Bad Tactics

On the subject of removing Federal funding from Planned Parenthood, there’s no shortage of bad tactics floating about.

The conservative (note: small “c” conservative) wing of the Republican Party want to shut down the Federal government until they get the President to sign a defunding bill, whether in stand-alone or as part of the Federal budget. Never mind that they have no plan whatsoever for selling the shutdown to the public, they want to have their toddler’s temper tantrum.

On the other side of the question, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) seems excessively timid even to try.

The way you make a law in this country (is) the Congress has to pass it, and the president has to sign it.

The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood—so that’s another issue that awaits a new president hopefully with a different point of view.

It may be true that it’ll take a different President to sign a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. One important step on the path to getting a different President is for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and force President Barack Obama to veto it. And then use that plain, immoral obstruction to get a decent President elected.

One wing of the Republican Party needs badly to grow up. Another wing of the Republican Party needs just as badly to grow some backbone.

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