September 30, 2013
After weeks of intense focus on the crisis in Syria, the White House is set to turn to the economy.
President Obama (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

In good company. “We have too many people in our party, it’s a minority, who are following Ted Cruz, and they are tying up the entire Republican party. The overwhelming majority of House members would vote to keep the government open. I’m tired of having Ted Cruz call the shots for the House Republicans.”

In a world of his own. “The Republican leading the fight to defund President Obama’s healthcare law  called Democrats ‘absolutist’ on Sunday for refusing to budge as a government  shutdown looms.”

In denial. Megan McArdle is right; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is wrong about Obamacare being irreversible once the exchanges dole out subsidies. “Entitlements are hard to roll back, but it is clearly not impossible, because it’s been done.” It makes for a better narrative for Cruz’s histrionics, however.

In other words, they are already losing the spin battle. “Government shutdown: GOP tries to counter narrative.”

In spite of themselves, Republicans may make headway with the public on Obamacare. Even the New York Times gets it: “Tuesday is the long-awaited kickoff for President Obama’s signature health care law, when millions of Americans can start signing up for new insurance options. Yet across the country, officials are issuing warnings that despite fevered efforts, their new insurance exchanges — online markets where people can shop for health plans and see if they qualify for federal subsidies — will not be fully operational for weeks or even months.”

In the end, the Dems have no choice. They have to stick with Obamacare, which is why getting Dems to vote on a series of items was of minimal value. “Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana voted Friday to support the Affordable Care Act, despite Republican efforts to pressure her into changing her mind. . . .  Landrieu and the three other Democrats are up for re-election next year, and the health care law is expected to be a top issue in those campaigns. That’s particularly true in Louisiana where Landrieu, a moderate Democrat faces a challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, a physician.”

In the bubble. The most rigid right-wingers think Cruz is swell. But most conservatives get it: “What is becoming clear is that the real divide here all along has been between those who actually wanted a commonsense strategically planned way of going forward, and those who just sort of marched ahead, into the headlines, they didn’t do any of the hard work that is necessary for adventure of this sort to make it work. And, you know, I called some of these groups, the fund ring leader and said, what’s your plan, what Senate Democrats are you targeting to get to come along with you? What is your PR strategy if shutdown comes up to get the American public behind you, what’s your fall back when the president doesn’t do this?”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.