How Roy Blunt Failed Missouri Today

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The Republican primary for US Senate in 2016 will actually be a battle for an empty seat. Roy Blunt effectively abdicated his throne today.

This morning, I showed where Missouri stands on Obamacare.

I’ve called, written, and tweeted to Roy Blunt. So have thousands of other Missourians. And so have Americans across the country.

I’m not surprised that Roy Blunt failed to publicly join Ted Cruz’s filibuster. That kind of daring commitment to principle just isn’t in his character. He wouldn’t get anything out of it.

I am a little shocked that Blunt became only the third Republican Senator to publicly side with Harry Reid.

No one should be shocked that Blunt shamefully talked like a weasel about his decision to oppose Ted Cruz’s strategy to defund Obamacare. Here, Blunt plagiarizes his leader, Mitch McConnell:

This week, I’ll continue that fight by supporting the House-passed continuing resolution, which defunds ObamaCare and keeps the government open without increasing federal spending. I will vote to begin debate on this bill and move to final passage on the House-passed CR.

Weasel words. Clever. Slick. Insincere. Weak.

Blunt knows, as do you, that his vote against the final Senate bill is worth less than his promises to do everything in his power to stop Obamacare. I’d have more respect for him if came out and said, “I stick my neck out for nobody.”

Instead, Blunt said he would “oppose efforts” by Harry Reid to remove the defunding language from the bill.

Really, Senator? How will you oppose? With a terse statement from the floor? Maybe with some pithy, digging tweets in between calls to happy donors?

Blunt’s post-cloture opposition to Reid’s efforts will be about as meaningful as my opposition to tomorrow’s weather.

  • By voting for cloture, Roy Blunt will vote to give Harry Reid the power to strip Obamacare defund language from the continuing resolution.
  • By voting for cloture, Roy Blunt will put Obamacare on the fast-track to wrecking the American healthcare system.
  • By voting for cloture, Roy Blunt will never again be able to say, “I did everything in my power as a citizen and a Senator to stop this monstrosity.”

Now, along with Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, Senator Roy Blunt forms a crusty club of warped old men who sit in the Senate and plot ways to increase their own power–even at the expense of yours.

At least, Roy has two friends.

 

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How Lonely Is Roy Blunt?

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Imagine how isolated Roy Blunt must feel.

Senator Blunt is a party man. He believes in following leadership. He doesn’t rock the boat.

And his leader, Senate Minority Leader Slick Mitch McConnell, has decided to help Harry Reid get the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture on the continuing resolution. Once debate closes (via cloture), Reid will strip the House’s defund language from the bill and pass it.

Senate Republican leadership wants defund language stripped.

But if Roy Blunt doesn’t do everything in his power to stop Obamacare—including joining Ted Cruz’s filibuster—he’ll be a pariah in Missouri.

Think about it. Missouri:

  • Passed Proposition C
  • Blocked Obamacare Exchanges in the Missouri Senate
  • Blocked Medicaid Expansion
  • Blocked Obamacare Exchanges a second time

Missourians want nothing to do with the law that will destroy America’s world class healthcare system.

  • We want bold leadership like we see from Cruz, Paul, Lee, and Rubio on this issue.
  • We want a Senator who will stand against funding Obamacare—the way our House Republicans stood against it last week.
  • We want to cheer Roy Blunt next Saturday at CPAC St. Louis.
  • We don’t want to have to boo him off the stage.
  • We want him to rise up and lead this fight.

But Senator Blunt’s a party man.

To join our fight, to fight with us against funding Obamacare, Blunt would have to break from his habit. A habit of avoiding risk. A habit of following orders.

That won’t be easy.

And I don’t know how to make it easier for him.

Yes, Blunt joined a group of House Republicans to repeal the law in 2010. But that effort had no consequences. Taking a stand today does entail consequences.

So is Senator Blunt the kind of man who takes a stand only when there’s no risk?

That’s not leadership. It reminds me of a line from Catcher in the Rye.  Something about “getting tough with myself in the mirror.”

No, I can’t make this battle easy for a man who asked to be our Senator. Remember, Rep. Roy Blunt asked to be our Senator in 2010–during the heat of the Obamacare battle.

I will ask him two questions. I hope he will answer in the comments on this blog.

Senator Blunt:

  1.  Do you still believe, as you said in 2010, that Obamacare is the more dangerous law you’ve ever seen?
  2. Do you believe Obamacare will destroy the American healthcare system?

If you answer “yes” to those questions—which would be consistent with your past statements—how can you not put your career on the line to stop it?

Your state, your country, and your legacy depend on how you answer those questions, Senator.

Choose wisely. We’ll see you Saturday morning.

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