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What This CR Shows Us About Who Controls House Republicans

Trying to use a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare is one of the dumbest and impractical political ideas I have ever seen. There is no way it would work and trying to carry through on the threat would only politically damage Republicans.

The idea is so stupid even several prominent Republicans have openly attacked it. Sen. John McCain has called the idea “not rational.”

Yet despite this being an incredibly stupid idea Speaker John Boehner was unwilling to put a stop to it. Boehner simply couldn’t say no to a small segment of his caucus or convince them why it is bad for the party.

If Boehner is unwilling to cross or unable to control conservatives in his caucus on a bill this stupid, then there is likely no legislative issue Boehner will stand up to conservatives on unless he has no other choice.

Boehner has shown that the most conservative members effectively have a veto in the House. There is no chance of passing anything they oppose unless it is essential. Things like immigration reform are clearly doomed.

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at