Days before the nation hits its debt ceiling deadline October 17, conservatives are beginning to abandon their strategy of demanding concessions for a vote that prevents a U.S. default.
Even as Republicans downplay the consequences of missing this deadline, Heritage Action and other influential conservatives have urged a new strategy that keeps Obamacare out of the debt. Now, they want Republicans to stay focused on keeping the government closed over Obamacare but relent on a debt ceiling increase.
On Wednesday morning, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham conceded, “We should raise the debt limit.” “We’d give the speaker some flex on a short-term debt limit increase,” Needham said, though he went on to say that Heritage will oppose a budget continuing resolution that does not defund the health care law. “We’d be opposed to anything that would be considered a long-term debt limit increase, anything that goes beyond the 2014 election.”
Erick Erickson echoed that point on RedState, urging the GOP not to use the debt ceiling as leverage in its anti-Obamacare crusade.”Conservatives need to push the debt ceiling fight off the front burner to after Christmas,” he said, continuing, “This would buy us some time to finish the fight to defund Obamacare and set us up well to fight the next long-term debt limit increase to the death by removing some of the President’s scare tactics.”