Republicans Split

The House Leadership sent a bill over to the Senate, and are expecting their Republican colleagues to continue the fight to defund Obamacare. Although Republicans could use their majority in the House to pass this CR, Republicans in the Senate are realistically looking that although idealistic, this idea is impossible. The Democratic leadership has already made it very clear that the CR will not defund Obamacare, and as the president signs the bill into a law the chances are even slimmer. Senator Ted Cruz, however, said that he will not bow to this fight, and threatened to use to filibuster to ensure Obamacare is defunded. Although Republicans on a whole are not in favor of Obamacare, using the CR to achieve this goal is risky. Senator John Cornyn told Politico that his biggest concern is how this is going to end, and that he never wanted to see his party members against one another. Senator Jim Risch told Politico, “There isn’t anybody that thinks that Obamacare is going to get defunded. It cannot happen. It is as impossible as anything can possibly be in Washington, D.C.” Even Senator Rand Paul, a fellow Tea Party favorite, told Politico, “I do not think it is a good idea to shutdown the government.” Realism versus idealism is key for this issue, and although Senator Cruz is praised as a hero by the Tea Party, the effects of a government shutdown are in no way heroic. Senator Corker tweeted, “I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count.” Although it was noble for House Republicans to try one more time to defund the law, the majority in the Senate just cannot be beat. Instead, what Cruz is doing is putting his own colleagues against one another at the expense of his own popularity. Democracy is about compromise, and if Cruz wants to be a leader he should reread the constitution.