We’ve been seeing it coming for some time now — the rift in the Republican Party is starting to pull them apart and set themselves upon each other. House Republicans are furious at Senator Ted Cruz for leaving them out to dry on their plan to shutdown the government over Obamacare. In a strange new twist, Cruz appears somewhat rational and connected to reality as he tells his counterparts in the House that the plan he touted — literally shutting down the government by demanding President Obama and the Senate approve the House’s funding bill that kills the Affordable Care Act — simply won’t work. They didn’t take kindly to that and the war of words, Republican versus Republican, is now fully upon us.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took time on her show on Thursday night to delight in the in-fighting and back stabbing going on, in the open, in the press between the Tea Party faction and the more realistic factions of the GOP. Make no mistake, they all want to kill Obamacare, but the smarter ones realize they’re in a losing battle and want to avoid completely destroying any hopes they have of near-future relevancy on the national stage.
Said Maddow of the impact Obamacare is having on the Right,
[box type=”shadow”]”The political effect of health reform does turn out to be the aforementioned Waterloo,” she continued, “but the side that is breaking apart is not President Obama’s side. It is the other side.[/box]
Maddow spent a good fifteen minutes splaying open the hostilities between the different sides of this fight within the GOP, putting a bow on it all with perhaps the larger point made as plainly as possible.
“There are no liberals in these fights. This is all Republicans and conservatives going after each other and it has been amazing to watch.”