Rove: Shutdown Threat a 'Political Loser'

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 11:12 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republican agree that Obamacare must be done away with, but a group of senators threatening to defund it are playing with a "political loser," says GOP strategist Karl Rove.

"The rule in Washington is, if something bad happens blame the Republicans," Rove said Monday on Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor."

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has been behind an effort to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, only if money for the Affordable Care Act isn't included. Rove said he sees problem with the plan.

First, most of Obamacare is unaffected by such a maneuver, Rove said. About 99 percent of Obamacare is funded by mandatory spending. The plan proposed by Lee would affect only discretionary spending.

The Congressional Budget Office says that of the $1.5 trillion total cost of Obamacare, less than $10 billion would be cut by the defunding, Rove said. And the administration would still have enough money to move around to fund most of that by simply giving up the ad campaign it has undertaken to promote it to a skeptical public.

Second, there is a difference between now and 1995, the last time the Republicans pulled off a government shutdown. Back then, Congress had passed, and President Bill Clinton had signed, funding for half of government operations and all of defense spending. This time, there would be zero funding for any part of the government.

"Literally, the first week of October, there'd be no paychecks for the people in the military, no paychecks for the FBI, no paychecks for the border patrol," Rove said.

"Being conservative doesn't mean you do something that's going to blow up in your face," Rove said. "I believe we ought to find every useful way to oppose Obamacare. We ought to have hearings on its shortcomings."

And he said Lee is in a good position to challenge Obama for delaying the employer mandate for a year. Obama has been accused by Republicans of delaying the mandate until after the 2014 midterm elections because it might hurt Democrats at the ballot box.

Republicans should challenge the legality of the president unilaterally ignoring part of his own law, Rove said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama Under Pressure to Break 'No Boots on the Ground' Pledge

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 07:37 AM

President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow pa . . .

Intruder Makes it Through White House Front Door

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 07:13 AM

The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way thr . . .

Turkish Explanation of ISIS Hostage Release Raises Questions

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 12:25 PM

Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved