government shutdown

Nat'l Review to GOP: Win Some Elections

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

National Review writers blast Cruz and his supporters for the failed shutdown-Obamacare tactic, pointing out that R's need to focus on winning elections and this wasn't going to help. "You can generate plenty of headlines with confrontational tactics, but you can’t govern with one-half of one party in one house of Congress."

McConnell: Ready to Fight GOP Base

Daniel Horowitz, Red State

If McConnell is willing to telegraph the message that he is so committed to avoiding brinkmanship – to the extent that he is willing to fight his own party – why would Obama ever have an incentive to negotiate on anything?

BigBiz Targets Tea Party

Patrice Hill, The Washington Times

The recent fiscal crisis has opened a major rift between the tea party wing of the GOP and business groups that traditionally have backed Republicans, with many business leaders now vowing to get involved more in GOP primaries to try to counter insurgent candidates. Tea party leaders are defiant, saying they will not change course despite criticism from the U.S.

Cruz, Lee Not So Extreme After All?

Deroy Murdock, National Review Online

The sinking of S.S. Obamacare will vindicate GOP “extremists.” 

How Ted Cruz Won on OCare

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media

We may learn that the Cruz-led fight focused America on the failures of Obamacare in a way that no pundit or consultant can match. If the Cruz-less narrative fails to win the field and end OCare, then Cruz wins yet again.

IRS Plays Politics W/ Shutdown

Dan Reihl, Breitbart

With the IRS now claiming that tax refunds will be delayed because of the recent government shut-down, it's worth highlighting that the same was true last year.

Cruz Slams GOP Bosses

Rebecca Shabad, The Hill

At a Tea Party rally, Cruz said that he thinks the GOP leaders are after him. He admitted that the shutdown over Obamacare battle was lost, but he knew it was going to be a difficult fight.

Zombie Republicans

Jed Babbin, American Spectator

Problem One with the R. establishment’s narrative is that they haven’t created any strategies that have succeeded in forcing Obama to bargain a compromise. If they had a better idea than Cruz’s filibuster, we’ve yet to hear it.

Shutdown Wins, Lessons Learned

Michael Hammond, Human Events

Where do conservatives really stand after the government shutdown and debt ceiling battle? The answers will surprise you.

US Chamber CEO Slams Cruz

Laura Litvan, Bloomberg News

“If you’re going to rush to the net all the time, you better have a lot of movement to the left and right,” Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said of Cruz’s Obamacare approach, adding that more ideological members of Congress often soften their stances over time. “He hasn’t shown he can do that yet.”

Cruz Gets Big TX Welcome

Jim Forsyth, Reuters

"After two months in Washington, it's great to be back in America," Cruz joked in speaking to a crowd in San Antonio. He received an eight-minute standing ovation.

Palin: DC's A Corrupt Bastards Club

Sarah Palin, Breitbart

Sarah Palin warns that the Dems' goal is to move Obamacare to a single-payer system of full socialized medicine. "The evidence is right before our eyes. Open yours, GOP establishment," Palin writes.

Cruz Berates Estab. GOP

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Cruz faults the old guard for one-sided results of the budget showdown. Cruz singled out Senate R's for becoming the "Air Force bombing our own troops" that bombed House R's and conservatives repeatedly.

McConnell's Promises

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare.

Palin: Loss Should Energize Us!

Sarah Palin, Facebook

On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin writes, "Steve energized commonsense conservatives all across the country. Tonight’s New Jersey race was a win for Barack Obama, and the Senate deal in D.C. was a loss for the American people. What happened in D.C. ... reminds us of how hard we must fight in 2014 to return to a government of the people." 

Named and Shamed: The Senate Republicans Who Sold-out

Please check this list of Senate sellouts to see if either or both of your Senators are on the list and start thinking about who might successfully challenge the sellouts in the upcoming Republican primary election.

Boehner to Allow Squishy Deal

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

Boehner will allow a vote on an emerging Sen. proposal to open government and lift the debt ceiling without amendments and have it pass with Dem votes. Boehner may not be Speaker in '14.

OCare Contraception Mandate Deal Coming?

Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

House Repubs' latest proposal to raise the debt limit and end the shutdown could start another budget fight over Obamacare’s contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers birth control.