Republican candidate pre-celebrates Supreme Court striking down ‘Obamacare’

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, June 22, 2012 14:30 EDT
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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R), in a video pre-celebrating the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Screenshot via YouTube.
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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R) published a video to his YouTube account this week in which he celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which he calls “Obamacare,” and asks viewers to send him money to keep up the fight against a second version of the law.

“Well, we’ve had our brief moment of celebration, because the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is, in fact, unconstitutional,” Mourdock explains in the footage. “It’s what many of us argued all along. But don’t sit back and think the fight is over, because it isn’t.”

Problem is, the Supreme Court has done no such thing, and a ruling isn’t expected for several more days.

Mourdock’s video, first spotted by Politico, appears to have been uploaded by mistake, and is part of a three-video series that combines Mourdock’s possible reactions to the forthcoming ruling with fundraising appeals.

Another video show Mourdock lamenting Republicans’ defeat before the nation’s highest court, then asking for money. A third showed him praising the court for knocking down part of the law, then appealing for financial support to keep up the fight for total repeal.

By releasing the videos, Mourdock not only inadvertently exposed part of his campaign’s inner-workings, but he also violated an edict issued by Republican leadership earlier this month.

In a memo from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Republicans are urged not to celebrate if the court decides to strike down all or part of the law. “[There] will be no spiking of the ball,” Boehner’s memo insists. “We will not celebrate.”

The Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the health care law as soon as next week.

This video was published to YouTube by the campaign of Richard Mourdock (R) on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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