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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sitting Out the Battle; Fighting a Fake Fight -- By David Horowitz, RedState

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During the entire voting process on President Obama’s nominees and other issues this year, everyone has been asking the obvious question.  Where is Mitch?  Where is the supposed GOP Leader?  Why is he not whipping the vote against Schumer and Reid?  Why is he not even voicing his own opinion on the issue?  Is it because he cannot control John McCain but really opposes him or is it because he actually agrees with him but is too scared to publicly stand by his private views, opting instead to allow Senators McCain, Graham, and Bob Corker to do the dirty work?

We are seeing the same dynamic play out with the defund battle.  Senator Ted Cruz came to Washington to actually change the game.  He plans to follow through with his campaign promises.  What a novel idea.  He plans to take an unpopular law and actually oppose it when it really counts.  Not surprisingly, John McCain, Bob Corker and the backbencher progressives are hyperventilating.  But once again, we hear only crickets from the minority leader, except for a few parsed statements indicating that he opposes the defund effort in general, parts of Obamacare are “okay,” and that his standalone delay bill – which will never force the issue – Is the true way to defund Obamacare.

So is McConnell really fighting behind the scenes to neutralize John McCain or is he allowing him to rule the roost?

Last week, John McCain told reporters he was supporting Mitch McConnell against Matt Bevin in Kentucky.  Obviously, McCain doesn’t feel threatened by him.  He is most likely empowered by McConnell.

As conservatives begin working on the 2014 primaries, we must all remember the difference between those Republicans who actually fight while we have men on the field and those who talk tough when the ball is dead.  Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have shown us what it means to shake up the vacuous leadership in the party.  They will not allow this $7,500 tax on every family to go through.  It’s now time for us to send them reinforcements.  Otherwise, we will suffer through the rest of Obama’s second term with John McCain as the opposition leader.

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