently towards informing more voters of the detriments of this massive entitlement, in both the scope of government overreach and the havoc that's about to be unleashed on our society. Then we must work to defeat this march towards tyranny at the ballot box before its full implementation. That is the way to halt it...reversing it only comes afterwards. I just pray that these early incongruencies among the GOP leadership find some focus to help us defeat this president and his statist objectives. We shouldn't have to drag the GOP in the right direction to realize this.