Think of the Republicans as guerillas riding ahead of the train, planting explosives to derail the train before and even after it reaches the station. In the guerillas’ minds, the train carries unworkable and unaffordable tons of freight. This freight will bog down the economy and threaten the liberties of the American people. They seek to stop the train before it reaches the station and then to keep it in the station before it wrecks American health care system and the American economy.
The guerillas’ leaders are split on how to derail the train – to fully defund it at the risk of government shutdown or to partially defund it and not to shut down the government. Shutting down the government would be Obama's decision, not theirs, bt the GOP would get the blame. President Obama is a master at the blame game. Options include: asking for a one year delay in requiring individuals to buy health insurance, pressing the Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and demanding cuts or changes in Medicare and Medicaid. The other alternative, perhaps the most realistic, is to let ObamaCare proceed, and succeed on its merits or fail on its flaws.
The Republican’s problem for stopping the train are three fold: one, the GOP guerillas lack a unified strategy; two, they have no agreed upon leader; three, the threat of a government shutdown is terrifying politically because it is unpopular, even though 57% of Americans favor defunding ObamaCare.
Jim Demint, former Republican senator from South Carolina, now President of the Heritage Foundation, argues as follows in a August 9 Wall Street Journal article, “The Only Way to Stop Obamacare Is to Cut Off Funding."