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Government spending, Obamacare become game of political ‘chicken’ (+video)

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With Democrats in control of the upper chamber and prominent Republicans there vocally opposed to what they see as a potentially suicidal effort to shut down the government over the new health-care law, there’s no way that could succeed.


“Americans hate government, but they don't want it to stop functioning," Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona said recently on CNN.

“I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count – the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position,” tweeted Sen. Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee. (The “Harvard or Princeton” gibe was aimed at double Ivy Leaguer Senator Cruz.)

A government shutdown, former Florida  Gov. Jeb Bush (R) says, could make things “quite dicey for the Republican Party."

The best thing to do, other well-known Republicans say, is to grudgingly accept Obamacare and move on. Holding that view are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who says that shutting down the government would violate the public trust.

"The best way to fight it is in the 2014 elections," Governor Walker said Friday in an Associated Press interview.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, hosting a state Republican conference on Mackinac Island where Walker, Governor Jindal, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are set to appear, said a shutdown "reflects poorly on the national political culture."

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