The final countdown has begun with the Senate expected to reject the House's revised budget, which no longer defunds "Obamacare," but rather delays the mandates and cuts out the medical device tax, which has been one of the more amusing sore points for the Republicans. And, of course, the GOP'ers squeezed the Keystone XL pipeline in there for good measure, as if to stick one up the ass of the Democrats.
Cruz has been pitching this latest spending bill as a "compromise" on the air waves, but was called out on Meet the Press by David Gregory for just throwing another monkey wrench into the process. Of course, the smarmy Texas Senator slithered his way out of defending his position. Meanwhile, Boehner tries to stand tough, when once again he took a back seat to the Tea Party caucus, which is now driving the Republican clown car.
Fearless Ted seems to be invoking the 1995-96 shutdown, claiming at a recent Heritage Foundation event that the shutdown Newt Gingrich engineered actually benefited Republicans in the long run. He seems to have conveniently forgotten that Newt lost his seat over that shutdown, as did many Republicans, not able to regain their momentum until two years into George Bush's first term. But, I guess Ted figures he's in this one for the long haul, and if he can ride out the shit storm he is helping to create then he will be the better for it in the end. After all, I think there is nothing the TP caucus would love more than to oust Boehner and McConnell, which they view as long past their expiration date.
Just about every blog is abuzz with this story, as it provides added drama to the proposed opening of the health care exchanges on October 1, which of course the Congressional Teabaggers would love to postpone indefinitely. The irony is that Texas is one of the states that stands to benefit the most from these exchanges, as residents would pay some of the lowest premiums in the country.