Mitch McConnell breaks up with Ted Cruz, won’t support government shutdown to defund Obamacare

The head obstructionist is obstructing the obstructor. Confused? You’ll be more confused in a minute. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday, and revealed that he won’t filibuster legislation to fund the government in order to defund Obamacare.

When Ted Cruz said to not filibuster is a vote for Obamacare, then I’m sure he didn’t expect Mitch McConnell to oppose him. By the way, Cruz has been on twitter all day using a #DefundObamacare hashtag to garner support.

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Talking Points Memo reports:

The Republican leader’s decision is a major blow to the push by Cruz and powerful conservative activist groups, who wanted Republicans to unite and filibuster a continuing resolution until Democrats caved agreed to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act.

“Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told TPM in an email Monday. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill.”

As TPM points out, there are reasons for McConnell’s sudden shift:

The move also signals how badly McConnell wants to avoid a government shutdown, which observers across the political spectrum agree would harm the GOP. He’s facing re-election in 2014 and fending off a conservative challenger, Matt Bevin, who is demanding he get tougher on Obamacare. A shutdown would also harm McConnell’s ultimate goal of becoming majority leader after the mid-term elections.

The Huffington Post reports:

Stewart said McConnell is far more interested in voting directly on the bill to defund Obamacare.

“He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill,” Stewart said. “If and when the Majority Leader goes down that path, Washington Democrats will have to decide — without hiding behind a procedural vote — whether or not to split with their leadership and join Republicans and their constituents in opposing the re-insertion of Obamacare funding into the House-passed bill.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the senior senator from Cruz’s home state and the number-two Republican in the Senate, also doesn’t support Cruz’s filibuster strategy.

“Sen. Cornyn will not block a bill that defunds Obamacare,” Cornyn spokeswoman Megan Mitchell told The Huffington Post.

Earlier Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also rejected Cruz’s strategy, saying it’s “not the best tactic” for Republicans to risk a government shutdown over Obamacare.

It’s almost as if Republicans have set Ted Cruz up for a fall. If the threat of a government shutdown went favorably, then they could claim credit as well. If not, they can toss Cruz under the bus. When your colleagues are self-serving narcissistic predators, it’s best to watch your back.

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  • BanditBasheert

    One at a time Cruz’s dominos will fall. He is very bad news for the GOP – and I hope they have set him up for a crash. Allowing ONE member of the party to control everyone else is not wise in any party. Cruz is a newbie – he may be building the base, but the base isn’t getting any bigger. He’s a big fish in a small rancid pond – if he doesn’t wise up he is going to find himself on the bottom of the heap he has created.

    He got too big for his Canadian britches too quickly. Grandstanding over those who are your equals is impolite and ride – and I’m guessing the feathers he has ruffled will be deeply remembered, for a long time. He is simply 1 out of 100 – his mouth is damning him into the Senate cloakroom really quickly. For someone who believes he is all powerful, he is going to find himself as the next Senate doormat if he doesn’t STFU soon. These guys play for keeps….

    • emeraldeyes24

      According to Wikipedia, the Tea Party base has dropped by 40% since 2010 and Cruz is right in the thick of it. The silence is deafening on the citizenship issue – not a peep since it was revealed that he was one of us socialists! [hahahaha] . Me thinks that velvet hammer is about to fall on that issue! It’s possible that the initial reactive fervour and fear on President Obama’s election has become more moderate since they have seen the thoughtful, intelligent, considered President that he is. Perhaps, much of the Tea Party movement has seen the benefits of his presidency. Of course there are still many TP’rs who adhere to the fundamentalist ideology that the movement was founded on with the staunch purists being the mouthpieces of the movement. Some may have joined the Republicans.

      • BanditBasheert

        Well said … and we all know that the opposition to Obamacare/ACA is because they know that by next fall everyone will have had a chance to experience the benefits, and like Medicare and Medicaid, people will like it.
        They can’t compete with that.

        Cruz is all alone here in many ways – if the Senate supported him, he’s be surrounded with others tooting his horn. Little Calgary Cruz is all by himself…..

        His career dissipation light is blinking out.

        • zane1

          They have done everything to make sure it will not work. This hopefully will be their last hurrah.

      • zane1

        The great irony of the so called “Tea Party Patriots: is when they arrived in Washington DC for their gathering most of them were on some sort of government payout & were brought there on rented buses & given a free lunch.

    • zane1

      Machiavelli said it best:

      “All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

      • BanditBasheert

        Except that Cruz is NOT a great man. He has done and accomplished absolutely NOTHING – he has NO legacy.

  • emeraldeyes24

    They set him up – and he was foolish enough to let them. They know he’s really a limp candidate – still has the questionable citizenship hanging over him since he’s one of us awful Canadians. I am definitely not a fan of Raphael Cruz aka Ted, but what a cesspool of narcissists in Washington! Me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me all the time – when do the needs and protections of the Americans factor into the equation. McConnell is a dead duck – he has been biting at the president’s heels since before he was elected and publicly stated that the Republicans would destroy him psychologically!

    • BanditBasheert

      Foolish? Disagree … Cruz isn’t foolish – he is just another narcissist that can only see HIS way and no one else’s. The Senate knows this – they’ll let him chew himself to pieces in public – after all he has only himself to kill off with that big mouth of his. I don’t believe his compadres in the Senate care what he does to himself. He is doing none of them any good.

      Look at what has happened – where is his MASS of GOP Senate supporters? They are letting him destroy himself – and probably laughing while he does it.

      • zane1

        Can’t happen soon enough. I do believe he is digging his own grave with the help of our “little buddy”.

      • http://rebeccavance.com/ Rebecca Vance

        I know I am laughing at him!! Pathetic little piss-ant of a man!!

    • zane1

      The me-me-me came along with the Koch Brothers & Company buying up candidates while many Americans were asleep at the wheel & now many of them only represent lobbyists & vote the way the are told to vote .Also somehow or another well over half of the Americans are too dim to vote for their own best interesst. How did this happen? Brainwashing & “Christians” & racists. It’s a horrible situation & is incredibly destructive.

    • mrsgunka

      I love it when you Canadians talk like this! :-) They pushed the idiot out to test the waters to keep their records “clean”. Teddy fell for it hook, line and sinker! Now that they have taken the temp of the country with what they wanted and found out it isn’t very hospitable, he’s pulling his ugly head back in the shell and changing his chicken-shit mind to save his scrawny neck. Time for old Mitch to retire and enjoy those Kentucky hills and and all that blue grass. He’s warn out his welcome and sweet disposition! Even our neighbors to the north knows he is a nut! It’s better to build bridges than walls wit hour neighbors!

  • tiredoftea

    I guess Sarah’s little weekend talk didn’t persuade Mitch!

    • BanditBasheert

      None of the Senate big wigs pay attention to her. They see what she is .. she is irrelevant. They may toss her a bone now and then .. but she isn’t considered influential. Even the GOP plays its base … they smile oh so sweetly and agree – then they walk away shaking their heads at the lunacy.

      Sarah is Head Lunatic on the Good Ship FreakOut.

      • zane1

        Surprised the turtle didn’t speak out against this insanity sooner.

  • Haskell Nixon

    Cruz is an idiot.

  • Katrina Gressett

    When a bad organization starts really falling apart, they will eat their own in an attempt to stay alive.

    • zane1

      Champagne…chilling & getting ready to go.

    • BanditBasheert

      Cruz thinks he is immune to that – it is going to be fun to watch.

  • gailillly

    Cruz thought he was going to ride in and be the big Savior and all he is is a little pisspot. He isn’t worth a dam and I don’t think he ever denounced his citizenship from Canada. And where is his long form birth certificate??? OBAMA had to show his and he was born in the U.S. CRUZ WASN’T BORN HERE, SO I DON’T BELIEVE THE LYING PISS ANT. He thought he was going to be the repukes big HERO AND HE TURNED OUT TO BE THEIR BIG ZERO.

    • BanditBasheert

      Being born in Canada should disqualify Cruz from running for President. He was not born in the United States – or even in Panama (like McCain) on an American base.

      He was born in Canada – by BIRTHRIGHT he is a Canadian citizen.
      Ha Ha
      TX elected an alien.

  • Darrell West

    Let’s Clean House In 2014 Enough is Enough let them see us walk to poll in November 2014 we are have had with them.

  • mea_mark

    I just watched my local news here in central Texas, (that covers Forthood) and they asked their viewers what they thought of the government shutdown. Their was not one single positive response and let’s remember this is a very red area. I think the republicans (especially Ted) think there is more support for there plans then there really is. This idea of trying to shut down the government is already backfiring and they haven’t even done it yet. I am also noticing that people seem to be more willing to admit to being Democrats recently. The republican brand is getting tarnished and I think people are starting to distance themselves from the GOP. If this can happen here in Texas, there is good reason to hope that Teds plans are going to come to a crash and the GOP will lose some of its power.

    • tiredoftea

      Since they only talk amongst themselves, they get the answers they want.

    • Jo Hargis

      I see what you see. I live in rural east Texas and I’ve noticed a substantial shift over the last two or so years in how people view the republican party. I’ve seen old grey codgers say they couldn’t stand Romney back in October when I had my huge garage sale. I’ve seen people being far less hate-filled about being a liberal or Democrat around here. I’ve seen SO many around here talk about how the GOP has completely gone off the deep end and they’re just not supporting it anymore. Now, this whole state is pathetic for voting turnout, so that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of old school republicans will turn out and vote Dem, but they sure will just stay home.

  • zane1

    He is certainly an egomaniac along with his sidekick Sarah. They may have gone too far this time…hope so.

  • Linda1961

    Pass the popcorn!

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

      Exactly.

  • rjcarter

    The submitted bill keeps the government open. If Reid wants to shut the government down, that’s on him.

    • KochSucker

      You are in the minority if you believe that it will be blamed on Reid.

    • BanditBasheert

      The Senate reserves the right to STRIP the defunding Obamacare out of that bill and send it back. Parlor tricks by either party don’t change facts.
      The GOP will be responsible for shutting down the Government.
      Let the GOP have their little temper tantrum – they haven’t accomplished ONE DAMN THING other than fish for BENGHAZI because they are terrified of Hilary

      Be afraid – be very afraid.