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 CruzBooker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals Caitlyn Jenner to attend Trump inauguration: report Trump’s UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMike LeeBooker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE (R-Utah), and Marco RubioMarco RubioTillerson met with top State official: report McCain ‘very concerned’ about Tillerson Top Dem: Don’t bring Tillerson floor vote if he doesn’t pass committee 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.