CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the Boehner speech was what you would expect. He didn't want to do it and he had to do it and so he had to defend it, and that is kabuki. I think it's going to go to the Senate and if we end up with a shutdown, it is going to be kamikaze, and the Republicans will end up sushi. Very thin slices. And everybody knows this, this is sort of a charade.
Cruz is going to get a lot of airtime, he's gotten a huge amount of airtime. There is nowhere to go on this. The irony is, as I have been saying for weeks, Obamacare is so unpopular, even the unions are up and arms against it, the AFL-CIO came within a hair of calling calling for its repeal. Right now, they want all kinds of changes which they are not going to get.
So you have Democrats against it, it's about to kick in and we heard today that they don't even have the software that will enable the system to calculate what the subsidies are after hearing that they don't have the software to ascertain what you say is your income and thus your subsidy is true, so it's on an honor system. This is going to be a complete disaster, we're on the threshold of that. As Chuck [Lane] indicates, the Republicans are on the upswing of the issues and now this? It's insane and it's not going to happen.