House Republicans Need to Simmer Down
Cruz, Lee and Rubio didn't say anything in their letter that wasn't true.
Here's the statement in its entirety:
Today's announcement that the House will vote to defund Obamacare is terrific news,” said Sen. Cruz. “Just a few weeks ago, this was deemed impossible. We commend House leadership and House Republicans for listening to the people and for taking decisive action to stop Obamacare, the biggest job-killer in America.
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. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people. President Obama has already granted Obamacare exemptions to big corporations and Members of Congress; he should not threaten to shut down the government just to deny those same exemptions to hard-working American families."
Acknowledging the obvious fact that Reid isn't going to throw in the towel on day one isn't exactly "waving the white flag."
The onus is on the House GOP to "stand firm" because they are the majority. Just because they kicked the can into the Senate, doesn't mean they're off the hook.
As DrewM explained at AoSHQ, "everyone knew that the point was to create pressure through the threat of a shutdown or an actual one to force Democrats to accept the GOP's terms."
They need to apply pressure by showing some unity and resolve on their side of the aisle.
If these House Republicans didn't know this, we need to come up with a stronger epithet for them than "the stupid party."
The fight has just begun and there are various tactics that Republicans can use to beat back ObamaCare (see here and here) - but fighting amongst ourselves is not one of them.