Back in March, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that “trying to put Obamacare on [a continuing resolution] risks shutting down the government. That’s not what our goal is.”
Well, maybe that wasn’t his goal back then. But after Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) spent the summer telling the Republican base that they could and should defund Obamacare before the health care exchanges opened on October 1, a shutdown became inevitable.
Some argue this shutdown has been a Republican plot since at least March, but this assumes that everyone in the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Bush I, Bush II, Cheney, McCain, Palin and Cruz agrees with the Suicide Caucus in the House of Representatives who are willing to risk anything — even the U.S. economy — to stop the Affordable Care Act.
A relatively small group of extremists has been able to drive the government to its first shutdown in almost two decades. And these Tea Partiers are in revolt “against anyone who accepts the constraints of political reality,” according to The Washington Post‘s Michael Gerson.
Other Republicans, however, have a slightly firmer grasp on that reality. Here are five Republicans who are blaming their fellow Republicans for this $300-million-a-day shutdown of the nation’s largest employer.