CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Never issue a threat you're not prepared to, in the end, honor and deliver on, and if the Republicans imagine they're going to either stop the funding of the government or refuse the raising of the debt ceiling, they're out of their minds. It would be a catastrophe in the end. All the president has to do is wait and they're going to cave. This happened on January the 1st of this year. It happened with the debt ceiling, we know the end game. Why would you threaten something and demand in return something you know the president will never do? It's his signature legislation; it would be repudiation of his entire first term. The only alternative is to go over a cliff, it is really dumb.
BRET BAIER: If you believe Obamacare will be so detrimental to the country, as many of the Republicans that signed on believe, then aren't you by representing who you represent supposed to fight for that which could hurt the country?
KRAUTHAMMER: But you don't engage in a tactic that you know from the beginning will lose, will injure the Republicans who had a come back since the 1st of January. The only way to do it is to recover the Senate and do it with full control of the Congress, if ever, or the White House. You can't govern from a single house of Congress. (Special Report, July 26, 2013)