GOP strategists agonizing over how to win this fight against O’care need to relax.
Democrats own the Senate…but 21 of them are up for re-election in 2014.
(That’s the soft under-belly the GOP should be positioning to target.)
With only 46 Republican senators, the best the GOP can do is show that Democrats are willing to join in lock-step support of O’care by voting to fund it (or refusing to defund it).
Everything else is kabuki theatre…at that point.
GOP Senators should vote for the House bill. If Obama’s Senate puppet Reid wipes out the defunding amendment, the GOP Senate should vote against that Democrat version.
Any Senate changes to the House’s bill forces the Senate version back to the House.
At that point the GOP has ammo to use against the 21 Democrat Senators in 2014, and the House can do what it needs to do as a budgetary end-game…which is…
…Speaker Boehner should then release individual Continuing Resolutions to fund the necessary government functions, with a separate HHS bill that defunds Obamacare.
There’s no rule that says it all has to be in one bill. At that point, if Democrat Senators still want to play ‘chicken’ with government funding, it’s on them…for all to see.
If Harry Reid and Democrats lump everything back into one bill…they’re then revealed as wanting it all…and as the ones willing to shut down the government to get their way.
Brilliant. A carefully crafted plan that exposes vulnerable ‘Obamacare Democrats’ in the Senate…AND puts them in the position of forcing a government shutdown.
Thus, following the plan BlueCollar laid out…in July.