Look, I admire a good fight as much as the next red-blooded American and believe that Obamacare will saddle this country with permanent underemployment, but Ted Cruz's plan to stop it is convoluted beyond description. Therefore, this is not surprising: "McConnell, Cornyn won't join Cruz and Lee in filibustering House CR to defund Obamcare."
Did you follow that? The continuing resolution (CR) passed by the Republican House would be filibustered by a Republican Senator. Then Harry Reid calls for a simple majority vote to carve out the Obamacare carve-out and it goes back to the House where, what?, the GOP is going to vote for shutdown? What genius thought this was a good idea?
Pay no attention to this Pew poll: the Republicans would get all the blame for shutting down the government. This is the wrong fight. Save it for the debt ceiling.
Extra - Bookworm Room sees Cruz as Leonidas: "But here’s what Cruz also knows: Obamacare will be a disaster. We know that for certain. Indeed, the best evidence you need is Congress’s frantic effort to ward off Obamacare in its own marbled halls. If that’s not enough, look at the diminution in choice, the price increases for the middle class, the lost jobs, the lost insurance coverage, and the downward adjustments in working hours. We, the people, are going to be badly hurt by Obamacare."
Maybe. Maybe this is all to elevate the Obamacare issue before it crashes, but I still think the government shutdown is the wrong arena for this fight.