Erick Erickson is never one to pull a punch and in a recent post at RedState he essentially calls Reps. Paul Ryan, Jim Jordan, Tom Price, Jen Hensarling, Steve Scalise and every other conservative House leader “naive fools.” Their crime? They all refused to shutdown the federal government over immediately defunding all of Obamacare. He writes:
There are many naive fools who think Obamacare will crumble under its own weight.
History shows us that government entitlements never crumble under their own weight. Rather, countries crumble under the weight of those entitlements.
Democrats were willing to lose their congressional majority to pass Obamacare. They lost the House. They came close to losing the Senate. Republicans have shown no such willingness to correct the Democrats’ wrong.
What is Erickson’s point here? That Republicans should be willing to lose their majority in the House, like Democrats did, in order to defund Obamacare implementation this year?
What would that accomplish exactly?
If Republicans acted like petulant two-year-olds who throw an epic tantrum every time they don’t get 100 percent of what they want, Obama would get back control of the House in 2014 and secure a stronger majority in the Senate. In 2015, he would then immediately refund Obamacare, fast track it’s implementation, grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, fast track their conversion to become Democratic voters, and raise taxes by at least another trillion dollars.
It probably feels very therapeutic to write sentences like, “Now is the time to have the fight. Now is the time to shut down the government.” But that is venting, not thinking. Ryan, Jordan, Hensarling, et al have taken a longer more strategic view. I doubt calling them “naive fools” is going to change their minds either.