This gimmick – passing a defunding measure for ObamaCare that is not linked to the proposed continuing resolution – is not only a hollow gesture, but one that is so hollow that it is insulting. It’s like the Republican establishment’s equivalent of Obama’s “red line”.
Boehner, Cantor and the other so-called pragmatists apparently believe that we are all bound to honor this national suicide pact, enacted by a previous Congress in the teeth of public opposition, and now so unpopular that major union organizations, as well as hundreds of businesses, both large and small, are attacking it.
I think it was Jonah Goldberg who first referred to the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”. Boehner and Cantor seem to have adopted this epithet as their emblem.