‘Quit’ isn’t the way Tea Party senators, Anthony Weiner roll

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, fights like Anthony Weiner.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, fights like Anthony Weiner.
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Top Story: The fights over defunding Obamacare and electing Carlos Danger have one thing in common: a love of diving head-first into no-win scenarios to the chagrin of party regulars.

  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has something in common with New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Lee, for one, believes that “Yes we can!” defund Obamacare — despite the fact that everyone knows he can’t. (The Washington Post)
  • Weiner, too, believes “Yes I can!” win the race for mayor of New York City — despite the fact that everyone knows he can’t. (Politico)
  • And yet Lee keeps trying to stir things up on the airwaves. (Mike Lee)
  • And yet Weiner keeps trying to stir things up on the airwaves. (Intelligencer)
  • Today, Lee got some tough love, courtesy fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, in the form of a government report that explains, in effect, “Hey, it was fun while it lasted!” (Sen. Tom Coburn)
  • And on Monday, Weiner got some tough love, courtesy Quinnipiac University, in the form of a poll that reads, in effect, “Hey, at least you’re still beating Sal Albanese!” (Quinnipiac University)
  • The big problem for Lee is that few of his fellow Republicans want to follow him into this fight … (First Read)
  • … while the big problem for Weiner is that none of his fellow Democrats want to follow him into this fight. (Real Clear Politics)
  • Lastly, everyone keeps wondering when Lee will end his campaign, but not only is Lee remaining firm — he’s starting to say things that could irrevocably harm relations with powerful forces in his party: “Defund it, or own it. If you fund it, you’re for it.” (Talking Points Memo)
  • Ditto, Weiner. Everyone keeps wondering when he’ll end his campaign, but not only is Weiner remaining … well, you know … he’s starting to say things that could irrevocably harm relations with power forces like the Clintons (who reportedly want him to drop out): “I am not terribly interested in what people who are not voters in the city of New York have to say.” (Politico)

'Quit' isn't the way Tea Party senators, Anthony Weiner roll

Updated