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October 29, 2013 - 7:44 am

A Kentucky Democrat compared congressional Republicans to the Japanese during World War II.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) referenced an interview House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave after the presidential election in which he said “the election changes” aims of a full repeal of Obamacare under this administration and conceded “Obamacare is the law of the land.”

“That battle’s been won and that war’s been won. And now, the Republican Party is acting like many of the Japanese soldiers who kept fighting months and months and months after the Japanese had surrendered. The war is over, but they are continuing to basically just to try and reap whatever political benefit they can from their base to try — from this fear of Obamacare, the fear of President Obama. It’s irrational. It’s not in the best interest of their constituents, but they keep at it,” Yarmuth said on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show.

Yarmuth agreed with Sharpton that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is “bringing the party down with his antics.”

“And you know, the most important factor is you have Republicans like John McCain, like Lindsey Graham, like Karl Rove and others that we’ve heard who are taking them on, who understand the damage that he’s doing to the party and this extreme element in that party is doing to their rebranding. Now there’s serious concern among House Republicans that they will lose control of the House next year. And that’s all part of this whole internal dispute that they’re having in the Republican Party,” he said.

Yarmuth also charged that “for the last three years Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have done nothing but try to mislead my constituents and the rest of the citizens of Kentucky about the benefits of Obamacare.”

“So next year, when Mitch McConnell’s on the ballot next year, all of his claims are going to run up against the reality and the experience that Kentuckians have had,” he added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'm sure Yarmuth is sincerely concerned about the "demise" of the Republican Party at the hands of Senator Cruz. His real problem is that the people of Kentucky are going to "run up against the reality" of the Obamacare "benefits", and will be outraged by that reality.

Yarmuth, and the Democrat Party, are scared to death that Cruz will destroy the Establishment Republicans, and revitalize the Republican Party into something other than a pale reflection of the Leftist Democrats. That's not going to do his political career any good.
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Being on the opposite side of an argument from Democrats, McCain and Graham (but I repeat myself) is the closest you can get to an ironclad assurance that you're on the right side.
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Actually, Republicans like Cruz are equatable to abolitionists rationally fearing the extension of slavery by Dixiecrats.
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