It was at CPAC in 2013, the largest gathering of conservative activists in the country and RINO leader Mitch McConnell wanted to throw a big bone to the fired up Republican base, all the while knowing that his words were full of emptiness and deception.
Dramatically standing in front of 20,000 pages of towering, several feet high Obamacare regulations for effect, Mitch McConnell, showing energy rarely if ever seen before by the stoic underhanded manipulator, made the case that Obamacare should be repealed “root and branch.”
The message was clear — elect more Republicans if you want to see a full repeal of Obamacare as McConnell bragged that the Senate Republicans had just voted unanimously to defund Obama, another show vote intended to be an eventual bait and switch once Republicans had complete power in both houses of Congress and the presidency.
“I want to take a look at that stack of paper behind me,” McConnell told the fired-up audience at CPAC 2013, “It’s the most powerful argument yet against Obamacare,” he said, a line that was followed by enthusiastic applause.
“What you’re seeing is 20,000 pages of rules and regulations. 20,000 pages!” McConnell explained. “And if you think that’s bad, wait’ll they try to fix it!” he predicted, referring to the Obama-led progressive leftist Democrats.
Except the ones trying to “fix” Obamacare — it turns out — once they were in power wasn’t the Democrats. It wasn’t Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer . Nope, it was Mitch McConnell himself who crafted a bill behind closed doors that continued the Obamacare apparatus, leaving in place the 20,000 pages of regulatory structure that he promised to shred in 2013. His bill was not an appeal of Obamacare, but simply an attempt to “fix” it, exactly what he argued against in 2013.
“On Wednesday, we had a vote in the Senate to defund this monstrosity,” McConnell announced. “Every single Republican voted to defund Obamacare, and of course, every Democrat voted the other way,” he boasted.
Referring to the mountain of papers behind him, McConnell clucked that Democrats are going to have a lot of fun explaining to their constituents that they’re defending Obamacare.
“Obamacare should be repealed root and branch!” he hollered to thunderous applause.
What a line. If only he meant it. He doesn’t.
As Erick Erickson very accurately put it today at The Resurgent, Mitch McConnell, who has been at war with the conservative base of his own party for years, says one thing in public and another behind closed doors:
Mitch McConnell, in public, says he wants to pass a health care reform plan that repeals Obamacare. Remember, McConnell says he wants to scrap Obamacare “root and branch.”
But behind the scenes, McConnell has been working over liberal senators to assure them his plan will not actually scrap the medicaid expansion and that he will undermine Senator Ted Cruz’s amendment to provide individual freedom in healthcare choices.
McConnell, again and again, stacks the deck against conservatives, setting them up to be the fall guy for his own failures.
McConnell must now explain to voters why he has not fought for a real repeal of Obamacare from the get-go, why with a Republican president who will sign a real repeal, he’s putting forth bills to keep Obamacare in place.