For the non-starter of the season, a lot of wheels are spinning on this one.
“Right now, the people fighting the hardest against defunding Obamacare are Republicans,” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of the Republicans fighting Obamacare, tells Fox New’s Sean Hannity (fast-forward past the Syrian debate in this video.)
“Republican congressional leaders, in a fresh strategy after repeatedly failing to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health-care law, are leaning toward an effort to postpone it rather than choke off funding.
“Freshmen Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah have commanded the spotlight during this month’s congressional recess, saying they want to shut down the government unless the law is defunded. Most of their colleagues haven’t joined them.
“Far too many Republicans are scared of this fight,” Cruz said yesterday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio talk show.
Instead, House and Senate Republicans probably will try to force the law’s delay as part of the debate starting next month over funding the U.S. government and raising the nation’s debt ceiling, according to interviews with aides and lawmakers.
Cruz says it all, however: His own party is against him.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 28, 2013
By his own count, not many are.