Conservative Voices Bash House Republicans
The editorial board calls out “the small band of 20 or so House conservatives who have been all but running the House since this fiasco began.” They also tell Republicans it’s time to move on from Obamacare obstructionism:
The conservatives thus undermined whatever small leverage the House GOP had left. Without a united majority of 218 votes, Republicans might as well hand the Speaker’s gavel to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Senate leaders announced immediately that they would resume negotiating to finish a deal that they would bring to the floor as early as Wednesday [...]
This is the quality of thinking—or lack thereof—that has afflicted many GOP conservatives from the beginning of this budget showdown. They picked a goal they couldn’t achieve in trying to defund ObamaCare from one House of Congress, and then they picked a means they couldn’t sustain politically by pursuing a long government shutdown and threatening to blow through the debt limit.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) echoed these comments, telling the New York Times, “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) concurred, telling Bloomberg News that Republicans “screwed up” and went “too far.”