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Obamacare Demand Causing Divisions In GOP

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Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama.

But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

Has the Tea Party finally gone too far?

Karl Rove, who was on Wallace’s show at the time Wallace disclosed the GOP leadership’s stealth campaign against Cruz, claimed that Cruz and Lee had not consulted their colleagues in the Senate before going forward with the Obamacare filibuster threat. Rove essentially blamed the lack of coordination rather than the ideological position for the ill-will.

Senator Cruz, for his part, said that the GOP leadership would come to his position because the American people, particularly conservatives, as reflected in the polls agreed with him on Obamacare.

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Obamacare Demand Causing Divisions In GOP

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Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama.

But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

Has the Tea Party finally gone too far?

Karl Rove, who was on Wallace’s show at the time Wallace disclosed the GOP leadership’s stealth campaign against Cruz, claimed that Cruz and Lee had not consulted their colleagues in the Senate before going forward with the Obamacare filibuster threat. Rove essentially blamed the lack of coordination rather than the ideological position for the ill-will.

Senator Cruz, for his part, said that the GOP leadership would come to his position because the American people, particularly conservatives, as reflected in the polls agreed with him on Obamacare.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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