CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST 1: "Now that we have the majority, Congressional leadership must send an Obamacare repeal bill to the President's desk! Even if he vetoes it, we must move conservative legislation through Congress and lay the responsibility on the President for blocking it."
ENTER STAGE RIGHT: H.R. 3762
NARRATOR: "H.R. 3762 is a bill passed by both the House and Senate that takes major steps to defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle Obamacare."
CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST 2: "Don't be fooled, folks! This is a useless show vote by McConnell and the RINOs so that they can say they voted to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, but they know it's just another fake show vote -- because President Obama will veto it!"
I've watched this scene play out on social media far too many times since the Senate approved H.R. 3762 through a reconciliation process requiring a simply majority of votes to pass. But what's struck me is that far too often, Conservative Activist 1 and Conservative Activist 2 are actually the very same person. And that's a problem.
Yes, I recognize that if President Obama vetoes a bill, it won't become law. Yes, I realize there's a lot more to be done. But I also recognize that the new Republican majority has taken a major step to keep two of their very significant campaign promises: namely, repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. And that's something to celebrate.
So, give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan a call. Tell them thank you for passing H.R. 3762, and ask them to continue sending conservative legislation to the President's desk. Positive feedback goes a long way, and even though the job may not be over yet, we need to thank them for working to keep their promises to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.