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Late on Oct 2nd, word leaked that during a Senate Republican caucus, Ted Cruz was blasted by his colleagues.

Congressman Nunes of California (Republican) who was on CNN said there are 200 Republicans in the House who want to end the shutdown. President Obama noted that a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives would end the shutdown. Republican Nunes actually said that now the House Republicans have "lit themselves on fire and and jumped into the valley of death" and they have to stick together.

Against the will of the American people, against the will of the Senate AND against the will of the House, about 30 Republican Members of the House are undermining the economy and democracy of the United States and the Institution of American government. Those 30 House Members are able to do that because the fabulously wealthy plutocrats can enforce their will with their money.

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  •  Encouraging to know that even (4+ / 0-)

    Republicans are giving Ted Cruz hell.  He's behaved badly.  Not that they're angels, but Ted has been virulently obnoxious.  

    I would love to have a transcript of that Republican Senate caucus.  I bet there are some juicy lines in that thing.  

    It's time for Republicans to corner the Baggers and, well, I'm stuck here, because I don't trust Republicans to do much of anything.  I guess "take them to the woodshed for a whuppin'" or "read them the riot act" -- something like that.  

    But what would be great is if voters did the whuppin' and gave Nancy Pelosi back her old job roughly a year from now.  

  •  Theater. (8+ / 0-)

    They have been grumbling about Cruz in the Senate and in the House for weeks, while continuing to vote with him.

    The fracture of the Republican Party is every bit as mythical as the Moderate Republican.

  •  And those thirty are serious birthers. (3+ / 0-)
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    You should have heard what Peter King said about them.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 03:55:30 AM PDT

  •  They questioned him and asked (3+ / 0-)

    what was his strategy? His end game? And he couldn't answer. He tried to wander away and they kept coming back.

    And damnit, I can't remember where I was reading about it.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 03:55:55 AM PDT

  •  Those 30 Republicans represent the core of the (4+ / 0-)
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    Republican party.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:10:21 AM PDT

  •  Let's see a vote, then I'll believe (5+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:20:49 AM PDT

  •  Not clear the "wealthy plutocrats" want this (0+ / 0-)

    The shift in tone in the Wall St. Journal, plus the stock market beginning to panic, signal that the wealthy plutocrats are not liking this.

    To me the more important factor is the right-wing echo chamber -- looks to me like those 30, plus their constituents, plus some of the other GOPers, truly believe that if they just hold firm, Obama and the Democrats will all cave and they can implement the Ryan budget, an abortion ban, and repealing the ACA. (And abolishing the IRS and the income tax.) It's like Karl Rove convinced that Romney was winning the Presidency, even when FOX News had called Ohio for Obama.

    Reality-denial disorder can work for a while -- until it doesn't.

  •  This is myth. I'll believe it when these (1+ / 0-)
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    so called non-tea partiers actually force a vote on a clean CR and back up this rhetoric with with a vote.

    They want to have their cake and eat it too.  Obama isn't offering cake.  You get no rewards for doing what you're supposed to do.  You should get a kick in the ass and be booted out of office in 2014. The tea party was a big reason Democrats won in 2012 and it will be the signature issue of the 2014 campaign.  The presence of the tea party is helping our red state Democrats a lot right now.  Look at how Cuccinelli is running away from the tea party. He knows McCaullife has that election won if Dem turnout is high.

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    by khyber900 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:59:04 AM PDT

  •  its not even a myth, (0+ / 0-)

    its a flat out lie. I don't believe it for a second.

    Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

    by fauxrs on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:10:02 AM PDT

    •  I ain't buying all the credit (0+ / 0-)

      we political watchers tend to give the pathetic, unorganized multiple tea party groups. They have no political apparatus. They cannot produce membership lists of any size. They have no money other than what the fundraising side of the Republican Party gives them. They got wiped out in the 2012 primaries. They can't produce for Palin. They provide no volunteers. They are a puny populist front for the Republican Party. Cruz, McConnell, some of the right-wing leaders in the House are too smart to run this suicide mission without someone having their back. Anyone smart enough to get elected to the Senate is smart enough to ask before stepping out, "What is the strategy?" The Mitch McConnells and John Boehners of the world do not ignore every major business group and the Wall Street Journal to follow a freshman senator who obviously has a personality disorder and no strategy. Citizens United fundamentally changed the rules. Don't believe? Just watch what the plutocrats do.

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