- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2013

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sent a strong message to Republicans who are waffling on the defunding of Obamacare: “Woman up.”

Mrs. Palin, a tea party darling, said in an opinion article for Breitbart: “Woman up, stand your ground and fight like a girl.”

Specifically, Mrs. Palin said Republicans should rally around Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s leading the defunding charge, and stop criticizing his efforts.


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“Open your eyes, America,” Mrs. Palin said. “When the full reality of Obamacare strikes home, we’ll thank God that principled leaders like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee took a stand to stop it in its tracks.”

Her criticism comes as some in the GOP are outright condemning Mr. Cruz’s tough talk against Obamacare, which led the House to pass a defunding measure and send it to the Senate. Other Republicans say the health reform ought to be left intact, to fall under its own weight. Then, the reform will naturally fall apart — absent any political hit to the GOP.

Many in the Republican camp also fear that the fight over defunding will lead to a government shutdown that will hit at the GOP even harder.

Mrs. Palin doesn’t see it that way, however.

“The permanent political class is handwringing and howling that if there’s a government shutdown the media will blame Republicans for it,” she said. “Here’s a little newsflash, GOP establishment: Whenever anything bad happens, the media blames Republicans for it. That’s not an excuse to roll over and play dead.”