Along these lines, a new Rubio quote is generating some chatter this morning, and it’s worth a look, because it says a lot about why we’re heading into another series of crises this fall. Asked to respond to Republicans who say the push to defund Obamacare is misguided, Rubio said:
“All I’m saying is that you cannot say you are against Obamacare if you are willing to vote for a law that funds it. If you’re willing to fund this thing, you can’t possibly say you’re against it.”This comes after Rubio noted the other day that if the government ultimately gets shut down over the GOP drive to defund Obamacare, it will be the fault of the President for insisting that his law get funded.
Marco Rubio, moderate Republican and party savior. Remember when he was going to get immigration reform through Congress and use that bi-partisan "uniter" cred to get into the White House in 2016? If even Rubio believes there's nothing left to lose at this point from breaking the system, will the GOP do it and hope for a win?
The problem is that Republican leaders are under increasing pressure to approach this fall’s battles over funding the government with this as their guiding idea. Republican leaders appear to be trying to dissuade lawmakers from forcing a government shutdown over Obamacare funding, but they are approaching it so tentatively that there is now cause for genuine concern that a shutdown may come to pass. Meanwhile, there are no signs that GOP officials such as Rubio — and Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and a sizable bloc of diehards in the House — intend to back off their efforts to rally the base behind the total destruction of Obamacare (which is never going to happen) as the only acceptable outcome in this fall’s epic confrontation.
So at this point, if it really is the end of Obamacare or a government shutdown, who wins?
I can tell you who loses: all of us.