Fortunately, all Congressional Republicans – yes, every single one of them – agree on two key goals for the party. They seek to block or roll back the destructive system known as “Obamacare” and also hope to win the Senate next year and the presidency two years later.
The only disagreement is the right order to pursue these goals. Many conservatives demand a “last stand” on Obamacare, including government shut-down and possible default. But Democrats control both White House and Senate, so there’s no way to win that fight and crushing failure won’t help political prospects.
Most party leaders emphasize election victories first to build momentum for incremental reform to clean-up the mess of Obamacare. Doesn’t it make more sense to go from electoral victories to legislative success, rather than going from sure legislative failure to likely electoral defeats?