Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized the efforts of some in his party to use the threat of shutting down the government to force defunding of ObamaCare, warning the move was politically "quite dicey" and unrealistic.
"If you control one-half of one-third of leverage in Washington, D.C., your ability to influence things are also relative to the fact that you have one-half of one-third of the government... It's a reality. This isn't a hypothetical. So as we get closer to these deadlines, there needs to be an understanding of that, or politically it's quite dicey for the Republican Party."
Bush's remarks reflect the views of many establishment Republicans that the push from congressional conservatives — including Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump could be the most significant president of our time Cruz: I'd rather have Trump talk to Taiwan than Cuba or Iran Lewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMike LeeWill Trump back women’s museum? Overnight Cybersecurity: Lawmakers pushing for vote to delay warrant rule changes Coons to call for voice vote to halt changes to hacking rule MORE (R-Utah), and Marco RubioMarco RubioThe ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Graham to roll out extension of Obama immigration program Trump and Cuba: A murky future MORE (R-Fla.), Bush's protege — is untenable strategically and damaging politically.
The fight has led to a bitter public split between the two factions of the GOP. Bush has long hewed more toward the establishment end of the Republican spectrum.