In a telephone interview with Politico Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on Republicans to stop being “the stupid party."
Apparently, some weren’t listening:
Nine Republican lawmakers told a tea party-aligned group, the Campaign for Liberty, that they support “nullification” of the Affordable Care Act —and would back legislation to declare Obamacare illegal and authorize the arrest of any federal officials who try to implement the health care law, reports the Journal Sentinel.
What? Who are these wacky lawmakers? Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin; Reps. Chris Kapenga of Delafield; Don Pridemore of Hartford; Erik Severson of Star Prairie; Tom Larson of Colfax; Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids and three newly elected Republicans Rob Hutton of Brookfield, Mark Born of Beaver Dam, and Dave Murphy of Greenville. (source, the Journal Sentinel)
Those GOP legislators have gone rogue says the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board.
“What they represent now is a fringe idea that is so far out as to be laughable---and disturbing.”
“States may not nullify federal laws—and certainly may not arrest federal agents charged with enforcement of those laws. No matter how much this retrograde gang may wish it wasn’t so, Obamacare is the law of the land.”
Indeed. But evidently, Lazich and her colleagues don’t care that the U.S. Supreme Court, led by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the law.
For radical Republicans like Lazich, ideology and political agendas trump facts, ethics, and laws.
They don't appear to respect the government of our country, the courts, or care about the will of the people.
The Affordable Care Act was one of President Barack Obama's notable achievements and a signifcant campaign issue. The nation’s voters re-elected him. Obama won both the electoral vote and the popular vote. He won Wisconsin.
So, what's Gov. Scott Walker’s reaction? Per the Journal Sentinel: "Governor Walker doesn’t support arresting people for implementing federal law," spokesman Cullen Werwie said in an email."
Sen. Lazich and Reps. Kapenga, Pridemore, Severson, Larson, Krug, Hutton, Born, Murphy aren’t the only Republicans making outrageous, divisive statements lately and getting a negative reaction:
On a call with top donors on Wednesday, Mitt Romney, who lost to Obama by 126 electoral votes, referred to some of the policies enacted under the Obama administration as “gifts” that helped the president win young, minority and low-income voters.
At the Republican Governors Association Conference Wednesday, two Republican governors (Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker) denounced Romney’s “gifts” comments.
also see Thinkprogress report Republican Governors Condemn Romney's Claim That Obama Won By Giving Minorities "Gifts"