You Sure You Wanna Do That?

ASSOCIATED PRESS

This emerging battle on the Hill over the new carbon emissions regs from the EPA really bears watching. You now have a group of Republican senators saying they’ll consider shutting down the federal government this fall to block the new regs. That’s on the usually more moderate Senate side.

It’s hard to figure the political upside for the GOP of a government shutdown right before the midterm elections. Could Democrats and the White House get so lucky?

“If Republicans want to repeat their government shutdown play to protect the profits of big polluters, they’re placing a pretty risky bet,” a White House official tells us.