Sen. Ted Cruz has been out there doing one interview and town hall meeting after another, attempting to sell the idea of defunding "Obamacare," and despite some heckling and a lot of disagreement from his fellow Republicans, Cruz continued to insist on Fox this Thursday that they can force a government shutdown and then blame it on President Obama.
As Digby explained this week about this nonsense, welcome to Doubling down on stupid:
The Heritage Foundation Obamascare travelling revival show continues: [...]
It's hard to believe that anybody's out there making the case for using the emergency room for all their health care needs, but there you have it. Heckuva job Minty.
Meanwhile, we have the brilliant political strategist Erick Erickson with this:
Ted Cruz has not proposed shutting down the government.
Mike Lee has not proposed shutting down the government.
Congressman Meadows has not proposed shutting down the government.
In fact, everyone who supports defunding Obamacare has been very clear that they’ll vote for a continuing resolution, just not for Obamacare funding. If the government shuts down over that, it would be Barack Obama insisting his health care plan nobody wants gets funded.
It's possible they'll be able to convince every member of their hardcore Tea Party base to interpret events in exactly that way. But I have a sneaking suspicion that the leadership of the party, even the rightwingers, understand that normal people will see that it's the Republicans shutting down the government. Because --- reality.
Reality indeed. As I noted at the top of the post, he's getting a lot of push back from his fellow Republicans on this, and for good reason. Mike Burns at Media Matters has more on that here: Conservative Media Divide On Defunding Obamacare Through Government Shutdown Grows: