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Sen. Mitch McConnell increasingly under fire from GOP right over ‘ObamaCare’

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See how much you learn when you broaden your media horizons and include publications outside your comfort zones?

Nothing beats the Washington Times for old-fashioned right wing, less-than-objective political bias. The paper, owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, pounds the Obama Administration specifically – and liberals in general – each and every day.

But, the Washington Times, like the National Enquirer, is an aggressive news gathering organization that sometimes gets juicy stuff before anyone else. And the WaTimes has a newly reinvigorated web effort that aggregates good stuff from around the digital universe.

This weekend, its news service was hot and heavy about the senior senator from Kentucky’s reluctance to spend each and every minute of the day trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare in Right-speak. In short, McConnell is not conservative enough!

The Washington Times News service had this banner which, in fact, they stole from The Hill:

“McConnell shrinks from showdown on ObamaCare”

The drop head was, “Vote to repeal ObamaCare or ‘We the People’ will repeal your leadership position”

Subtle.

McConnell’s reasoning is, “If you keep having repeal votes, you give Democrats a chance to say, ‘I voted for it in 2010, but I’m against it now’ cover for the 2012 election cycle.”

Here’s from the Washington Times/The Hill post:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told his colleagues this week that he does not want to vote again on repealing President Obama’s health care reform law until after the November elections. The GOP’s game plan on health care is politically sensitive because influential conservative activists have called for repeated votes on repeal. But many Republicans on Capitol Hill want to focus on other issues in the coming months, most notably gas prices and the economy. Republican lawmakers note that repealing what they call “ObamaCare” can be accomplished in 2013, but only if they control the White House and Congress. The votes are not there this year, they add. Members of the Senate GOP conference are split on the issue. Conservatives such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) claim they should remind voters they are committed to repealing the $930 billion initiative. Other GOP lawmakers say they are already on record in favor of repeal and believe another vote is not needed.

Ken Hoagland, Chairman of Restore America’s Voice Foundation, the Koch brothers-financed organization dedicated to killing health care reform “told his colleagues this week  “(McConnell) does not want to vote again on repealing President Obama’s health care reform law until after the November elections.

“Senator McConnell must disavow the statement attributed to him today in The Hill, suggesting that he does not have the will or the backbone to force a floor vote by the United States Senate to repeal ObamaCare,” Hoagland said. “If this alleged statement is true and Senator McConnell refuses to retract it, he is going against the will of the American people and the repeal they have demanded since the day this monstrous law was rammed through Congress.”

If McConnell broke his “promise” to hold a vote to repeal ObamaCare, Repeal it Now will “unleash” its 2.3 million activists to demand McConnell resign his position as s0enate minority leader, Hoagland said.

Good luck with that, Ken.

 

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