In what has to be the least convincing pitch in modern political memory, House Republican leaders are suggesting to their members that they should forego a government shutdown over Obamacare and instead breach the debt ceiling over Obamacare.

Reuters reports that “the idea is gaining traction among Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, aides said on Wednesday. An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the debt limit is a ‘good leverage point’.”

Republicans will effectively be going to the White House and saying, “Delay the health-care law or we will single-handedly cause an unprecedented and unnecessary global financial crisis that everyone will clearly and correctly blame on us, destroying our party for years to come.”

Here’s the punchline: Cantor knows all that..

Eric Cantor (R-VA)

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