This weekend marks our show having been on Fox News for 5 years. Thanks to you being loyal viewers, our show has been the most watched weekend show in all of cable news—most weekends more people watch this show than all the other cable news shows combined during our time slot. As we get ready to start our 6th year, we thank you. And even if the government shuts down, we don’t plan to anytime soon. And speaking of a potential government shutdown, if Congress can’t agree on a budget by the end of the month, here’s a word of counsel to my fellow Republicans: Why would you rescue the Democrats from their determined self-destruction? The Democrats in Congress and President Obama own Obamacare. Completely and totally. Not one Republican in the House or Senate voted for it. They have repeatedly tried to repeal it and replace it, but are blocked by Harry the Hen Reid, who sits on legislation like a hen sits on an egg, except the hen wants to hatch eggs; Harry just makes sure the Senate continues to transition from the world’s greatest deliberative body to the world’s most dysfunctional body. I completely appreciate the efforts by many in the Senate and House to protect our nation from the disaster of Obamacare. It is already driving costs up, costing Americans their jobs and their health coverage, and as even the labor unions have realized all too late, is poised to essentially destroy a 40 hour work week and full-time employment. The plan to tie a defunding of Obamacare in the House to budget passage might sound bold and daring, but might only serve to give Democrats cover from having to defend their having hoisted this monstrosity on an American public who doesn’t want it and who will suffer because of it. If it were mathematically possible for the defunding plan to succeed, then damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. But here’s the math: passage in the House this week required almost every Republican House member to vote yes. In the Senate, however, that would require 60 votes. The Republicans have 46. They need 14 Democrats to come on board. Not likely, but even if they could get the 60 votes, they still don’t win. The bill would be most certainly vetoed by President Obama. It’s one of the few promises he’s made that he would actually keep. And if he vetoed the bill, then it would take 67 votes in the Senate to override that veto. Now, the Republicans would have to 21 Democrats in the Senate to join them and thumb their nose at their own party and President. It’s more likely that I will appear in Miley Cyrus’s next music video than for that to happen. On the other hand, as Obamacare grinds more Americans in to the dirt of joblessness and poverty, the Republicans have a clear and defining message to take into the 2014 elections where they could be in a strong position to take control of the Senate and prepare to reclaim the White House in 2016. One way to kill that is to change the subject from Obamacare’s impact to the effects of a government shutdown. It’s winning the immediate battle at the expense of the ultimate battle. If Republicans just want a fight, take on the President for wanting to borrow more money and plunge us deeper into debt. After all, in 2006, he said doing that was irresponsible and unpatriotic. If it was, then it still is; if he says it isn’t now, then ask him which time was he lying to us. It’s hard to start a fire and not smell like smoke. The President and the Democrats lit the match of Obamacare. Let them defend it. Why hand them a hose when they are determined to play with gasoline and burn their own house down? No need to burn ours down too.

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  • Jane rogan

    09/30/2013 12:47 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    I listened to your commentary on Sat. night and I agree with you. Let the Democrates own this healthcare bill and at the end of a year let the people decide if it should continue. Your idea should be embraced by the Republicans what at they afraid of. If this does not work we keep the House and take back the Senate. This is the only way to stop this Administration from destroying this Country forever.

  • Mark Kirkland

    09/30/2013 03:19 AM

    I ask the Lord everyday why he didn't lead you to the White House.
    Now look at what we've got.
    I'm so distraught,I've considered changing my party affiliation to Independent.
    How can Congress not see the total discuss the American people have for them.

  • Neil Barma

    09/29/2013 12:36 PM

    You read my mind with you opening remarks this Saturday. Politics is not about who is right and who is wrong; instead it is all about playing poker with a strategy, and our President is a better poker player. To some extent, republicans are insane - "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results", and in the process, alienating the voting public who is incapable of adding two and two together.

    My proposal is for the Congress is to just add one provision to the funding bill that "effective Oct. 1, Obamacare will include all Federal Employees, Members of Congress, Senators, and our own esteemed President and his Family. All Federal employees and Congress and Senate will be on the Bronze plan, and the President and his family on the Silver plan and send the bill back to Senate. Now if the Senate refuses to accept this, the public will know what a farce this bill is - if you can't eat it yourself why are you trying to feed it to the public?


    09/28/2013 08:39 PM

    i think no one should be exempt from Obamacare, whats good for one is good for all, why are there so many exemptions? add them to the CR and let Obama veto that bill, fund his Obamacare. but with NO exemptions or delays. I can live with this, let everyone find out by Nov 2014 how bad it is and the Senate and House are Republicans. The country will run him out of DC on a rail after 8 months of Obamacare.

  • Kathy Waite

    09/26/2013 05:54 PM

    I have contacted my reps in DC twice now. (Levin and Stabenow) BOTH have "assured" me that all of them will have Obamacare, just like everyone else. Why does everyone say just the opposite? Are they just plain LYING TO ME? This is getting so old!

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