Even most Republicans, in their candid moments, admit that the Affordable Care Act won't be defunded. But for former Vice Presidential Nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that's not good enough.
"We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way [Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee] have rallied the grassroots to their cause," Palin writes, in an op-ed penned for the conservative website Breitbart. "But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless."
"But the permanent political class is handwringing and howling that if there’s a government shutdown the media will blame Republicans for it," she continues. "Here’s a little newsflash, GOP establishment: Whenever anything bad happens, the media blames Republicans for it."
"That’s not an excuse to roll over and play dead. It’s a call to follow the advice I give my daughters: Woman up, stand your ground, and fight like a girl!"
Palin said a failure to "woman up" and defund Obamacare wouldn't fall on the shoulders of Cruz, who has been one of the principal voices urging the gutting of the law.
"If the Senate doesn’t get behind Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare, it won’t be because of any failure on Ted’s part," Palin said. "It’ll be because there weren’t enough principled leaders to stand with him, and that would be a tragic loss, not for Ted, but for America."
Unfortunately for Palin, and for Cruz, the Senate is unlikely to support a version of the government funding that strips the Affordable Care Act. And with the House passing a funding bill that does just that, short of last minute heroics, the country could be heading for a shutdown.
Polls show a strong majority of Americans don't want to go down that road, even if it means letting the still-unpopular health care law go into effect.