Updated 7:30 p.m. ET 9/30/13
Washington (CNN) – Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.
They said they were hoping there were enough GOP members like them who were fed up with the tactics of the leadership that they can find enough votes to defeat the first procedural measure, known as the rule.
That would have prevented the House GOP leadership from even bringing their plan up at all. Because the moderate Republicans failed to generate enough support, the broader GOP bill that includes anti-Obamacare provisions will now go to a final vote.
Given the makeup of the GOP caucus, the House Republican moderates needed 17 Republicans to agree to defy their leadership, and be willing to face what will undoubtedly be the wrath of the conservative grassroots.
"We have people in the conference, I believe, who'd be just as happy to have the government shutdown," King said. "They live in these narrow echochambers. They listen to themselves and their tea party friends. That keeps them going, forgetting that the rest of the country thinks we're crazy."
No, Mr. Boehner, it is your fault for putting Republicans re-elections ahead of the good of the country. Compromise is essential for governance. Your kow-towing to the Tea Partiers makes you known by the company you keep.
As I was growing up in a small rural part of a small state in the South, it was insinuated that the white men who was in charge of things, such as running the government, etc., were smart men, who were able to put aside any differences they may have, to do what is important for the masses; that white men knew how to get stuff done; that those white men were on the ball when no one else was. I have now come to the frightening conclusion, that was an exercise in bull do! Unfortunate for this great country, that those same white men would be willing to throw a temper tantrum and let the country crash and burn because they cannot have their way. Shameful!!!!
The conservative Republicans basically do not care who suffers collateral damage for their noble (sic) principles. Case in point- NC has a very conservative state government now but the government shutdown closes the Blue Ridge Parkway during peak tourism season ('leaf peepers'). How many ordinary citizens will take a big hit from this, who get part of their income from tourism? But the Tea Partiers have nothing but contempt for the public in general. They raise arrogance to an art form.