Pity the poor Republican in Congress.
A few actually do not want to be part of this insane shutdown.
Frankly it’s a lose/lose proposition.
It’s impossible to gauge what many caught in this trap are thinking.
Devin Nunes, a Republican from California actually went on record.
“You really have to call Cruz — I’m not even joking about that. That’s really what you have to do, because he’s the one that set up the strategy, he’s the one that got us into this mess, and so we’ve got to know what the next move is.”
GOP Rep Dennis Ross (FL) believes the matter now boils down to “pride.”
The Republicans have backed themselves into a corner. At some point the functioning of the federal government has to be restored.
And some GOP elected officials then must tell a rabid constituency why they blinked, or caved or whatever.
There are many, and certainly not all are venting to reporters, who have some sense of patriotism and duty, and want to be part of an effective Congress.
Every member, from both Houses, represents citizens in their districts who are being hurt by this shutdown.
But as the kinks work out for Obamacare and more folks are able to afford basic health coverage, the raison d’être for this shutdown will just seem more cruel and crazy.
So start blaming Ted Cruz right now.