Maybe it’s time we recognized the “government shut down” for what it really is; an attempted coup by Ted Cruz. We should call it that
The continuing resolution only funds the government for six weeks. If he can succeed in forcing the repeal of standing law using this tactic, he will do it again and again.
He’ll do it with the debt ceiling. He’ll do with the next continuing resolution. In effect he would become the most powerful politician in the country, more powerful than the President.
Our system of government would never be the same. The leader of the minority of one house of Congress would rule.
This is not a fight about the Affordable Care Act. It’s a fight about the future of our democracy, one we absolutely cannot afford to lose.
All in all it is a rather inept one. It's pretty obvious it will fail, but that is where he was going.
Meanwhile, as I understand it, any member of the house can at any time call into question who is the Speaker. That of course is what Boehner is afraid of. He's afraid a Tea Party member will do that and he will lose.
Maybe a Democrat should introduce that motion and the we see what happens?