Rodney Davis Defund-Or-Shutdown Drive Draws Ire Of Conservative Wall Street Journal

September 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – For weeks, Rep. Rodney Davis has been ringing the defund Obamacare bell. Davis even joined in signing a letter to Speaker Boehner, calling for, as the Associated Press described it, “trigger[ing] a government shutdown rather than fund[ing] the implementation of the health care overhaul they call ‘Obamacare.’”

But today, no less a conservative house organ than the Wall Street Journal editorial board called Davis and like-minded Republicans on the carpet for the absurdity of their approach:

“Their demand is that the House pair the ‘must pass’ CR or the debt limit with defunding the health-care bill. Kamikaze missions rarely turn out well, least of all for the pilots.
“Some Republicans think they are sure to hold the House in 2014 no matter what happens because of gerrymandering, but even those levees won’t hold if there’s a wave of revulsion against the GOP. Marginal seats still matter for controlling Congress. The kamikazes could end up ensuring the return of all-Democratic rule.”

“When even the Wall Street Journal calls Rodney Davis’s plan a kamikaze mission, it’s obvious that Davis is embracing his true extremism,” said Andy Stone, Communications Director for House Majority PAC.