In an ongoing quest to paint incumbent 6th District Congresswoman Diane Black as something other than a perfect conservative, the campaign of challenger Lou Ann Zelenik released an email blast today chiding her opponent for voting to repeal ObamaCare.
Yeah, that's not a typo. Here's the relevant text from the email blast (bold emphasis Pith's):
“Today Congresswoman Diane Black cast her latest symbolic vote in a two year campaign to mislead the public on her commitment to the repeal of ObamaCare,” said Zelenik Campaign Manager, Jay Heine. “Black is betting the American people are too dense to understand the Washington game. Repeal votes are meaningless as long as Harry Reid controls the U.S. Senate and Barack Obama sits in the White House. Her ObamaCare shell game is very simple. Support the repeal with useless symbolic votes, mislead the public in advertisements, keep the taxpayer money flowing when Tennesseans aren’t watching and cash in with DC lobbyists.”
Heine continued, “Tennesseans understand the game Diane Black is playing and they’ve grown tired of her failures in Congress. We know the true test of commitment on this issue can be found the same way you will always find the truth with Congresswoman Black; just follow the money."
In noting the vote, Lou Ann Zelenik said, “Tennesseans have my commitment. Any bill that comes to the House of Representatives containing funding for implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare will be fought. I will never use your tax dollars to fund government control of healthcare. I will oppose any effort to expand the power of the federal government and will never support the use of the Internal Revenue Service to bully Americans into following this misguided law. We have reached a point in our history where true conservative action is needed to reverse the dangerous path of Barack Obama. Stunt votes that accomplish nothing are a waste of time and an insult to the American people. Every vote I cast will be for greater freedom and every vote will count.”
"Stunt votes?" Like, the kind that jump a half-dozen burning cars?
Just stop and think about this for a moment. What else could Black — who has been ranked one of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Represetnatives since she swept into office on the crest of the 2010 Tea Party wave — have done? Not vote to repeal ObamaCare? Vote extra hard to repeal ObamaCare? Stake out emergency rooms in her district and forcibly eject any incoming wastrels who lack health insurance? Black has been pretty vocal about her extreme dislike of the bill, and has already voted to repeal and gut the Affordable Care Act multiple times, so it's safe to say that Black has done all she can, short of libertarian vigilantism.
While we understand the rhetorical strategy at play here, this is pretty baffling even for a fringe politico like Zelenik, who may or may not be staking out emergency rooms right now with a butterfly net, all in the name of true conservatism.
(HT: Steve Cavendish.)