It’s sadly no surprise to hear of a Washington politician coming down on both sides of an issue. But it is surprising when you find out it we’re talking about Renee Ellmers, and the IT is the defunding of ObamaCare.
The Second District Congresswoman — fresh off of deliberating over entering a Senate race that (1) no one was asking her to jump into and (2) she had no chance of winning — has been making news lately by bashing The Heritage Foundation and the Tea Party’s efforts to defund ObamaCare.
Well, it appears Miss Harnett County’s snarkiness may be sneaking up and biting her on her Spanx-encased posterior:
Ellmers is certainly not alone in her view that making the next CR a do-or-die fight over Obamacare funding is unwise. But one person who would disagree with her is Renee Ellmers, circa 2011.In a “Bloggers Briefing” at none other than the Heritage Foundation, Ellmers told an audience in March 2011 she would push GOP leadership to use a continuing-resolution bill to defund Obamacare.
Heritage’s Robert Bluey asked Ellmers about specific amendments to defund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood that weren’t in a two-week stop-gap bill the House had just passed and asked, “Are those issues that you’re going to push leadership on . . .”
But before Bluey could even finish his question, Ellmers interrupted to say, “Absolutely!” She went on to defend the relatively modest spending cuts that had been in the stop-gap measure. (Audio is here beginning at the 6:50 mark.)
Ah. Audio. Now that’s a sticky wicket, eh? MORE:
While the issue (defunding Obamacare) and the legislative vehicle (a continuing resolution) are the exact same then as they are now, two years have since passed, and an Ellmers spokesman said the circumstances are now different.
Really? Let’s see. 2011 — GOP House, Democrat Senate. 2013 — GOP House, Democrat Senate. 2011 — President Obama at 1600 Penn. 2013 — Barry still in da house, yo. So, tell us what’s different now:
“The situation you are referring to took place in March of 2011 right after Republicans had taken control of the House in a historic election. Since that time, President Obama has won reelection and Democrats have held onto their majority in the U.S. Senate. Things would be very different now if Mitt Romney had won the presidency and Republicans gained control of the Senate, but unfortunately they didn’t,” the spokesman said.
So, it’s all the fault of Mitt Romney — who passed something very similar to ObamaCare while governor of Massachusetts — that Renee and the rest of the congressional Republicans won’t fight?
And Ellmers’ years in Washington, D.C., may have given her additional perspective on the matter.
Perhaps more than any other member of the tea-party class of 2010, she has embraced the strategic decisions of Speaker John Boehner and the House leadership team with gusto. Although elected with virtually no party support and zero political experience besides her participation at anti-Obamacare rallies, Ellmers was surprised, upon entering Congress, to find herself impressed by Boehner.
“There is just a lot of mistrust Americans have for ‘those people in Washington,’ ” she told the New York Times, adding with a laugh, “and now I am one of those people in Washington.”
“Congresswoman Ellmers ran for public office because of the terrible damage Obamacare will do to our country and her desire to stop it from being implemented. Nothing has changed in this regard and she has voted over 40 times to repeal or destroy this terrible law that will destroy our health-care system and is already showing its negative impact on jobs and businesses. Congresswoman Ellmers believes that threatening to shutdown the government in order to defund Obamacare is a misguided tactic and will only replace one economic disaster with another one, and she is not willing to jeopardize the economic security of the United States in order lose a battle with the Democrats who control the White House and the U.S. Senate,” her spokesman added.
OK. Ellmers and her friend Mr. Boehner are supporting a plan that calls for limits on ObamaCare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling AGAIN. And what if Barry says NO to that? The debt ceiling needs to be raised so more money can be borrowed to pay for our bloated, out-of-control government. If talks bog down as the deadline approaches for running out of money, we might have a government shutdown. (*The horror.*) If the threat of a government shutdown NOW is bad — what makes it more acceptable down the road during the debt ceiling discussions?
It’s kicking the can down the road, and giving the folks back home the mushroom treatment. That’s all it is.