Refusing to Defund Is the Same as Voting 'Present'

Jen Kuznicki
By Jen Kuznicki | August 16, 2013 | 1:43 PM EDT

Reaching in to the mail bag today, I came across a letter from an intelligent lady named Patty Mofield Jones.  Patty writes:

"I think the Republican Senators refusal to commit to defund Obamacare is the equivalent of Obama voting present in the Illinois Senate. If they make no commitment at all, they think they can't be held accountable for anything, and they can run for reelection claiming their hands are clean of the resulting mess. The problem is, they're doing the country a great disservice, putting politics above principle. I think voters who put principles first will remember their fence setting, do nothing, cowardice and vote accordingly.

"If Obamacare is fully implemented they will say, 'Well, it's not our fault we didn't vote for it.' If it implodes they will say, 'We knew this would happen,' and act like it was their long-term strategy. Either way, by essentially voting present, they think they're in the clear with all voters; Conservatives, blue collar Democrats, that are starting to hear how bad it is from their union bosses, and their beloved Independents.

The answer to why they're not taking action to really get behind the defund movement, headed by Ted Cruz and others, is so simple. Like Obama, from John Boehner on down, they think voting 'present' is their path to re-election. It's not about freedom to them. It's always about the vote!"