Is the Tea Party Having Second Thoughts?
The Tea Party is at the center of the Republican knot of anti-ObamaCare sentiment, which is playing a key role in the government shutdown over the annual spending bill. However, this knot may be showing signs of unraveling as three Tea Party Republicans in the House spoke up and asserted their willingness to consider agreements not built around ObamaCare.
According to Bloomberg, Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) have said that on condition of the debt ceiling being lifted — and allowing for U.S. tax law, Medicare, Social Security, and other policy revision — they would pass a spending bill and end the shutdown.
Considering the cracks already showing in Republican opinion, disagreements in the far right don’t bode well for party union. “The president seems unwilling to give an inch on Obamacare, so, alright, where can we find other reforms?” said Farenthold, adding that if Republicans “can make the same or bigger difference doing something other than Obamacare, I don’t see why we wouldn’t do it.”