WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2015 – Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would do well to remember Gen. George Patton’s famous line: “Lead, follow or get out of my way.”
“[Mitch] McConnell needs to resign,” said Roger Millere, the pro-life conservative vice chairman of the Republican National Committee on his Facebook page, just above a link to a story in the Hill describing a McConnell plan to fund Planned Parenthood in an effort to prevent a government shutdown.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Based on estimates drawn from CBO [Congressional Budget Office] and OMB [Office of Management and Budget] data, 83 percent of government operations will continue” in a so-called government shut down.
You see, our bipartisan ruling elites have constructed a national government that pretty much functions on its own. Like a radioactive isotope with a half-life of 50,000 years.
“So the government shutdown, at least as measured by money spent, is really a 17 percent government shutdown,” concluded the Examiner.
Bipartisan, big-government advocates in Washington fear a shutdown because the longer it persists, the clearer it would become in the minds of easily-distracted Americans that a 17 percent cut in government is livable and should be expanded.
During the last government shutdown of 2013, the media flooded the airwaves with stories of closed national monuments and sob stories of furloughed federal workers. You know, those deemed “non-essential personnel.”
The mainstream media broadcast story after story of how the shutdown was a victory for President Obama and his Democrats heading into the midterm elections of 2014.
Instead, Republican voters continued the work begun in 2010: unseating big-government politicians, including Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. They also gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.
Like disgraced and retiring House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell is dedicated to obstructing the will of Republican voters by allying himself with the priorities of the White House, which includes continued funding for Planned Parenthood.
Getting back to Roger Millere, he told the Washington Times that McConnell is “a good and honorable guy, but the [conservative] base is leaving our party… I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections…. Not trying to repeal Obamacare, not defunding Planned Parenthood, not trying to stop illegal immigration, that is what Republicans ran on and once they were elected they did not follow up with their promises.”
Much to his credit, John Boehner understood the uncomfortable reality before him: He could remain the Republican House Speaker allied with President Obama and House Democrats on the issues of spending and debt and risk destroying what little remains of his party; or he could give way to a new breed of uncompromising and principled Republican representative that voters keep sending to Washington – those true to their constituents rather than the crumbling fossils of the GOP’s ruling apparatchiks.
Unable to lead, unwilling to follow, Boehner got out of the way.
And so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s political death-watch begins.