Apparently so. I really thought this fight was over and the irrational panic had passed.
“We're going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president's failed healthcare law,” Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. He said the House will pass a continuing resolution “that locks the sequester savings in and defunds Obamacare.”
Failed? Obamacare is a "failed" law? I know it's all political spin but really? How has it failed?
From the Atlantic Wire:
For the activist base of the party, there is understandable frustration. After more than three dozen futile House votes to trim or gut the healthcare plan (and with another on the horizon), conservative Republicans rallied in Washington last week, demanding that the party take some sort of action during the budget fight. As the Daily Caller put it, the activists wanted the party to "not just keep going through the motions to appease the conservative base."
And from the Washington Post
Here's the Republican Party's problem, in two sentences: It would be a disaster for the party to shut down the government over Obamacare. But it's good for every individual Republican politician to support shutting down the government over Obamacare.
"What we're seeing unfold in the House is something that has animated internal House deliberations all 2013: the end of power as we knew it," writes Costa. Absent a Republican president or Republican nominee for president, "power has shifted away from the Capitol leadership offices to Tea Party Inc and backbench."
To me, this really is a great example of what happens when an extremely vocal minority takes control of a larger body. We're back to fighting the same old fight, putting the nations financial stability at risk, for an ideal that the majority of Americans seem to care less about and that isn't even backed up by any data. It would be the same if a small group of Democrats had taken control, tried to push through a single-payer system, were beaten and just kept pushing it every chance they got even despite opinion only turning further against them. What's the point? If you've got convictions about this sort of thing, great, just try to find another way to go about it because this way isn't working and it's only destabilizing things.