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From a NYT feature out yesterday:

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Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

“We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member, Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “At least at Heritage Action, we felt very strongly from the start that this was a fight that we were going to pick.”

Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: a standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation.
The "blueprint" mentioned above contains such ideas as:

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Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare. This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.

A mere “date-change CR” is unacceptable. Although the Obama administration and others will argue the CR is not the appropriate legislative vehicle to defund Obamacare, it is easily done through a series of appropriation riders. Because the CR represents one of the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare, it must not be used to bargain on the upcoming sequester.
This "blueprint" was developed back in February. Erick Erickson, the Editor of Redstate, was one of the signers. He has stated repeatedly that this shutdown is about defunding obamacare. Here is post of his after the shutdown started and some Republicans were making noises about the shutdown not being about Obamacare:
Erick Erickson wrote:
Congressmen, this is about shutting down Obamacare.

Democrats keep talking about our refusal to compromise. They don’t realize our compromise is defunding Obamacare. We actually want to repeal it.

This is it. Our endgame is to leave the whole thing shut down until the President defunds Obamacare. And if he does not defund Obamacare, we leave the whole thing shut down.

After all, if the government is not spending any money, when we collide with the debt ceiling in two weeks, we should not have to worry since the government is spending so little money.

This shutdown is about Obamacare. Congressmen, do not take your eyes off the ball. This is not about a grand bargain to restructure the tax code, reform entitlements, or raise revenue.

This is about shutting down Obamacare.
They even developed a "Defunding Obamacare Toolkit" that includes talking points and tweets that contains what we hear the Republicans chanting now.

The Times continues:

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The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
Boehner had brought a deal to Reid, and they negotiated a way to pass a clean CR at Republican funding levels. Each side got something they wanted, but not all. The Republicans would get their funding number and the Democrats would get a CR not tied to Obamacare. But the Tea Party put the smackdown on that plan as it didn't fit with their plan.

And still many Tea Party/Republican/Conservative/Whatevers claim this shutdown isn't their fault. What? They planned and executed this maneuver.
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The open display of impotence on the part of the Republican party is an interesting tactic.

House:We don't want a shutdown.

Senate and Presidentass a clean cr, and we will discuss concerns about the ACA. You know you have votes among the dems to change *some* of the legislation, just follow the normal rules and you can get some of what you want.

House:We are completely powerless to do that. We don't want a shutdown but we are unable to execute the normal function of our half of the legislative branch. We need a perscription for Viagrislation Pills.

Senate and Pres:you could probably get those under the ACA you know...
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galad2003 wrote:
If you didn't know that this whole situation was planned then you are naive.
Well, to be fair, Tripp/BJ/et al have maintained the shutdown is the Democrat's fault because they "won't negotiate".

This plan spells out in detail that 'negotiating' (which did happen, very aggressively, and the Democrats gave up a lot - but nevermind all that) any further wouldn't have helped. The Tea Party won't let the government function unless they get all of their demands (IE., defunding Obamacare) met.

Someone entering 'negotiations' with the stated objective that "the only deal I'll accept is one where I get everything I want, and you get nothing you want" ...is the very definition of 'not negotiating in good faith'.
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