The owners of the Republican Party may be making their move.
Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham told reporters he wants to defund "Obamacare," but he doesn't want this to be tied to the debt ceiling.Maddow Blog: GOP losing powerful allies in hostage crises
Soon after, FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe told the Huffington Post that he, too, believes Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling.
It's worth remembering that far-right groups like these receive quite a bit of money from corporate allies and very wealthy benefactors, who (a) understand the consequences of default better than many congressional Republicans; and (b) don't want to lose an enormous chunk of their wealth as part of a feeble attempt to undermine a moderate health care law.
It may signify something. Hard to tell, the fog of war and all. And this is a war.