HOT BLAST: Boehner in a bind?
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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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TPM highlights some interesting reporting from Byron York.

In a piece titled On Capitol Hill, the Obamacare fight is no longer about Obamacare, York writes:

I've been trying to figure this out," says one House Republican of the current standoff over funding the government. "It seems to me that Boehner could do whatever he wants with Democrats on the floor and still get about 180 or 190 of us. So why doesn't he do that?"

The lawmaker was referring to the fact that a large majority of the House's 232 Republicans, plus a large majority of its 200 Democrats, would likely support a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government but not defund, delay, or limit Obamacare. If House Speaker John Boehner were to bring such a bill to the floor, it would probably pass with a majority of Republican as well as Democratic votes. But Boehner doesn't do it.

York concludes:

The fight is now about the shutdown itself, and Obamacare has been pushed to the side.

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