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September 18, 2013

Open Warfare: Boehner House Wing and Cruz/Lee Senate Wing Now In Public Pissing Match

I guess they're tired of being called the Surrender Caucus.

They seem to be saying Cruz and Lee are passing the buck, but this just seems to be passing the buck back.

Wouldn't it be better for the House, where Republicans rule, to simply fight this using the power they actually do have, rather than kicking it to the Senate where they don't? This sort of "You do it then" thing might be useful as far as positioning but it does concede most of the ground to Obama.

As for the open fight: It's an argument that needs to actually happen, instead of forever being stage-managed and hidden away.

This is a genuine argument. It is dividing the party (to the extent I'm not sure it's really an intact party at this point).

Everyone knows this is a huge and emotional fight and there's no sense covering it up.

At the moment I have no idea of who's right or what-not. I have no idea if these guys' claims that Cruz and Lee are just going to surrender and "not fight" or whatever is true, or if this is just their idea of payback or what.

Their implication is that Cruz and Lee are merely posturing, demanding others "fight" while they sit back and don't. We'll see about that. (I imagine they will. Up to the point of blocking the CR by sustaining a filibuster? Ah, there's the problem.)

But it seems like a big enough story to run without knowing any of that -- a full-on intraparty brawl.

Thanks to @johnekdahl.

Update: You can't filibuster a Continuing Resolution, I'm hearing from the commenters, so what Cruz and Lee are expected to do when Reid strips the defunding part of out of the CR, I don't know.

Ehhh... now I hear they could filibuster, except if it were passed via reconciliation.

I obviously don't know.

More: Sean Duffy did the same thing on his FaceBook page.

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