What a day it has been. Stories come out, stories change and then we watch the parties start walking them back.
What stories have been walked back this day and should we be happy about it?
The answer is a partial happy.
Earlier today, Breitbart.com reported and we commented here on TPN about Mitch McConnell going soft on his commitment to repeal Obamacare.
Conservatives, such as the folks here on TPN were outraged. Word must have quickly gotten to McConnell as he turned around and gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart saying:
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News today, Senator McConnell put all such fears to rest. “I have said many times that if I'm the leader of the majority next year, I commit to the American people that the repeal of ‘Obamacare’ will be job one,” he reiterated. “That includes pursuing reconciliation. What people need to understand is that this is literally a fight for the future of our country and Democrats have proven during this debate that they will stop at nothing to protect this massive expansion of government into our lives and our health care. We need to be aware that this will take every ounce of our energy to accomplish.”
McConnell went on to explain that the fight would not stop with the election: “Our success is dependent upon the voices of the many who are concerned about Obamacare to get involved and stay involved. Do not shut up, do not sit down, do not be intimidated. Keep fighting with every ounce of energy you have. We’ll do the same. The road to repeal begins with a Republican Senate and Mitt Romney in the White House, but it won’t end for me until this historic mistake is wiped off the books for good.”
One down, one to go.
We also talked about Mitt Romney today as well. While McConnell’s comments are cause to celebrate as he seems to be getting the message, the same cannot be said for Romney.
The Romney campaign reached out to Byron York of the Washington Examiner and said they were not declaring a cease-fire in the fight over Obamacare.
Well, that is good to a point. The Obamacare tax is just that, a tax. Unfortunately the Romney campaign is about as clueless on the subject of messaging as Barack Obama is on the subject of patriotism.
While conservatives, including many of us here at TPN, hammered Romney today, he does not seem to be getting the message.
He says he wants to repeal Obamacare but he also talks about replacing it. Unfortunately we conservatives justifiably fear that all Romney wants to do is put lipstick on this pig and sell us Obamacare with just a new name.
Will Romney ever get the message? It is doubtful.
A few conservatives lit up the blogosphere today with calls for a brokered convention and another candidate. Will that happen? It is doubtful.
For conservatives all we can do is make sure we get good conservative Senators and Congressmen elected so that they can lead Romney and we can save America.
I hear you... I don't think many others do though.
That is why I will vote for Romney but he will never get any money from me.
Why would you waste your vote by not donating to help him.
You are still clinging to hope that some "magic candidate" will somehow come along and get the Republican nomination.
When that happens , you will still have plenty of time to change your mind, and vote for the new name on the ballot.
The important things are:
1. Vote only for one of the names printed on the ballot.
2. If you don't want Premier Obama, vote ONLY for a major party's candidate. If you vote for a minor party, you are dropping your worthless vote into a bottomless pit. It will NEVER float to the top.
If we plan to repeal without any plan to replace in a Constitutional manner, there is zero chance that Romney will win! Too many people already are getting the early benefits and Obama will be informing them of future benefits! But he will not tell the people the negatives of Obamacare.
So, we must educate the populace. Tell them the evils of Obamacare and also sell them on a new plan (not socialistic) that will come in after Obamacare is repealed.
If we want to win, we must proceed in this fashion. Otherwise, forget it. The people will not back a plan that reverses Obamacare and leaves them high and dry.
You are absolutely right!! This is "real world" not the world as we would wish it!!
Carlo, that was what I was trying to say, it was the point that I wanted to make. We have to have a plan ready to replace Obamacare, and it has to be a good plan that people would be willing to embrace. Otherwise, as you say, forget it, they'll never vote for Romney.
As long as that "plan" consists solely of getting government out of healthcare so that the effects of a truly free market can cure the ills of the manipulated market we have now. One way is to smash the barriers that have been put in place against truly free HSA's, and another is allow insurance companies to compete across state lines. A third is to eliminate the 1980's mandate that forces emergency rooms to evaluate minor complaints without compensation.
Any other plan that includes anything that makes the federal government a philanthropic entity is a bad plan.
"A third is to eliminate the 1980's mandate that forces emergency rooms to evaluate minor complaints without compensation."
That will never happen -- you know that. Hospitals have taken advantage of the ER legal requirement to process everyone who shows up at the ER, until they are "stabilized" enough to be released safely.
The hospitals could have solved their problem long ago by referring the "sniffles" and "sprained ankles" to a local Urgent Care. They keep all comers, so they can use the numbers to justify their exorbitant charges on the people who have insurance and can afford to pay the freight for the other users.
Medicare once paid $9000 for an overnight stay to 9 AM, starting at the ER at 5 PM the day before, where the doctor claimed he wanted me "under observation". He knew that the charge wouldn't stand up, unless they had me hooked for overnight. The only time the nurse ever showed up was when I pressed the red button and called her for some ice water to drink. The "observation" was a hookup to their machine which took my blood pressure every 15 minutes (122/79).
We know more about the crazy charges than the government does. When they finally analyze it and figure it out, then we can start to fix it.
Right now, it's out of control.
As Murdock from Fox News was saying, Romney needs to sack his campaign manager, get some professional help.
Loyalty to an employee may be praiseworthy, but not at the expanse of the future of the nation
OK, Chief Justice Roberts stirred up a hornets nest last Thursday. Everyone seems to be awake. Drink more coffee, 5 hour energy or whatever it takes to keep you awake. You have a big job ahead. Your enemy has been awake and committed for the past 100 years,while we slept.
The tea party is not united. That is the way the progressives want us to be. If the various factions do not unite, we will not overturn the progressive juggernaut. The Kentucky state motto should be our motto: United we stand; divided we fall.
Next: There shall be no compromise with the progressives. Make sure Mr. Boehner understands this concept.
Do not provide funds or work for any candidate that does not or will not swear to operate within the 4 corners of the Constitution.
Speak with a united voice to all.
You are so correct !!!
Can't someone from the Tea Party get with Ronmey and educate him about his lackluster campaign style?
Obama won on "Hope and Change", the most vanilla description of his program imaginable.
Surely, Romney can tune up his campaign enough to win, without putting too much out which the Dems can lie about.
BUT, bo was the first black and he was voted on by many people because he was black. All races voted
for him. Sheeple