Fightin’ words… “A weakened President Obama will back down if there is a standoff over funding ObamaCare and preventing a government shutdown, House conservatives say,” The Hill writes. “They are urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to gamble that Obama and Senate Democrats will take the blame if they reject legislation that keeps the government running but stops ObamaCare. At least 43 conservatives want the GOP leadership to go for broke, asserting that Obama has been damaged by stumbles over Syria and by several delays in implementing the Affordable Care Act.”
Said Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN.): “I think the president’s too weak to shut the government down … I think we will win.”
Said Rep. Steve King (R-IA): “Syria has hurt him significantly … it is a factor in the CR going forward, it is a factor in the debt ceiling.”
But leadership thinks the debt ceiling is a better fight than shutting down the government. A Republican leadership aide tells National Journal: "I'm very confident in my belief that a shutdown will not happen. I'm not going to rule out the chance that it ever does. But the leadership team and overwhelming number of our members do not want to shut down the government."
Politico: “A government shutdown is looming on Oct. 1. But don’t worry about it. That’s the message the House Republican leadership and its allies are spreading as Congress moves toward a fiscal showdown with President Barack Obama and the Democrats, a clash with huge political and economic ramifications for both parties. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and their allies are instead privately urging rank and file to forgo a clash over government funding — and a possible government shutdown — and instead dig in against Obama and the Democratic Senate when the debt ceiling needs to be lifted sometime next month. Boehner and his top lieutenants believe that digging in for a fight over the debt ceiling gives them more leverage against Obama and Democrats. Republicans hope to take advantage of Obama’s desire to blunt $20 billion in sequester cuts that kick in Jan. 1 to reach a broader budget deal with the White House.”
And there’s this from The Hill: “Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders. Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party's effort to defund ObamaCare.
The Hill: “A conservative group has launched an ad campaign to ‘fire’ House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over his response to the fatal attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a year ago. Revive America USA, a conservative political action committee (PAC) that's fought to impeach President Obama, is urging targeted viewers to sign a petition to oust Boehner for his refusal to appoint a special committee to investigate the Benghazi tragedy.”
First published September 16 2013, 6:05 AM