Here’s the Republican Party’s problem in two sentences, wrote Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas of the Washington Post: “It would be a disaster for the party to shut down the government over Obamacare. But it’s good for every individual Republican politician to support shutting down the government over Obamacare.” Unlike in the past, GOP leaders no longer have enough power and influence to convince lawmakers to do what is best for their party. Robert Costa of National Review tweeted that power has shifted away from the Capitol leadership offices to Tea Party Inc. and backbench members of Congress.
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