- - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s argument in opposing Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster attempt to defund Obamacare is problematic and shows what is wrong with the GOP establishment (“Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and the power of Republican surrender,” Web, Sept. 25).

Sen. McConnell said, “I think it’s pretty safe to conclude: The things that can’t work, don’t stick, don’t last. Because we are, after all, a representative democracy, the people can complain and discuss and tell us how they feel.” Well, Mr. McConnell, I think the people have told you and the GOP how they feel about Obamacare, yet you continue to react with what has become your apparently normal practice of pretending to listen but then ignoring the concerns of your party.

Furthermore, you, Mr. McConnell, and those who side with you can’t understand why the Tea Party is gaining so much traction. Perhaps when you and your Senate supporters get voted out of office you will have time to reflect on why this is, and on the mistakes you have made. Unfortunately, I think you will still stand on your establishment principles.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard, Wash.