Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) explained to the Washington Examiner this weekend why she and some other House conservatives don't fear a government shutdown.
The bottom line is: They think this is their chance to stop Obamacare.
"There is a very large group of us who believe that this is it, this isn't just another year, this isn't just another CR fight," Bachmann told the Examiner's Byron York. "This is historic, and it's a historic shift that's about to happen, and if we're going to fight, we need to fight now."
"This isn't just another bill," Bachmann said. "This isn't load limits on turnip trucks that we're talking about. This is consequential. And I think the reason why you've come to this flash point is that this is an extremely consequential bill that will impact every American, and that's why you have such passionate opinions. And we're not giving up and we're not caving in that easily."
Bachmann also dismissed concerns about congressional brinksmanship, which some contend has a negative effect on the U.S. economy.
"I don't get upset about brinksmanship," she said. "That's what negotiation is. I was a federal tax lawyer. That's all I did -- negotiation. And in negotiation, you usually don't get anywhere until the final five minutes, and then everybody realizes OK, we're going to have to break and actually make this thing happen. That's how negotiation works."