This is, by definition, what it means to put party before country.
On FOX News, Republican Rep. Mike Pence (IN) lets slip the Republican party's real reason for trying to shut down the government.
PENCE: Well, I don’t know if we’re checkmating. But we’re trying — we’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people, for — for the American — for the Republican people — trying to score a victory for the American people, not for the Republican Party. That victory is going to come in stages here.
Once he lets the truth slip, Pence wrestles with it and then tries to walk it back. But it's too late. He has officially shown us all the man behind the curtain. Republicans put party first. Or, the "Republican People" first. America second.