Well, the faux-filibuster that Senate conservatives attempted wasn’t enough to stop cloture, but at least we proved a point, right?
Wrong. Still, you can expect that supporters of the “Defund ObamaCare” crusade will likely attempt to spin this as some sort of a moral victory. If anything good happens down the road, they will argue this laid the groundwork for that by “starting the conversation” with the American public about how bad ObamaCare is. I’m not buying it.
Here are five reasons why conservatives are worse off for having fought this battle:
1. Conservatives are more divided as a result. In an era when Republicans have too often been split, opposition to ObamaCare should have been a unifying cause with broad conservative consensus. Instead, conservatives managed to invent a way of making ObamaCare into a divisive issue on the Right. This is a truly remarkable feat. It is like frat brothers fighting over whether or not Giselle is hot. What is more, those who opposed the move based on strategic (not philosophical) grounds were labeled part of the “surrender caucus,” and compared to Nazi appeasers. It’s gotten so bad that on Thursday morning, Sen. Tom Coburn told MSNBC, “I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectations of this process.”