Skip to comments.Ted Cruz wins
Posted on 10/09/2013 7:34:24 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Long ago, Ted Cruz earned the hatred of every elected Democrat in Washington. Now, hes on his way to doing the same with nearly every Republican.
He is, to paraphrase Winston Churchills quip about Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a bull who carries a china shop with him. He had barely begun his 21-hour filibuster -- or, to be strictly precise, 21-hour-long speech -- when he compared his doubters to appeasers of Adolf Hitler, and he ended it roughly a day later with a prickly exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Cruz eye-rollers had plenty of occasions to roll their eyes -- perhaps no senator has caused so many colleagues to mutter under their breaths in his first eight months in the worlds greatest deliberative body -- but the conservative grass roots cheered. They are desperate for passion and, above all, fight, and Cruz delivered them during his long hours holding forth on C-SPAN2.
We should stipulate upfront that he is not going to defund Obamacare. As a legislative strategy, the defund effort is far-fetched to the point of absurdity. The theory is that after a government shutdown, pressure becomes so intense on Democrats that Reid buckles and passes a measure defunding Obamacare, and Barack Obama signs it.
Why would a little downside political risk in the current confrontation move them? Were talking about a party that spent decades trying to pass something like Obamacare and a president who was content to lose his House majority over it.
The Cruz all-nighter wasnt a legislative tactic so much as it was what 19th-century anarchists called the propaganda of the deed. It made a point. It dramatically reaffirmed Republican resolve to repealing Obamacare. It also saved Cruzs reputation among the tea-party conservatives. By spending nearly an entire day attacking Obamacare on the Senate floor, Cruz demonstrated enough gutsiness to take the sting out of his imminent defeat.
In the longer run, the outcome in the short term is irrelevant to Cruzs stature as a conservative leader. No one asked whether Ronald Reagan had successfully blocked the ratification of the Panama Canal Treaty in 1977 when he ran for president in 1980. For that matter, no one asked whether Sen. Barack Obama had successfully defunded the Iraq War in 2007 when he ran for president in 2008.
Obamas example is instructive: When before have we heard of a new senator capturing the imagination of his partys base, establishing an unimpeachable standard of purity on a hot-button issue absolutely essential to it and beginning to run for president shortly after arriving on the national scene?
Who knows whether Cruz ultimately tries the same thing. But the scoffers are probably the same kind of people who chuckled at backbencher Newt Gingrich giving speeches to an empty House chamber on C-SPAN so many decades ago. Gingrich was playing an outside game, and so is Cruz. The disdain for him among insiders will be inversely related to the admiration for him among the much more important outsiders.
They will sustain him in a crusade against Obamacare that, alas, will extend long beyond this falls fiscal fights.
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Why would anybody in the media be concerned Cruz is disliked by everyone in Washington? Washington dislikes all the people. Have they looked at the polls? The people dislike all of Washington. So what do they care about Cruz?
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From the vitriol in the named paper, he obviously has the Dems scared.
Yep. Ever since Marx wrote it little pamphlet.
> “Long ago, Ted Cruz earned the hatred of every elected Democrat in Washington.”
Ok, I’ll buy “***nearly*** every elected democrat” in terms of ‘hatred’.
> “Now, hes on his way to doing the same with nearly every Republican.”
What kind of moron thinks/writes garbage like the above? Nearly 20 GOP senators stuck with him on cloture and the House is holding firm. The facts don’t back this moron’s assertions.
Should I read further? I’ll answer my own question: NO.
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I agree with this assessment.
THe long game is simple. People will remember who was against Obamacare, and when it hits with full force next year, anyone running as anti-Obamacare candidate will win.
Plain and simple.
Cruz is playing the long game?
We need to stay with him.
It was said that Reagan’s message was aimed over the heads of those in Washington and the media directly towards the people. I believe Cruz is doing the same thing.
“It was said that Reagans message was aimed over the heads of those in Washington and the media directly towards the people. I believe Cruz is doing the same thing.”
That is a pretty good strategy. The people vote during elections.....not the dunderheads in Washington. ;-)
The Democrap monolith finally cracks, and the Democraps vote to override the president's veto. Oh yeah.
The author could have gained a lot of credibility in his argument had he mentioned Obastard’s attempt to stop the debt limit increase in 2006. I wonder why he whiffed such an obvious example? /s
Cruz speaks for me!