MCKELWAY: Charles, there is a bit of a conundrum for Republicans, because Obamacare and defunding it, delaying it was the centerpiece of the Republicans' position on the government shutdown. Yet the Cruzes and the Senator Lees of the world were proven right.
KRAUTHAMMER: But the beauty of the Republicans' position today is that the death of Obamacare if and when it comes will be delivered by Democrats. Had it been delivered by Republicans before it was enacted with a defunding or any other measure, liberals would have said for 100 years we tried to get national health care, and the Republicans have thrown orphans in the snow again.
This time you can get a revolt in the Senate that's already started. It was suspended temporarily while Obama said we are going to fix the website. But the Senate Democrats who are up for re-election next year are in a panic. They have been quiet. They're not going to remain quiet. When the web site is not working in December, when tens of millions of cancellations are going to go out next year among people who have employer-provided insurance, there is going to be a revolt, and it will be Democrats who do this. And that, in and of itself, will be a blow to Obama-style liberalism of a kind it would take a decade to recover from.