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 CruzOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMike LeeTrump signs order to end 'egregious abuse' of national monuments Trump takes aim at Obama monuments Trump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards MORE (R-Utah), and Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms 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.