Karl Rove is considered a staunch conservative, but he is taking swings at a fellow republican saying Senator Lee's effort to defund Obamacare could hurt the party.
On the Sean Hannity radio show, Lee pushed his plan to pass a bill this fall funding the government, but not Obamacare-- a move that could force a standoff and shutdown the government.
“The American people don't want this law,” said Lee. “We've got to fight on every single front.”
Lee's strategy is to pass the proposal in the GOP House then turn tables on Senate democrats to make the shutdown decision.
“Do they choose to shutdown government in order to make sure that they fund Obamacare or do they do the right thing?” said Lee.
But Rove warned the plan would backfire causing a replay of the 1995 shutdown-- often blamed on republicans.
“This assumes that the democrats are going to be scared of a shutdown, they're not they want it!” Rove said. “They know what happened to us in 1995 when the government got shutdown and they would love that to happen to them again.”
“This is the one strategy, the one tactic that might be able to guarantee that the democrats pick up seats in the congress in 2014,” said Rove.
Rove wants to weaken Obamacare by delaying the individual mandate.
But Lee, part of a team elected on a Tea Party mandate to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, isn't budging.
“The best way to delay is to defund,” he said.
In the end, when it comes to the chances of Pres. Obama signing a bill that doesn't fund Obamacare, Rove said “Let's not kid ourselves.”
There’s another GOP heavy-hitter warning against shutting down the government. Last week at a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney told the audience, “I badly want Obamacare to go away and stripping it of funds has appeal, but we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government.”
“I'm afraid that in the final analysis, Obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy,” said Romney.