Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- We’re used to brinkmanship in
Washington resulting from conflict between Democrats and
Republicans. But this shutdown is different. It’s a fight
between Republicans and Republicans -- or, more specifically,
Republicans and the Tea Party.
In 1995 and 1996, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
proudly led Republicans into their shutdown fight with President
Bill Clinton. But Speaker John Boehner didn’t want this week’s
shutdown. He didn’t want to sign onto Republican Senator Ted
Cruz’s doomed effort to defund the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. Boehner’s strategy was to pass a clean bill
to fund the government at or near current sequestration levels -
- a major victory for Republicans, by the way -- and then secure
additional spending cuts in negotiations over the debt ceiling.