Lee’s shutdown strategy: Some see it as brilliant, others as a giant blunder

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at an anti-Obamacare rally in September on Capitol Hill. He is a controversial figure during this shutdown. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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Beyond his passionate Senate speeches, the Utah Republican has been prowling the halls of the House, huddling with tea-party colleagues there to push a reluctant party leadership to adopt their strategy to cripple the Affordable Care Act by tying it to the federal budget fight. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has emerged as the face of the effort and garnered, by far, the most attention, but Lee is the behind-the-scenes strategist and a wingman rooting on Cruz as he pitches their …

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