"But it is also true that the brilliant architects of the U.S. Constitution provided many checks and balances and a multitude of channels through which the will of the people may, at all times, be expressed.
The move by the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill to authorize spending for the federal government, but to withhold spending authorization for the health care law, is totally legitimate, appropriate and constitutional."
I honestly somewhat agree with this, but at the same time, that doesn't necessarily make it a good move. Republicans are still taking the majority of the flack for the government shutdown. So while this statement may be right, and the checks and balances of our government give them the ability to do this, it doesn't always make it a good idea for the long term stability of the party. A lot of people do not approve of using this method to negotiate, and that may possibly be reflected in upcoming elections.