There are several Republicans in the House and Senate who have taken the position that the GOP should allow Obamcare to be implemented because the party will benefit politically when the expected collapse occurs.
Senator Ted Cruz was on CNN this morning and gave what I consider to be the proper response to such rampant cynicism:
Bash asked Cruz if he believed that Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sibelius should resign. Cruz replied that he believed she should. Bash questioned him about the politics of that. She asked, if Sebelius is such a liability for the Obama administration, whether Republicans benefit more from her remaining in her position.
"There are Republican gray beards that make the point, 'Let's let this collapse,'" he said.
"And they think you're stepping on the message," Bash added.
"I profoundly disagree with the message," Cruz shot back. "I want to step on the message."
"I consider that very -- the Bad Samaritan theory," he continued. "Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach."
"I'm not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed," he concluded.
I don't often agree with the Texas Senator but he is absolutely right here. I still believe the debt ceiling and government shutdown were not the right vehichles to defund Obamacare. There was far too much risk to the economy and the financial sector to play with that kind of fire. But neither is this kind of cynical politics what the GOP should be all about.