Who is ‘we’? You? Graham, and all of the GOP both chambers with the exception of Cruz, Lee, Paul and those who have stood behind them? Yes, ‘you’ have lost this battle – if their efforts are put on the chopping block by the Senate and Boehner – at this point.
Following the quick collapse of a proposed House compromise to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who has been critical of the strategy to attempt to defund of Obamacare, strongly encouraged Republicans to stop the standoff.
“It’s very, very serious,” McCain told the New York Times. “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.”