Maybe I’m misremembering, but I don’t recall there being so much grumbling from Republicans about the “wisdom” of the shutdowns in the mid 90s. I’ll be very impressed if Peter King and his northeastern Republican buddies can pull this off:
For almost three years, the story in the House has been about Speaker John Boehner’s restive right flank causing him problems. But Republican moderates have apparently had enough.
In what is by far their boldest stand since the GOP took control of the House in 2010, a group of them are threatening to bring down a vote on the rule for the government-funding bill scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
New York representative Peter King is leading the charge, and his fellow New Yorker Michael Grimm is close behind him. The group told leadership on Saturday they have 25 members who are willing to bring down the rule.
They’d probably be burning their party to save it, and, more than that, Michael Grimm and Peter King may be assholes, but they’re not Tea Partiers. They’re probably closer to Obama than to Ted Cruz on most domestic issues. There comes a point where Republicans’ willingness to stick together on everything is both a moral and political failing.