Mackinac Island— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian leader and potential presidential contender, said Saturday Republicans likely have lost the battle on repealing Obamacare and should focus on improving the president’s signature health care law. Paul struck a tone of realism Saturday — a day after the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. The latest effort was a condition of funding federal operations past Sept. 30 or risking a government shutdown. “I’m acknowledging that we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare but by starting with our position of not funding it
Comments: Just to make certain the AP wasn´t setting up the Senator with its brief item posted earlier, had to find a more in-depth piece...
Not so fast Senator. IF Republicans win the WH, Senate and House in 2014 could it be possible to repeal it? Probably not since there would be a lawsuit and John Roberts would prevent it. Sorry I brought the possibility up.
They do not want to repeal it. If the Republicans win every single election for the next ten years they will not repeal Obamacare. They all like it because it gives huge power to the Feds and puts the entire medical system in the hands of giant insurance companies that really help with campaign contributions, book deals, honorariums and 6 figure job offers. Best of all if anyone complains they can blame the Democrats.
Deflating...he´s giving a rationale why Nobamacare can´t be ended, as well as, why my dreams of removing the EPA from the cabinet and making it a ´function´ under Commerce, completely shutting down DofEduc. and returning the funds to the States, closing up the EEOC and letting the courts deal with claims, defunding affirmative action, scrapping the tax code for a flat tax, etc.,are just pipe dreams regardless of who controls Congress...
This speech, at this time, is disgusting! What we need is a united front. What can Rand Paul be thinking?!
This could be one of the most despicable political actions imaginable. If Obamacare is defunded, Ted Cruz looks good (as he deserves); Cruz is already being talked about as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. Might Paul be undermining Cruz on this issue? Are politics really that dirty? [N.B. The last two questions were asked by my 4-y.o neighbor.]
Excepting the Greeks of antiquity and much later, a few Brits and Germans, politicians are notoriously unwise. In that case, Clements maxim is appropriate viz; "Better to stand in silence and be presumed a dunce than to open one´s mouth and remove all doubt." Paul is Exhibit A. The battle hasn´t commenced and he´s waved the white flag. What a mensch!!!
#1, of course Paul is endorsing McConnell. You do know that McConnell´s "Tea Party" challenger Matt Bevin is a Yankee interloper whose primary support is from the Democratic Party, don´t you? The Louisville "Tea Party," Bevin´s booster, is headed by Wendy Caswell, a registered Democrat who signed a pledge to obey and support the principles of the Democratic Party.
A better title would be Sen Paul Accepts Reality . The battle against Obamacare was lost when Republicans were unable to become the majority in the Senate in 2010 and 2012 and Obama was reflected. Republicans don´t even have enough Senators to get close to a simple majority.
You must always, always be aware that almost 50% of the voters get their information from CNNABCNBCCBS and the newsrooms are fully of socialists who think Obama is their savior. This makes the GOP fight VERY difficult. They do have to worry about re-election. What good is it to make a stand, be defeated, and replaced by a Democrat?
This is a tough call.
The GOP VOTERS messed up big time when they sat on their hands and did not elect Romney. The VOTER is the reason we are in this mess.
Spend every spare minute of your time making sure that for the next two elections, every single GOP voter in your precinct VOTES.
We can fix all our problems through the election process. However, we MUST get every Republican to the polls. None of this purity garbage. We cannot fix our problems by electing Democrats. We might be able to fix our problems by electing Republicans.
(The choice of trying to elect libertarians (I am one) is a fools errand.
Well, the title of this thread was bound to bring out the usual French surrender monkeys with their stirring speeches of defeatism. Wish I had the white flag concession on some of these threads; I´d never have to work again.
Of course he does, he got his deal. Let the rubes eat cake. Republican Senate: We might as well not bother because we are out numbered. General McAuliffe: Nuts Least we forget Chosin Reservoir, Dong Ha Bridge, Mogadisha, to name just three of all the battles, as well as all the American Revolution battles, that we were outnumbered, we were out number, but fought on because, win or lose, it was the right thing to do. Americans, we fight for liberty.
#19: wow. That 68% winning percentage you ascribe to Jefferson is impressive indeed.
The 2012 election loss was not about too many Republican voters dying. It was about too many purist Republican voters punishing the world in a huffy snit over Romney not being pure enough for their standards.
That´ll show ´em.
Cut off your nose to spite your face, and you end up looking like some kind of zombie.
#17 and #19 remind of the Germans in 1918, who could neither understand nor accept their defeat in the Great War; so they bought into the siren song that they were "stabbed in the back by Jews, homosexuals and radical socialists." The rest is history. The canard that Romney lost because of R no shows is an ignorant slander from room temperature IQ´s. Romney lost for a very direct and simple reason; he was an utterly feckless, incompetent and vacuous candidate who reminded voters of George Bush and the voters felt it in their very bones! Cold reality.
Is Ron Paul OK with this? Didn´t he pride himself on never voting for anything that wasn´t constitutional?
Funding can only be authorized by the House, that´s what we´ve always been told. I can just see the Democrats/media starting to refer to 0care as a bipartisan program if it ends up getting funded with any GOP votes. Our one point of pride so far has been that the act passed with no GOP votes. Kiss that goodbye.
This is cheap political theater on the part of Rand Paul to undermine Ted Cruz.
What is it about God loving, freedom loving, patriotic Americans like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin who are pro-life, who believe in the sanctity of marriage, who believe in a smaller less intrusive government with secure borders that make the Karl Rove sheep so angry and bitter?
Romney lost because he folded up like a cheap lawn-chair during the campaign and massive voter fraud by the Democrats in black inner city districts in the swing states. BTW, Karl Rove was a key advisor to Romney so you can chalk up another loss to Rove who is in it to line his own pockets.
The GOP signed it´s own death warrant when they declared war on the TEA Party after the 2010 midterms.
The Colorado GOP didn´t even back the recall effort there to recall two liberal gun control nuts in the Senate. The recall success was completely due to grass roots political activism.
The death knell for the RINO Party will come when they nominate Cris Christie in 2016 or in case Christie keels over between now and then, Jeb Bush.
The republicans are always goingto be at a disadvantage simply ecause they don´t believe in giving away free stuff.Social liberalism is a precursor of political liberalism and we´ve never been as socially liberal..
So old standby things reublicans stand for don´t have the teeth they used to. Tax cuts have been ridiculed as adding to the deficit,even though the left claims things like unemployment and government worker bonuses stimulate the economy.People who are generally economicaly insecure are going to vote for the safety net. Obama killing jobs is no accident,it´s to crate more dependency.
Personal responsibility now falls on deaf ears.Fot that matter any theme that carries a values message is being tossed as religious nuts trying to impose their will and snoop on people´s bedrooms.
Conservatism takes time to explain,liberalism doesn´t. Just say food stamps are needed for moms to feed their kids and the arguments over. Never mind the system is being defrauded out of billions.
What #17 & #29 said. Of course, if it´s in the Detroit "news" (one of two leftist-rags in MI.) it MUST be true! And, how predictable that some "conservatives" here seem to wait with baited breath, hoping for a rino-moment to use the old circular firing squad and attack "wayward" Republicans. Who needs the demonrats to target the GOP if they don´t fall into line when there are so many armchair quarterbacks out here more than willing to bash Congressional Republicans? This isn´t over and Rand Paul NEVER said it was. Sheeessshhhh
#26, the Republican party reached it´s voting member peak in 2004 with 64 million.
For a variety of reasons ~ none of which were sound ~ the Republicans neglected to engage in major voter registration drives. In the meantime 4 million Republicans died! They weren´t replaced.
By the time McCain ran we were down to just a few more than 59 million and they all voted. Then the TEAParty happened, and they got 5 million more Republicans registered, and they voted. We swept the 2010 races ~ and took over 30 state governments as well!
That took us up to 64 million BTW, but by 2012 came around we had another 4 million Republicans die. Romney got 60 million!
NO REPUBLICANS FAILED TO SHOW UP
Romney should have sponsored an intense voter registration drive over the 2012 summer. Instead he spent most of his time meeting with small groups of donors where he told them how good it would be.
Turned out it wasn´t good at all. His campaign didn´t get off the ground. He took down half our Senate candidates besides. All together we only needed 250,000 more voters in the right places to win the Presidential ~ we could have had another 5 million and whutched the Obots anyway!
In this country about 90 million adults don´t register and they don´t vote. There are 66 million registered Democrats ~ they vote every 4 years. There are 61 million registered Republicans ~ they vote every 4 years, and 45 million of them vote every year.
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