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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OFA Ad Targets Tea Party Republicans For Shutting Down The Government

Organizing for Action, the 501(c)(4) “dark money” group that succeeded President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, released a new ad on Monday targeting Tea Party Republicans for their refusal to pass a budget that would end the weeklong government shutdown.

The ad, which will run nationally, highlights statements made by Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Michele Bachmann (R-MN), which dismiss the urgency of the government shutdown.

“The government shutdown is hurting veterans, seniors, and our kids,” the ad’s narrator says. “Now Tea Party Republicans are threatening an economic shutdown—refusing to pay our nation’s bills, endangering American jobs.”

“Tell them to stand up to the Tea Party,” the ad continues over an image of House leaders. “Enough already.”

OFA is going on the offensive to emphasize the root cause of the budget impasse and the government shutdown. Recent polls have shown Republicans in a vulnerable position due to their continued refusal to pass a budget that funds the government without defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act. Tea Party Republicans have spearheaded this effort to the dissatisfaction of a majority of voters and donors, potentially endangering their House majority in 2014.

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  • idamag

    The t-potty actions are subversive. A Democracy works by majority vote. The ACA was passed by 2/3 majority and upheld by the Supreme Court. Those anti Democracy people cannot accept that concept. They never belonged in the government in the first place. I think the big thing is that Obama cannot be allowed to succeed.

    • sigrid28

      You’re preaching to the choir at our house, when you call out the subversive tactics of Tea Party Republicans. I wonder whether they were emboldened by two obvious failures in democratic rule that were not written into the U.S. Constitution but have made it impossible for the House and Senate to make progress since the Tea Party came into office.

      In the House, the Hastert Rule is really just a custom, which permits the Speaker of the House to call a vote for only those bills that supported by a majority of Republicans: that’s what is causing the government shutdown to drag on. He could call for a vote now on a clean CR, and it would go through with both Democrats and Republicans, but he won’t do it and can get away with that because of the Hastert Rule.

      In the Senate, the rules of the filibuster are adjusted at the beginning of each new Congress. Harry Reid could have had a vote up-and-down (so 51 or more wins) to get rid of the filibuster altogether, insist on a talking filibuster, or stop the silent filibuster that has made it impossible for legislation to move smoothly through the Senate. This January he refused to do it, probably because he was so horrified when he realized what Tea Party Republicans would attempt to do if they ever gained a majority in the House.

      Finally, no wonder Tea Party Republicans think this government is a free-for-all–or just its opposite, pay-to-play–when Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia sits at the same table as Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, or when the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas takes an active role in far right organizations that contribute to political campaigns, thanks to the Citizens United ruling. It’s clear that not just the Tea Party but the entire Republican Party has been undermining democracy as we know it for many years.

      • idamag

        I used to ask everyone, “Who owns your senator?” Now, we can ask ourselves, “Who owns our Supreme Court?”

        • Ford Truck

          Mitch McConnell, one of those responsible for shutting down the government, has just asked the U.S. Supreme Court to end all limits on political contributions.

          We will soon see who owns the Supreme Court. That is when the second Civil War will start!

  • idamag

    Before we get started on this board: There is a scam going around and showing up on these boards. It is a work-at-home scheme. Don’t fall for it.

    • TZToronto

      I see it on a number of websites, not just this one. I think the progressives who visit here are smart enough to stay away from these obvious scams. . . . I’m not so sure about the right-wing trolls, though. To them, I say, “Give it a try! What have you got to lose?”

  • docb

    All the ads are in the can..The repub baggers just opened their slimy mouths and they fell out! Run them round the clock!

  • howa4x

    This is the last gasp of a segment of a party that is loosing ground. They are only strong in the house and not in the senate. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are not in the majority. If they didn’t have Koch money they would be background material.