You may have heard that Rep. Eric Cantor has decided to sign Rep. Steve King’s discharge petition to repeal ObamaCare. I’d like to say, “Great!”, but unfortunately, there may be reason to believe his true intentions are hidden and completely different from what he’s publicly stating.
Erick Erickson from RedState offers his stark analysis of the situation:
Today, Eric Cantor and John Boehner are announcing that they’ll sign King’s discharge petition, but they’re also going to go with one by Congressman Wally Herger that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative.
Notice that Cantor and Boehner were absolutely silent on Rep. King’s efforts until they had Wally Herger’s discharge petition ready to go. Why? Because they want to bully Republican House members into signing the Herger petition and undercut the repeal effort with a “replace and replace with lame legislation” effort. In effect, this undercuts a unified repeal effort and muddies the waters.
Tea Party activists and others should pay attention here: Eric Cantor and John Boehner are implementing a strategy that makes it look like they are on your side, but are in fact stabbing you in the back.
Cantor and Boehner are spinning this as a good thing. But it is not. It muddies the water and gives Democrats an escape from being forced to take action.
Is Erickson correct? I don’t know. You’ll have to read his entire piece and decide for yourself. Regardless, we must let Rep. Cantor know we expect straightforward repeal of ObamaCare and will not tolerate any games.