In his crusade against Obamacare, Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz has had a less vocal buddy alongside him the entire time: Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). Cruz does more of the talking, and perhaps we now know why. Lee, in an attempt to chastise Democrats over the government shutdown, ended up accidentally defending Obama and Obamacare:
"A shutdown is too much. We don’t want a shutdown, we don’t need a shutdown. We should avoid a shutdown, and Obamacare is a law that’s going to harm people. It certainly is not a good idea to shut down the government in order to force through the implementation of Obamacare at a time when the president has said he’s not going to follow the law and he’s made substantial changes,” Lee said. “Shutdowns are bad, shutdowns are not worth it, this law is not worth causing a shutdown over."
That last line, “[Obamacare]” is not worth causing a shutdown over, runs contrary to everything Lee has been doing and saying for months, so will call that a mistake. It’s not clear what he meant to say, but it couldn’t have been that, unless Lee has been performing a really drawn out practical joke for a really long time.
But even if we discard that last line, Lee is really making the Democrats case over Obamacare and the government shutdown. Lee said that it’s “not a good idea to shut down the government in order to force through the implementation of Obamacare,” but that’s not what’s going on. Obamacare is coming in no matter what. It’s Republicans who are trying to block the implementation of Obamacare by shutting down the government. Maybe someone should ask Mike Lee if that’s worth it. He doesn’t seem to think so.