“Pauls statements are devastating cryptonite at this point in the debate”
You are blowing it out of proportion. This was an off the cuff remark answering some guys question. Cruz said the same thing last week in a press release, before the house voted. Many people in the house were not happy about that.
If the filibuster succeeds, we are going into a government shutdown. Obama has no reason to negotiate. In a shutdown he can spend the money coming in, in any way that he wants. And then at some point the republicans will cave because the government can’t stay shutdown forever. Many people haven’t really thought this through.
I don’t think so, and I didn’t like Cruz’ comments either....but Cruz has joined the debate hard again.
And I’m not sure I agree with your assessment of the results of a shutdown....