The tea party wing of the Republican Party in the Senate caused a stir recently by proposing a bill that would continue to fund the federal government only if Obamacare, in return, is stripped of its own funding.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer writes on that idea:

Led by Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, the GOP insurgents are threatening to shut down the government on Oct. 1 if the stopgap funding bill contains money for Obamacare.

This is nuts. The president will never sign a bill defunding the singular achievement of his presidency. Especially when he has control of the Senate. Especially when, though a narrow 51 percent majority of Americans disapproves of Obamacare, only 36 percent favors repeal. President Obama so knows he’ll win any shutdown showdown that he’s practically goading the Republicans into trying.

Never make a threat on which you are not prepared to deliver.

Cruz has since admitted that there aren’t enough votes to make it happen, anyway.

@eScarry