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Tea Party Leader Slams Cantor For Taking Government Shutdown Off The Table

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"Maybe I'm just one of those yahoos, but I think it's crazy to take anything off the table," said Mark Meckler, cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots. "Unfortunately i think Cantor is repeatedly making this mistake."

"The closest thing we're going to get to repeal right now is defunding," Meckler said, and that won't happen if Republicans take their biggest bargaining chip off the table. "In battle you don't go in and tell the other side we'll only go so far, so if you push us this far we'll stop."

For Meckler, and his organization, it's about more than just the health care law.

"They're looking at bringing earmarks back because they think they can bring back earmarks that have merit," Meckler said in disbelief. "I'm so bored of their rhetoric and i have such an overall feeling of disbelief for what anybody currently in Washington says."

"Maybe there's some sense among Republicans that they're going to be victorious and so they can go back to their old ways," Meckler said. But they're forgetting one important thing. "Republicans are not well liked," he added. And if they disappoint, "we'll be back again and we'll throw 'em all out."

Jamie Radtke, chair of the Virginia Tea Party -- and of the Tea Party in Cantor's Richmond district -- was unavailable for comment.