As the fight over keeping the government running moved to the Senate today, Ted Cruz was front-and-center on the Senate floor, giving multiple speeches, raising objections and then proposing a set of GOP-friendly rules for consideration of the continuing resolution to which Harry Reid, of course, objected. The bottom line: Cruz seems determined to make up for his goof last week (in which he admitted that he didn’t have the votes in the Senate) — by “fighting” in as visible a way as possible.
1. Jamelle Bouie brings the sarcasm, which seems about the right response: “Ted Cruz is right. Americans despise Obamacare. It’s why they reelected some guy named President Obama.”
2. Meanwhile, Cruz isn’t rallying Republican senators to his cause. For example, Lindsay Graham said he didn’t think that Cruz’s shutdown strategy “would be smart,” as Jennifer Bendery reports.
3. Jennifer Rubin reviews Cruz and Mike Lee flailing on the Sunday shows.
4. As far as procedure: Paul Kane lays out the likely schedule for getting from here to the shutdown deadline.
5. I think Greg linked to it already, but if you missed it then, don’t miss it now: an excellent piece by David Rogers on the history of CRs, the debt limit and today’s Republicans.
6. And I look at what happens to negotiations and the spin game after a shutdown starts. I don’t think we’re heading there, but if we do . . . it’s not good news for Republicans.
7. Although as Sarah Kliff points out, Affordable Care Act implementation, and the new exchanges, would mostly keep functioning even during a shutdown.
8. Tim Carney tries to explain to conservatives that the CR doesn’t actually fund Obamacare, and so passing it can’t legitimately be called “funding Obamacare.”
9. While Annie Lowrey explains why a debt-limit breach would be much worse than a government shutdown.
10. The case for the Affordable Care Act, from Dean Baker, who argues it’s better than you think.
11. One warning: Kevin Drum thinks that potential restrictions on providers in exchange-approved insurance plans may be a significant problem.
12. On the other hand, there’s the Republican alternatives . . . or lack thereof, as Josh Barro explains.
13. Putinphilia in the United States? A fun diagnosis and survey of American love for the Russian leader from Marin Cogan.
14. Good point from Seth Masket: A bill can be divisive without being partisan. Or, there wasn’t anything special about passing bills by partisan majorities during Barack Obama’s presidency. “It’s not about the bill; it’s about the times we live in.”
15. And about that awful campaign to convince young people to go without health insurance out of ideological solidarity, or because doctor visits are really scary, or whatever: A must-read Brian Beutler item about how his newly purchased health insurance made all the difference when he suddenly went from “young healthy” to “clinging to life.”