Oh, man, looks like the Senate has got a total badass on their hands! Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has told The Blaze that he has leveraged his considerable clout and has "recruited more than a dozen Senate Republicans to help him defund President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law." More than a dozen? Fifteen, to be exact.
Damn. That is some astonishing work. What happens if he manages to get a sixteenth person, from among the thirty-some-odd other Senate Republicans? We write "GAME CHANGE 3: Rise Of Mike Lee, Sorcerer," that's what!
Fifteen Republican senators, including Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ted Cruz (Texas), John Cornyn (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), James Inhofe (Okla.), David Vitter (La.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), John Thune (S.D.), and Chuck Grassley (Iowa), will block a continuing resolution to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30 if it includes funding for Obamacare, Lee said.
Ahh, so, that's what might be limiting this effort -- it's possible that a substantial portion of the GOP's Senate caucus doesn't particularly care for the idea of being personally responsible for a government shutdown over a matter that has no chance in hell of ever really succeeding. (Give them time, though!)
However, Lee is doing his best to argue in bad faith: “It would be unfortunate if Democrats in the Senate insisted on shutting down the government simply because they want to defend – regardless of the costs – a law that has become increasingly, untenably unpopular among the American people.” (Yeah, that's not what Senate Democrats will actually be doing, but it's pretty to think that.)
Lee, stuntin' on us heavy, says he is "also optimistic the House Republican caucus will follow suit." I mean, they've only attempted to do so about forty times, so I don't know why Lee is equivocating here.
He says that this will be "the last opportunity to defund Obamacare." Ha. Oh, Lee of little faith! History suggests that you'll find lots of fun "opportunities."
Anyway, look upon Lee's mighty coalition of Senate anarchists and despair, I guess, if you weren't doing so already.
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