Karl Rove: Obamacare Defunding Is An 'Ill-Conceived Tactic'

09/19/2013 09:47 am ET | Updated Sep 19, 2013

One day after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that the House would vote to link a government funding bill with a measure to defund Obamacare, Karl Rove came out strongly against the idea.

"The desire to strike at ObamaCare is praiseworthy. But any strategy to repeal, delay or replace the law must have a credible chance of succeeding or affecting broad public opinion positively," he wrote Thursday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

"The defunding strategy doesn't. Going down that road would strengthen the president while alienating independents. It is an ill-conceived tactic, and Republicans should reject it."

Rove also cites polling from the 501(c)(4) group he created, Crossroads GPS, showing the tactic is incredibly unpopular with independents.

Rove has criticized the plan before, calling it a "gigantic stick on which to beat us."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) conceded Wednesday that a bill that defunded the health care law would not pass in the Senate, raising the ire of House Republicans.

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