Senate Republicans failed to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare this week and have decided to drop the issue altogether.
It's a total disgrace and Mitch McConnell bears the blame.
While the seven Republicans who opposed clean repeal should be held accountable, it was McConnell who created the environment that encouraged their betrayal.
His use of the party's massive political machine to defend these senators in primary elections – something the party used to stay out of – has made them much less accountable to the Republican voters who elected them and much more willing to break their promises.
Both Lisa Murkowski and John McCain were protected from competitive primary challenges and they both know they will be protected again as long as Mitch McConnell is the leader.
Also, McConnell's early decision to abandon repeal in favor of keeping some of the worst parts of Obamacare encouraged others to do the same. He will pretend that he tried to repeal the law, but the truth is that he gave up on that many months ago.
And finally, McConnell's prediction that a bipartisan bailout for the insurance companies would occur if repeal were to fail also gave moderates a reason to hold out for something else. That was one of the biggest strategic errors we have seen in some time.
The truth is, McConnell began this health care debate with no endgame strategy for repeal. He was simply going through the motions to make it look like he tried. And now that his "Failure Theater" is complete, he wants to give up and move on.
McConnell lacks the policy convictions needed to inspire his colleagues to fight for something greater than themselves. That's why he couldn't get Republicans to do something they had promised to do for the past seven years.
He couldn't get them to even vote for the skinniest of repeals!!
If he isn't replaced now, we will see many more Republican betrayals that prevent us from making America great again.
Ken Cuccinelli II President Senate Conservatives Action
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