The bill the Senate passed Friday afternoon doesn’t fund the government at the level Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) laid out in his budget earlier this year — because even Republicans decided it was an insane number that only makes sense within the fictional world of Ayn Rand. However, it does keep the brutal cuts to education, research and assistance to the poor that Republicans “won” the last time they held the economy hostage.
Despite this, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has lost… control of his caucus.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now Ayatollah Khomeini to Boehner’s Hassan Rouhani. The Speaker has become an elected figurehead who can’t make actual policy.
Cruz’s power is enforced by a group The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza calls “the Suicide Caucus.” These 80 members are from predominantly white, rural districts that represent about 18 percent of the country. These are districts the GOP would likely win if they nominated an actual elephant, as long as it opposed abortion and was named “Reagan.”
This caucus forced Boehner to accept Cruz’s “Defund Obamacare” plot, even though the Speaker declared Obamacare “the law of the land” after President Obama was re-elected.
And these kamikazes proved their power again this weekend by rejecting the Senate’s bill. Instead they demanded a delay of Obamacare for a year, a repeal of the law’s medical device tax and a “conscience clause” that would allow employers to deny their female employees birth control coverage all be added to the bill before being sent back to the Senate.
Led by Cruz and the Suicide Caucus, House Republicans are ready to shut down the government. Why? They believe Americans will hate Obamacare more than they hate a government shutdown.
“I’m not concerned about personal impact, I’m more concerned about the personal real impact of my constituents and this law,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), a leader of the Suicide Caucus, said on Saturday. “I made a commitment in August [that] I would do everything I could to protect them from it.”
But, of course, a shutdown wouldn’t stop Obamacare, as Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been trying to tell his fellow Republicans forever.
The “thinking” behind this “delay” plan is that in a year Republicans will control the Senate and THEN they can repeal the Affordable Care Act. This would have to also include impeachments of President Obama and Vice President Biden. At that point, why not just officially make Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Speaker so he can be the president who gets to repeal Obamacare, because isn’t that what the Bible foretells in the special King Wingnut version?