Melt the Phones!

by Deroy Murdock

“Melt the phones!”

That’s the new battle cry for friends of medical freedom and foes of Obamacare.

The time is now to phone Republican senators and urge them to vote “No” on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s cloture motion, which will come up for a vote on Wednesday. Reid hopes to secure 60 votes to stop debate on the House-passed continuing resolution that funds the federal government and keeps it open beyond the end of this fiscal year (Monday, September 30). The House’s CR finances everything in the federal budget, save for Obamacare, which it mercifully zeroes out just before it wheezes into its next phase: Tuesday’s opening of the so-called health-care exchanges. (Most of these government-run websites for selecting government-designed insurance are rickety, at best. A recently discovered software glitch will make it tough, if not impossible, to determine what price to charge people who sign up for new Obama plans.)

“The only way we can stop Harry Reid is if the entire Republican caucus in the Senate unites and stands with the American people and the House of Representatives,” explains Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express.

“In order for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer an amendment that strikes defund language from the FY14 CR, which has been his publicly stated desire, he must first get bipartisan support on the cloture vote to end debate,” observes Andy Roth, vice president of government affairs for the Club for Growth (several of whose gatherings I have addressed). “If he is successful, he will only need 50 votes to keep Obamacare funding in the budget,” adds Roth, “and thus grow government and further erode economic liberty.”

Defeatist Republicans such as Karl Rove, whose massive 2012 campaign spending was only 1.3 percent effective, are rooting against courageous senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio who are trying to defund Obamacare right now. A sad caucus of RINOs, moderates, and invertebrates wants to postpone this fight and oppose Obamacare . . . maybe . . . later. Their slogan? Tomorrow is another day, so perhaps we could stop Obamacare then.

The best argument for this approach is that once implemented, Obamacare will implode and the GOP can ride to the rescue. Well, even then, as they do now, Republicans will face Reid and Obama. They will fall on their scalpels before letting their dream legislation die.

So, why not try to kill it now, and at every possible turn?

Even if Obamacare rolls out after January 1, Republicans will be in a much stronger position to oppose it in 2014 if they can remind Americans that they repeatedly tried to prevent this catastrophe.

“We told you so,” they can tell voters. “We tried everything we could to stop this calamity – from initially voting against it unanimously, to voting in the House to repeal it, to attempting to defund it in September 2013. Now that we all see what a calamity this is, let’s try again to repeal it. If that fails, elect a Republican Congress, and we will do what we can to pry this giant leech from the backs of the American people.”

For now, Republican senators need to hear their phones ring. Urge them to vote “No” on cloture on Wednesday. Tea Party Express offers contact information for GOP senators. “The list below is in the order of priority of who needs to be contacted,” the limited-government group notes. “Please start at the top and work your way down. Just because they don’t represent your state, does not mean their vote doesn’t affect you.”

The late, great Senator Everett Dirksen (R., Ill.) once famously said, “When I feel the heat, I see the light.” May wavering Republican senators soon feel the heat as freedom-loving Americans melt the phones!

Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2541
LOUISVILLE: 502.582.6304 
TWITTER: @Team_Mitch 

Senator John Cornyn (TX)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2934 
AUSTIN: 512.469.6034
DALLAS: 972.239.1310
HARLINGEN: 956.423.0162
HOUSTON: 713.572.3337
LUBBOCK: 806.472.7533
SAN ANTONIO: 210.224.7485
TYLER: 903.593.0902
TWITTER: @JohnCornyn 

Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4944 
TWITTER: @SenAlexander 

Senator Bob Corker (TN)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3344 
TWITTER: @SenBobCorker 

Senator John Thune (SD)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2321 
TWITTER: @SenJohnThune 

Senator Tom Coburn (OK)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5754 
TWITTER: @TomCoburn 

Senator Pat Toomey (PA)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4254 
TWITTER: @SenToomey 

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4521 
TWITTER: @JeffFlake 

Senator Ron Johnson (WI)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5323 
TWITTER: @SenRonJohnson 

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5972 
TWITTER: @GrahamBlog 

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3324 
TWITTER: @KellyAyotte 

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6665 
TWITTER: @LisaMurkowski 

Senator Richard C. Shelby (AL)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5744 
TWITTER: @SenShelbyPress 

Senator John Boozman (AR)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4843 
TWITTER: @JohnBoozman 

Senator John McCain (AZ)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2235 
TWITTER: @SenJohnMcCain 

Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3521 
TWITTER: @SaxbyChambliss 

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3643 
TWITTER: @SenatorIsakson 

Senator Mark Kirk (IL)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2854 
TWITTER: @SenatorKirk 

Senator Daniel Coats (IN)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5623 
TWITTER: @SenDanCoats 

Senator Jerry Moran (KS)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6521 
TWITTER: @JerryMoran 

Senator Susan Collins (ME)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2523 
TWITTER: @SenatorCollins 

Senator Roy Blunt (MO)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5721 
TWITTER: @RoyBlunt 

Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
DC PHONE: 202.224.5054 
TWITTER: @SenThadCochran 
FACEBOOK: **Doesn’t have a FaceBook page.** 

Senator Roger Wicker (MS)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6253 
TWITTER: @SenatorWicker 

Senator Richard Burr (NC)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3154 
TWITTER: @SenatorBurr 

Senator John Hoeven (ND)
DC PHONE: 202.224.2551 
TWITTER: @SenJohnHoeven 

Senator Mike Johanns (NE)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4224 
TWITTER: @Mike_Johanns 

Senator Dean Heller (NV)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6244 
TWITTER: @SenDeanHeller 

Senator Rob Portman (OH)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3353 
TWITTER: @RobPortman 

Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3121 
TWITTER: @OrrinHatch

Senator John Barrasso (WY)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6441 
TWITTER: @SenJohnBarrasso 

Senator Rand Paul (KY)
DC PHONE: 202.224.4343 
TWITTER: @SenRandPaul 

Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
DC PHONE: 202.224.3041 
TWITTER: @MarcoRubio 

Senator Tim Scott (SC)
DC PHONE: 202.224.6121 
TWITTER: @SenatorTimScott 

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