But McConnell has a tough re-election of his own. And conservative activists are not pleased with his role in negotiating a deal to reopen the government. The Senate Conservative Fund, a group dedicated to electing conservative members of the Senate, endorsed his challenger, Matt Bevin, Friday morning.
The schism continues
One of the lawmakers who backed the strategy to defund Obamacare, Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, said that the fight was worth it.
"If we don't address it today, when are we going to address it?" he rhetorically asked on CNN's 'Erin Burnett OutFront."
But on the same program, fellow Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of New York said the GOP is "a big party," adding that a lot of members believe in being "pragmatic and reasonable," noting that the strategy to dismantle Obamacare was neither.
As politicians often look for political advantage, Obama highlighted the Republican divisions.
"We shouldn't fail to act on areas that we do agree or could agree just because it's bad politics, just because the extremes in our party don't like the word compromise," he said Thursday.
Boehner, who has spent the last two-and-a-half years trying to corral his party on a host of issues, knows full well the difficulty of uniting the party.
"Because we're Republicans, we're a little more independent-minded than our friends across the aisle," Boehner told WLW radio Wednesday. "Some are a little bit more independent-minded than others."