GOP Leaders Fight Amongst Themselves Over Government Shut Down Scheme

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (left) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) | Associated Press

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (left) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) | Associated Press

Why would any elected Republican want to shut down the government, the body for which they serve, to hurt the poor, elderly, disabled, sick, veterans, our Military and their families?

The Maddow Blog:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spent yet another weekend openly mocking congressional Republicans for failing to follow his lead — he wants a government shutdown unless Democrats agree to defund the federal health care system, and the Texas Republican is furious he doesn’t have more establishment allies.

Party elders, by one account, are “increasingly concerned — alarmed, even — by” the effort, which has split Republicans into two powerful but divided camps.

Ordinarily, this is the point at which GOP leaders would intervene, take sides, and take steps to resolve the intra-party fight. But in this case, leading Republicans — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — have sat on their hands and said nothing, refusing to even state an opinion.

It fell to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to throw some cold water on the shutdown scheme in comments to National Review.

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