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Are Senate Republicans Fearful of the Left?

Posted on April 8 2010 12:53 pm
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Even today with anger at the Obama administration and Big Government sweeping the nation, there remain left-leaning, accomodationist, and politically tone-deaf Republican office holders who are quite happy to allow ObamaCare to destroy the foundations of the American republic.

W. James Antle III has an excellent piece in today’s American Spectator on the topic.

Well, that didn’t take long. After Democratic supermajorities rammed through their health care bill, Republicans were full of sound and fury about how this injustice will not stand. Even John McCain was on board, telling a television interviewer, “Outside the Beltway the American people are very angry and they don’t like it and we are going to try to repeal this.”

But in the GOP, cooler heads always prevail. What these Republican heads want to cool down is the campaign to repeal the health care takeover. Reports the Associated Press: “Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law.”

Antle notes that  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is in charge of the Senate Republican campaign, earlier proposed to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare but then soon changed his mind to allow an exception for the “non-controversial stuff” such as the ban on health insurance refusing to cover preexisting conditions. Of course such a ban will –not might– will destroy the insurance industry and it is hardly “non-controversial.”

Cornyn isn’t urging GOP candidates to run on the repeal issue. “Candidates are going to test the winds in their own states… In some places, the health care bill is more popular than others.” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says of a repeal, “It’s just not going to happen.”

Another Republican candidate who –regardless of any personal beliefs he may hold– is functionally on the left side of the political spectrum is Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who is seeking Barack Obama‘s old seat from Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Kirk isn’t much of a conservative. In fact he’s barely a Republican at all.

He sold out the nation and voted for the economically insane cap-and-trade (or as its detractors call it, “cap-and-tax”) legislation. Voting for cap and trade is arguably just as bad as voting for ObamaCare because the legislation would give the federal government sweeping new powers to intervene in Americans’ everyday lives and would deal a death blow to the economy — all to satisfy Al Gore‘s anthropogenic global warming fantasies.

Kirk says previously promised to “lead the effort” to repeal ObamaCare. Now he glumly says, “Well, we lost.” Republicans “do not have the votes,” but Kirk says there are “a sliver of good things in the bill which Republicans agreed with.”

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