Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina have stirred up a hornet’s nest in Congress and in the process put their Republican colleagues in the Senate and House of Representative on the spot regarding the future of Obamacare.

Lee and Meadows say they will not vote for a continuing resolution to fund the government after Sept. 30 if it contains money to continue implementing Obamacare.  So far 11 GOP senators have signed on to the pledge, while 66 House Republicans have done so.

Guaranteed loser?

If the vote were taken today on such a CR, Lee, Meadows and their stalwart supporters would almost certainly lose. Obamacare funding would be protected and the socialization of another chunk of the U.S. economy would proceed apace.

So why bother with forcing the issue? For one thing, the latest Fox News poll finds most Americans want Obamacare repealed and replaced with a smarter approach to health care reform. Defunding is a first step in the repeal process.

Second, Republicans unanimously voted against Obamacare in the first place because, they said, it would wreak havoc on the economy, hurt the quality of health care for American families and vastly expand federal power beyond anything the Founders would recognize.

A stark choice indeed:

If the Republicans really believed their own critique then, now they risk confirming Tea Party critics who accuse them of not standing for anything other protecting their positions and perks.

Vote to defund Obamacare and risk being criticized by Democrats and the liberal mediasphere or allow Obamacare funding and risk losing anywhere from a third to half or more of the Republican base.

It’s a stark choice and the outcome will likely determine whether the Republican Party has a future.

From today’s Washington Examiner:

Examiner Editorial: Income data explodes Obama myth of disappearing middle class

Travelling Man: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Wallker on the road to the White House?

Raul Labrador: Sophomore congressman seeks to rebrand the GOP

Beltway Confidential: IRS employees union wants no part of Obamacare

Beltway Confidential: Ted Cruz says Eric Holder refuses to follow the law

Sean Higgins: How the UAW made Michigan a right-to-work state

Ron Arnold: Could Obama have been Trayvon Martin?

Veronique de Rugy: Scary sequestration predictions aren’t coming true

In Other News:

Rare: Is the IRS obstructing justice?

The New York Times: College enrollment falls as economy recovers

The New York Times: Iran is said to want nuke talks with U.S.

The Washington Post: White House prepares for budget showdown with GOP

The Washington Post: Haliburton to admit destroy evidence in Gulf spill

The Washington Times: Mayorkas gets confirmation hearing despite allegations

USA Today: Morsi arrest ordered in Egypt

Lefty Playbook:

Talking Points Memo: The Obama-McCain alliance

ThinkProgress: Few companies have cut workers’ hours due to Obamacare

Rolling Stone: Special Report – Greenland is melting

Righty Playbook:

Morning Bell: Can Obamacare get the young blood it needs to live?

NRO: Cynic-in-chief

Washington Free Beacon: It’s not the economy