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GOP Shares Goals, But Not Priorities in Pursuing Them

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Fortunately, all Congressional Republicans – yes, every single one of them – agree on two key goals for the party. They seek to block or roll back the destructive system known as “Obamacare” and also hope to win the Senate next year and the presidency two years later.

The only disagreement is the right order to pursue these goals. Many conservatives demand a “last stand” on Obamacare, including government shut-down and possible default. But Democrats control both White House and Senate, so there’s no way to win that fight and crushing failure won’t help political prospects.

Most party leaders emphasize election victories first to build momentum for incremental reform to clean-up the mess of Obamacare. Doesn’t it make more sense to go from electoral victories to legislative success, rather than going from sure legislative failure to likely electoral defeats?

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  1. Scott  •  Oct 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The tea party has hijacked the GOP and now the prospects for election success in the future has taken a big hit. I simply can’t imagine why reasonable people would attempt a stunt like this. Can you imagine what the GOP leaders would say if the democrats tried to pull…we’ll only pass this budget if we make gay marriage legal…the GOP would laugh them off the hill! But that’s what the Tea Party is doing and the GOP leaders don’t have the guts to teach them the fine art of compromise.

  2. mark  •  Oct 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Mike – You’re assuming that the main stream media is going to hold dems accountable and provide fair treatment to the GOP, neither of which ever happens. There is nothing bringing dems to the negotiating table. If the shoes were truly reversed, the GOP would be getting blamed for not negotiating with the Dem house. I think its also naive to believe that the GOP, as its stands today, is much different than the dems. Both parties gladly took an exemption from Obamacare, both parties want bigger gov’t, and both parties consider themselves career politicians. It is the very few tea-party and conservative elected officials that are slowing the growth of gov’t.

  3. Dave  •  Oct 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Mike, I wish you would debate Mark Levin. He would clean your clock in a debate.

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