Sen. Lamar Alexander, apparently still suffering from the delusion that he can reason with the Tea Party, went to the Senate floor yesterday to try again to explain why he's against shutting down the government over Obamacare.
Alexander said he's “not in the shut-down-the-government crowd,” but rather in the “take-over-the-government crowd that is ready to repeal and replace Obamacare with step-by-step reforms that would reduce the costs of health care.”
“Every one of us has voted against voted against Obamacare repeatedly. Every one of us would vote to repeal it, but in my view, the right tactic is not to shut down the government. It won’t work — Obamacare would just keep going and we would have shut down the government.”
“Who do you suspect is going to get blamed for this? We will have succeeded in shifting the blame for passing Obamacare from the Democrats, who did it unanimously, to the Republicans for shutting down the government.”