Looks like House Republican leaders have lost control of their members again, with their latest move to challenge President Obama by threatening a government shutdown in their doomed attempt to defund ObamaCare. Many smart Republicans are (publicly) appalled, while almost all Democrats are (secretly) joyous. House Republicans have set up a showdown where the public will back Obama, Obama will hold firm and the GOP will be forced to surrender to Obama.

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Republicans forget how Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMueller’s probe doesn't end with a bang, but with a whimper Mark Mellman: History’s judgment Congress should massively ramp up funding for the NIH MORE creamed former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) — who is now a second-tier cable television personality on CNN, whereas Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE is the most likely next president — over a similar shutdown ploy. If this keeps up, which Republican leader today will be a cable personality after the next election?

The American people do not want a government shutdown. Not over ObamaCare. Not over the debt ceiling. Not over temporary government funding. The American people want a government that works. If the GOP acts like what Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) recently called "anarchists", the Republicans will be in for a rude awakening.

Smart Republican operatives agree with me about this, and are apoplectic that House Republicans are overreaching yet again and will pay the price.

The White House and congressional Democrats are secretly joyous. They won't tell you. But I just did. House Republicans threatening to crash the government and crash the economy have handed the president a lethal political weapon that, I guarantee you, he will use.