On Saturday’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio had Sara Marie Brenner on during the 2nd hour. She detailed how the GOP could with a government shutdown suggested the house pass funding bills piecemeal, Social Security, Funding the Military etc.
It will be interesting to see if Harry Reid is willing to ignore those bills after weeks of weeping and gnashing of teeth over the pain of a government shutdown on people
It’s a basic elegant plan that will put Democrats is a very bad spot. (You can hear Saturday’s show in it’s entirety here) and the Bernner Brief here.
That was on Saturday, today Byron York reports this:
And then there’s the House. Since it is the only chamber under GOP control, the Cruz-Lee scenario looks to the House to keep things moving in the event Senate Republicans temporarily stop the Obamacare defunding measure. Specifically, if the defunding continuing resolution is stuck in the Senate, “then the house should pass smaller CRs one at a time, starting with the military,” Cruz wrote Monday, to keep the government going.
I guess Sara Marie was ahead of the game, but considering she is a city counselor & her husband is a state rep both are experienced in getting bills done.
Unfortunately it looks like the GOP doesn’t want to play
Not so fast, say some House Republicans. “The ball is in the Senate Republicans’ court right now,” says one plugged-in House GOP aide. “Because if they do not succeed, there is no imaginable situation where Congress can pick and choose which parts of the government are open or closed.”
Translation: Cruz shouldn’t expect any more help from the House, especially since some House Republicans suspect Cruz plans to blame them if — or when — the whole scheme collapses. Whatever happens, it seems unlikely House Republicans would jump again simply on Cruz’s urging. If a filibuster ties up a government funding measure past Oct. 1, there will be no cavalry to save the day.
However as Erick Erickson points out today, even a loss will have interesting side effects:
Win or lose, Cruz and Lee have boxed in both the Democrats and the Republicans into positions that will make it more difficult for them to nuance their way out of.
In short, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have, whether they can muster the support or not in this round, ensured the GOP cannot begin collaborating with the Democrats to fix what the voters want repealed. And you can be sure that they would be working to fix it, despite all their rhetoric otherwise. You can be sure of that because Ted Cruz’s fight has proven just how empty their rhetoric really is.
Anyone who thinks Ted Cruz isn’t thinking long term on this hasn’t been paying attention.