August 02, 2013, 07:18 pm
By A.B. Stoddard, columnist, The Hill
Influential conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer calls it "nuts," while Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) calls it the "dumbest idea" he has heard and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) calls it "dishonest."
It is the idea now pushed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), but more loudly by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to shut the government down unless a bill defunding ObamaCare is passed to keep the government operating after Sept. 30.
Don't miss the excellent front-page story in The Hill Wednesday about the Republican civil war over ObamaCare, the latest installment of the GOP civil war that I expect to escalate through the Hillary Clinton inaugural as president in 2017.
While Republicans battle each other over ObamaCare, we now witness the fun (for Democrats and the media) spectacle of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) insulting each other about who is the "king of bacon" while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) insults Democrats, Republicans, liberals, many conservatives and most of his Senate colleagues.
The GOP civil war is getting ugly and personal, and it will become even more ugly and personal until it becomes totally ugly and personal. The ObamaCare GOP civil war pits establishment Republicans, who want to act responsibly while opposing ObamaCare, against the recalcitrant Tea Party Republicans, who want to shut down the government and run around Washington with pitchforks.
You know the Republican Party is divided when Rep. Pete King (N.Y.) announces he may consider running for president. Why? Not because his party is too conservative on social or fiscal issues, but because it is no longer hawkish on national security.