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GOP congressman slams “lemming” colleagues

In an interview on Monday with Robert Costa of the National Review, Congressman Devin Nunes, who made headlines last week for calling a group of unnamed Republicans "lemmings with suicide vests," expressed his deep frustration with his party's direction during the ongoing government shutdown.

After insisting that he doesn't have "anything personal against" Ted Cruz, Nunes nevertheless vociferously criticized his party's Cruz-backed strategy to shut down the government as a way to repeal or defund Obamacare. " I couldn’t stand there and go along with something I knew wasn’t plausible," Nunes said. "It never was; never has been."

But Nunes saved his sharpest criticisms for those he had previously referred to as "lemmings," a bloc of roughly 30-50 members of Congress (dubbed the "suicide caucus" by conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer) that has spurred Speaker Boehner to make evermore extreme demands in exchange for funding the government and lifting the debt ceiling.

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