The vile liar Renee Ellmers has been on a rampage against Obamacare. She's one of the ones who voted against it 42 times, and she's been speaking on the House floor, going on TV, tweeting, facebooking and everything else she can to try to get people to believe that Obamacare is the apocalypse. Nearly everything she says is a pack of lies, but we've come to expect that from Lying Renee.
But the law of unintended consequences has just roosted on Renee's doorstep. Apparently somebody (Ted Cruz?) marshalled a bunch of the really, really crazy right-wing nut jobs (you know, the ones who want to primary anyone who had the nerve to re-open the federal government), and some of them are piling on Renee.
It seems that they've called Renee's bluff, and advised her that she is now expected to repeal Obamacare or else they'll find someone who will.
U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger, both Republicans, predicted the current political and fiscal mess and tried to tell their constituents that defunding the health care law by halting government operations was a bad idea. But then they voted for the shutdown anyway, facing intense pressure from conservative groups.
During a town hall meeting at Queens University in Charlotte during the August recess, Pittenger sought to warn the public of the risks of trying to defund the health care act by tying it to a spending bill. He said he’d vote against it, triggering an intense backlash. Video of the exchange was posted online by a tea party group. Pittenger eventually voted for the measure.
In both cases, it appears the freshman Republicans put their own political careers ahead of the people they were elected to represent. With Pittenger it was fear of the Tea Party nut-jobs, and with Ellmers it was fear of a well-financed primary challenger:
"This was signed into law by President Obama and has been in effect since Monday, yet the president is refusing to enforce it. Therefore, these Fort Bragg furloughs should not be occurring," Ellmers, a Republican in the 2nd Congressional District, said in written statement.
"Here we have a situation where I have needless, needless suffering happening in my district," Ellmers said on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The problem is, the bill you pushed is not a budget bill, it was merely an effort on your and your knuckleheaded colleagues' part to deflect political damage from your irresponsible behavior. The bill doesn't say "pay everyone", it directs the SecDef to pick and choose:
Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: House Republicans are holding America’s economic future hostage, and now they have written a ransom note with their demands. According to a wish list circulating around the capitol, House GOPers want a delay in implementing Obamacare, cuts to public health programs, approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, and a slew of other conservative reforms Democrats are unlikely to embrace, in exchange for a debt ceiling increase.
“North Carolinians continue to be closely divided on Kay Hagan,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But she’ll get a break if she can run against the leadership of an extremely unpopular GOP legislature.”
Raleigh, N.C.— The unpopularity of the North Carolina General Assembly may be starting to take a toll on the Republican Party’s chances of ousting freshman Sen. Kay Hagan next fall. Last month, she led eight Republicans tested against her by margins of only four to nine points. In this month’s poll, that has shot up an average of six points.
Virtually every item she includes in her propaganda piece is a nauseating lie, or at least (charitably) a disingenuous casting of aspersions on others for things that are her fault (also known as a lie).
Let's hope she challenges Tillis in the GOP primary for the US Senate race. Neither is fit to hold office, and both have no regard for truth or ethics. It would be a blast to watch them fight it out using their sleazy tactics.
But a U.S. courthouse? Named for the man who made a sport of blocking qualified nominees from serving on the federal courts? Say it isn’t so. For the last decade or so of his Senate career, Helms blocked every single nominee from North Carolina to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as many slated for the U.S. district bench.
What makes even less sense is why Renee Ellmers would reanimate this embarassing and divisive issue now, when there are a lot more important fish to fry. She's either trying to build cred with the wrong crowd, or she's being manipulated by elements who want to divide us even more. Whatever the case, here's a few words from the "for" camp:
Endorsements for Congress by the News and Observer
Josephus Daniels must be turning over in his grave today. Not because of the endorsement of a couple of Republicans for Congress, but because the N&O editorial writer gave such lame excuses for the endorsements for Republicans Renee Ellmers and George Holding, a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.
As the editorial states, “Ellmers, who trained as a nurse and who worked as clinical director of her physician husband’s clinic in Dunn, is as staunch as they come in opposing “Obamacare” – in our view, a stance that ill serves the millions of Americans, including many people in her district, who without the Affordable Care Act will continue to suffer from a lack of health insurance…”
But does that or her other missteps in her first term prevent them from endorsing her? Heck, no.
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