Erick Erickson of Red State writes:
House Republicans have signaled they are giving up.
They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare.
Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back.
Reid knows how to beat McConnell. If Reid fights hard, McConnell backs down and tries to blame others. McConnell’s lieutenants attack Ted Cruz so “the Leader” can deflect from his own legislative impotence. And he continually is one step behind Reid in his knowledge of how to use the Senate’s complicated rules to win a fight.
I had great hopes for some results from the anti-ObamaCare campaign by Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and some others. I guess I didn’t give enough credit to the continued power of the media and the continued lack of spine by Republican leaders and members in the House and Senate.
Conservatives’ drive to defund ObamaCare and then to weaken its worst features was an attempt to save America and the American people from this monstrosity — a humanitarian goal if there ever was one. The left defined it as an attack on Obama (because he’s not white, of course) — and their definition seems to have stuck. There will be no changes.
And Democrats know they just have to wait and not give in. Republicans will negotiate with themselves until they’ve given everything up. That’s where they are now.
As Erickson concludes,
It is time to fight this out in primaries in 2014. Given just how poorly Crossroads performed in 2012, I like our odds with Heritage Action, Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, For America, and others.