When Karl Rove has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal scolding Republicans for their newest self-destructive strategy of shutting down the government over funding for Obamacare, you know the Grand Old Party is in deep trouble.
Today, Sen. Ted Cruz threatened a filibuster over Obamacare funding. …
“I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare,” Cruz told reporters. When asked about a talking filibuster specifically, a la Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and drones, he said: “Yes, and anything else, any procedural means necessary.”
… even though he knows he can’t win on this. He actually acknowledged that his strategy of tying Obamacare funding to the CR (Continuing Resolution) cannot succeed, and he still is going to do it. And House Republicans are furious:
“[Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said in a statement. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”
Aides to top Republicans in the House, where GOP leadership has already been struggling to keep the party together on the measure, were beside themselves. And once granted anonymity, they didn’t mince their words.
“We haven’t even taken up the bill and Ted Cruz is admitting defeat?” fumed one senior GOP aide. “Some people came here to govern and make things better for their constituents. Ted Cruz came here to throw bombs and fundraise off of attacks on fellow Republicans. He’s a joke, plain and simple.”
Cruz apparently thinks the joke is hilarious and takes full ownership:
“Right now, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid has 54 Democrats and they presumably are going to stand with him … and a number of Senate Republicans have expressed that they may support the Democrats here,” Cruz told a couple of reporters, just after his remarks at an event hosted by the National Auto Dealers Association.
“I think it is likely that it will take another election for a full repeal,” he said.
During his NADA speech, Cruz addressed the latest House GOP strategy — this will be the 42nd repeal vote – to sink the Affordable Care Act. House Republican leaders on Friday will bring up a measure to permanently defund the law and tie it to a must-pass resolution that keeps the government running.
Cruz hailed House Republican leaders for the strategy, and said it is a “testament” to their commitment to bring down Obamacare. Still, he doubled down on what he said Wednesday: Efforts to sink the law aren’t going anywhere in the Senate, or as long as Obama is in the White House.
“We know with an absolute certainty that President Obama and Harry Reid are going to push back, are going to fight to defend Obamacare,” Cruz said, emphasizing that the only way repeal can happen is through a sustained grassroots effort. “It’s going to depend on making the case to the American people.”