"As ‘Defund Obamacare’ Strategy Unravels, Civil War Among Congressional GOP Breaks Out On Twitter"
Today, House Republican announced their intention to link the funding necessary to keep the government open with legislation to defund Obamacare. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that, with Democrats in control, the move didn’t have much of a chance in the Senate:
“Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people…”
Republican House members responded on Twitter, and they were not happy:
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) September 18, 2013
so far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something. . . RT … http://t.co/fVo2eu2c6a
— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2) September 18, 2013
— Blake Farenthold (@farenthold) September 18, 2013
House Republicans are turning words into action to defund #Obamacare. Ball will be in the Senate’s court.
— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) September 18, 2013
The Washington Examiner talked to a couple of other House Republicans, who also blasted Cruz:
“Gee, thanks for the support,” Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., said Wednesday…
“I don’t know how you could say, right now, that there are not the votes for it [in the Senate]. I don’t understand that,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said. “I would suggest that the senator speak to his colleagues and do what we’re doing.”
Other members weighed in anonymously:
Hse R on Senate cons on saying Reid has votes to block health care defunding: "Those "%&#<-ers ran ads in my district over the Aug recess."
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 19, 2013
Hse GOPer on Senate conservatives on Obamacare: They remind me of the French. Waved white flag & dropped their rifles before firing a shot
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 18, 2013
House "defunder" responds to Lee/Cruz/Rubio: They've been telling us for 7 wks how to do our job, now it's their turn to fight
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) September 18, 2013
And Republican staff members were even cruder in their criticism:
Wow. House gop leadership aide just told me "Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz." #gopvsgopugliness
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) September 18, 2013
Other Republican staffers laid into Cruz to Huffington Post:
“We haven’t even taken up the bill and Ted Cruz is admitting defeat?” fumed one senior GOP aide. “Some people came here to govern and make things better for their constituents. Ted Cruz came here to throw bombs and fundraise off of attacks on fellow Republicans. He’s a joke, plain and simple.”
Another aide said Cruz’s comment “exposes how [Senate conservatives] have deliberately misled their constituents and the grassroots for eight weeks. This isn’t leadership, it’s hypocrisy.“
As the drama continues on Capital Hill and online, the government will shut down after September 30 unless Congress acts on a bill that President Obama will sign.