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The do-nothing Congress actually did something before fleeing Washington for an unearned and undeserved five week vacation.
As Politix reported on Friday, the Republican-led House voted for the 40th time to defund and destroy all or part of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as "Obamacare".
In short, Tea Party extremists want to deny reality and re-write history. But they lack the votes in the Senate to defund Obamacare. Moreover, the president would surely veto any such legislation that came to his desk.
But why let reality get in the way of political demagoguery and narcissism.
This is yet the latest shameful example of Congressional Republicans casting meaningless votes for PR purposes -- rather than passing meaningful legislation to create jobs and improve the struggling economy.
Holding Economy Hostage
Some Tea Party insurgents are now threatening to shutdown the federal government and cause America to default on the national debt if Congress approves any further funding of Obamacare, key provisions of which are scheduled for implementation in 2014.
But even conservative Republican elders are warning that such a misguided approach would likely result in economic calamity. The disastrous repercussions may include another humiliating hit to America's international credit rating and possibly dipping back into recession, according to some economists.
The fight to defund Obamacare by holding the economy hostage is being led by Tea Party firebrands in the Senate, such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. These ideological purists are the new kids on the block who appear to enjoy wallowing in political mud at the expense of the American people.
Lest they forget that Obamacare was passed by the Congress, signed by the President and even upheld in a Supreme Court case. It makes you wonder what world the Tea Party is living in?
Puzzled Party Leaders
Mainstream conservative Republicans are puzzled by the Tea Party's juvenile antics, which amount to nothing more than political theater and posturing for the 2016 presidential election.
Former GOP Chairman Michael Steele lamented, "You may want to defund a lot of things but you've got to deal with the reality."
Republican leaders like Sen. Tom Coburn insist this is "not an achievable strategy". Sen. Richard Burr called the Tea Party plan "the dumbest idea" he's ever heard.
GOP political strategists and pundits are also castigating Sen. Cruz and his cohorts for their political absurdity.
Veteran presidential campaign advisor Steve Schmidt described their proposal this way: "As stupid a political strategy as you could possibly conjure up."
Karl Rove explained that shuttering the government and/or defaulting on the debt due to Obamacare "gives the President the bully pulpit and a gigantic stick on which to beat us."
This all reminds me of a pivotal episode in the HBO series "The Newsroom" in which an outspoken cable TV anchor unabashedly blasts the Tea Party as "the American Taliban".
While that characterization may be overzealous and offensive to some, it's not far off the mark politically.
David Grinberg is an independent Washington writer with work experience in the White House, Congress, federal agencies, political consulting firms & the news media.