It’s becoming a common trend here lately to see Republicans calling out other Republicans. I guess we should have seen this coming, considering the GOP is in the midst of a growing “civil war” of sorts between the tea party section aggressively trying to take over the party and the more “established” Republicans trying to maintain some level of credibility and mainstream influence.
Personally, I’ve been enjoying it. While some think this “civil war” is fading out, and the established Republicans are beginning to choke out the tea party influence, I think it’s just getting started. The fanatical tea party base of the Republican party is extremely well-funded and isn’t going to go down without a fight.
The latest shot fired in this civil war comes from several conservatives who’ve openly mocked the ridiculous lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who’s suing the Obama administration because the provision Republicans supported (and pushed for) that requires lawmakers and their staff to purchase health insurance through the marketplace is an “abuse of executive authority.”
I’ll say that another way: a Republican Senator is suing the Obama administration for a provision in “Obamacare” that Republicans pushed for and support.
Yeah, this is really happening.
Johnson said during a press conference:
“I believe I have an obligation to try and reestablish the checks and balances that our founders put in the Constitution to limit the size and power of our government.”
This lawsuit is so pointless that even fellow conservatives are publicly condemning it.
Fellow Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner called the lawsuit “frivolous” and a “political stunt.”
Sensenbrenner went on to say:
“I am committed to repealing Obamacare, but the employer contribution he’s attacking is nothing more than a standard benefit that most private and all federal employees receive, including the President. Success in the suit will mean that Congress will lose some of its best staff and will be staffed primarily by recent college graduates who are still on their parents’ insurance. This will make it even more difficult to fight the President and his older, more experienced staff.”
In other words, this lawsuit makes absolutely no sense. If successful, it would basically punish people who aren’t elected officials and happen to work in Washington. How does that make any sense? Because some on the far right support this asinine idea?
But like I said, the most ridiculous part of this whole lawsuit is that Senator Johnson is suing because of a provision to the Affordable Care Act that Republicans pushed for and supported.
It’s stuff like this that’s just so laughable it’s really hard for me to take these people seriously.