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November 23, 2014

Republican Pols Fight Back on Shutdown

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has championed the effort to defund President Obama’s health care reform law or else shut down the government, but there are signs of growing resistance among moderate Republican politicians.

The Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “said he would oppose a filibuster of House legislation defunding ObamaCare… Cruz and some conservative groups have pressured Republican senators to filibuster the House bill to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from setting up a vote to eliminate the ObamaCare language adopted by the House.”

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal editorial board slams Sens. Cruz and Mike Lee (R-UT).

  • Wynstone

    Hasn’t it already been established amendments require a simple majority and can’t be filibustered? Cruz has no procedural recourse to stop Reid. End of story.

    • molosky

      I think the idea is to keep this alive so that they can say the establishment sold them out. Never mind what is possible.

      It’s a bit like how the left are convinced there was a way to pass the public option with a simple majority.

      Well, except that the entirety of the Republican 2016 field has to pander to the delusional group in this case.

      • Wynstone

        When I saw footage of some townhalls during the August recess, I was struck with how genuinely confused some constituents were with the fact impeachment proceedings hadn’t begun. According to their sources, an undeniable case has already been made. Frightening, isn’t it?

        • molosky

          Yes, it must be strange to listen all day about the only options being impeachment or “second amendment remedies” and then be told by your local GOP Congressman that the coup has not quite yet begun and the Constitution is, unfortunately, still in effect despite Obama’s obviously fraudulent citizenship and election-rigging.

  • zappa24

    I decided to go look at the comments on the WSJ article linked here. The first comment said that the WSJ and FoxNews could not be trusted anymore since they had been taken over by RINOs.

    • Wynstone

      The only voices they can trust anymore are the ones in their heads.

      “They’ll tell us what to do.”

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