John Boehner is playing a dangerous game by linking the defunding of Obamacare (and other pet Republican issues) to continuing to fund the government. He originally proposed a "kick the can down the road" proposal of funding the government through Dec. 15th and working on these issues but yesterday the far right wing of the party (read Tea Partyers) got him to capitulate and accept the linkage. First off, there is no way there will ever be a bill come out of the Senate to defund Obamacare. Even Ted Cruz acknowledged this. Secondly, suppose pigs were to fly and there was a bill, Obama would surely veto it. Thirdly, the blame for the shutdown of the government would fall squarely on the Republicans. Putting the implications for the stock market aside, this third outcome--Republicans blamed for shutdown--might be too much for Obama to resist, so he might not put up too much of a fight to shut down the government. It could be a strategy to win back the House for Democrats in 2014. Waiting in the wings is the debt ceiling extension. The government could run out of money by October 19th. Guess who would get the blame for that? Especially if the government shuts down? Yep, the Republicans. Here's a couple of quotes from the players: Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said House Republicans set off on a kamikaze mission. “They’re living in right-wing fantasy land” if they expect Democrats to take the blame for the chaos that could ensue, he said. But victorious House conservatives evinced no worries about the final outcome. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said, “We’ve got to play the game. We’ve got to see how it all shakes out. Ummm... I pretty much know how it's all going to work out--Obama is going to pown the Republicans. Again. And it will lead to the loss of the House in 2014.