In public, Boehner refused to directly comment on the strategy, which is being promoted by high-profile Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).So instead of calling out an idiotic idea for what it is, Boehner is now proposing that Republicans take even more meaningless votes against Obamacare. But even though this strategy gives beltway reporters an opportunity to try to divine what John Boehner really thinks ...
Asked directly after the strategy meeting how he feels about holding up government funding to starve Obamacare, Boehner said, “we’ve made no decisions about how we’re going to proceed with the” continuing resolution, which will needs to be passed by the end of September to avoid a government shut down. He said he didn’t know whether the government funding bill could be used to defund implementation of the law.
The subtext of the leadership strategy is that they think it’s insane to shut down the government in an effort to defund the health care law.... what it really shows is that he's so damn scared of his own party that he can't even bring himself to condemn one the most obviously dumb ideas to come from Washington Republicans in a long time. Instead, he's trying to distract them.
It's a pathetic display of weakness, but it's also kind of hilarious, because even if Boehner gets his way, it's not taking another half-dozen votes to repeal Obamacare will do anything to help Republicans repair their damaged brand. Basically, he's asking them to do something really dumb in order to avoid doing something even dumber. No wonder he doesn't want to talk about it in public.