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How Cruz, Lee and Paul shut down Obama’s agenda
Daily Caller ^ | October 14, 2013 | Christopher Bedford

Posted on 10/14/2013 1:01:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken the helm of the GOP, steering their party and its grassroots into a much-needed, head-on battle with the Democrats.

On the campaign trail on the way to his win in November 2012, President Barack Obama promised to finish the work he’d gone to Washington to do: “fundamentally transforming the United States.” Things look tough for the right in Washington today, but the reality is these three conservative Republicans, aided by friends in the Senate and the House, have dragged the president’s ambitious agenda to a complete halt, throwing both him and Democrat Sen. Harry Reid on their heels and adding policy paralysis to the president’s long list of post-election woes.

While Republican leadership in the House was loud when scandals from Benghazi to the IRS unfolded, over the last year conventional wisdom in Washington has held that sequester would never happen; amnesty for illegal immigrants was a done deal; no sane Republican would stand against an assault-weapons ban after Sandy Hook; the GOP would bless a charge into Syria; and, well, fill in the blank: student loans? Climate change? The tea party was over and Washington, D.C. was Obama’s oyster.

But then a strange thing happened. As one by one, impossible victories were won, observers saw the policy agenda of the president — a man who won a resounding victory just months ago — stagnate and stall: He hasn’t won a single victory since his re-election.

It’s almost surreal. Sequester is tentatively in place; amnesty is derailed; gun control is on the run; American forces are not involved in Syria’s civil war.

Senior Republicans are taking their cues from a couple of freshman conservatives.

After years of void, Republicans have leadership in D.C.

Abd after decades of void, conservatives do, too.

The new breed of conservatives won victories by shifting public opinion and navigating parliamentary procedure. Today, Cruz and Lee’s fight to defund Obamacare is deeply mired in parliamentary mumbo-jumbo, and public opinion is divided and negative across the board. In short, it is not ideal. And so long as the Democrats control the White House and the Senate, it never could be ideal. But one thing is undeniable: Their stand has lit a much-needed fire in D.C.

Will they defund Obamacare? No, they won’t. But they could — and they have — changed the narrative in Washington. And barring a disaster, that could change the narrative across the country on Nov. 4, 2014.

The folks who live in the world of Politico see electoral defeat hiding in the closet and Newt Gingrich’s ghost under the bed, but here’s an important question: What are Republicans so afraid of? Who is coming to get them?

The House of Representatives has turned Obama and Reid’s strategy on its head. When the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund children with cancer, they did; when the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund national parks, they did; when the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund veterans, they did. All of the House’s stop-gap measures died in the Democrat’s Senate, along with scores of others.

Now, imagine the Democrat’s 2014 campaign ads: “One year ago, Republicans caved on the C.R.” “One year ago, Ted Cruz shut down the government.” Are those so deadly? Are Republican afraid that the Democrats won’t go easy, like they did last time? That time they called Republicans pro-rapists who wanted to push the elderly off cliffs and put African Americans “back in chains”?

Now imagine the GOP’s 2014 ads: “Sen. John Doe voted against funding our cancer clinics, against funding our parks, against funding our veterans — all to please Harry Reid.”

“As a result of this fight, we have a dozen House votes with Democrats voting against veterans, cancer research, the National Guard, parks and monuments, FEMA, FDA, and so on,” one senior defund Senate staffer told The Daily Caller. “In the Senate, we have a bunch of statements from Democrats saying that our attempt to protect veterans was ‘playing games’ and ‘unserious.’ These will all be tools in the next election, and would not have happened without the fight.”

What’s more, the effects of this shutdown simply aren’t felt by the vast majority of Americans and will be forgotten just as soon as cable news’ doomsday clocks are taken off the screen.

Republican naysayers should stop fretting, and pay attention to the conservative ascendance right in front of their eyes.

In 1964, conservatives crashed the Grand Old Party, wresting the nomination from the moderates and, admittedly, running the GOP into a terrible electoral defeat. But in 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater caught the nation’s imagination, and lit a fire that never went out.

In 1976, afters years in the wilderness, conservatives fought again to wrest control from the moderates when Gov. Ronald Reagan primaried the sitting Republican president. Reagan lost, and his efforts contributed to President Gerald Ford’s defeat and President Jimmy Carter’s win, but he caught the nation’s imagination and stoked that fire that Goldwater had lit.

The “glorious disasters” that were 1964 and 1976, of course, laid the foundation for the Reagan Revolution.

That isn’t to say that Lee and Cruz don’t have their faults. Like in ’64 and ’76, not every aspect of their plans have gone as we, and they, would like. But for nearly two decades, conservatives languished without national leadership capable of closing the ranks. Today, Lee and Cruz have taken that mantle, stepping up the pressure, drawing bold lines and forcing hard votes.

In 1975 — 11 years after Goldwater’s defeat, one year after the end of Watergate, one year before his primary defeat and five years before his presidential victory — Reagan told an assembled crowd that the Republican Party must move aggressively forward, “raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people.”

Reagan was right then, and he is right now. No, we won’t win every battle. But here in front of us are the means, the talent and the courage to win the country. Don’t miss the boat.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boldcolors; conservatism; cruz; leadership; mikelee; tedcruz

1 posted on 10/14/2013 1:01:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>> After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot

I understand John McCain was a pilot.


2 posted on 10/14/2013 1:03:59 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric
I understand John McCain was a pilot.

Now he's nothing but a Collaborator.
3 posted on 10/14/2013 1:05:09 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Indeed


4 posted on 10/14/2013 1:13:04 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (we can't all hide behind friendly lines, someone has to attack the bunkers)
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To: Gene Eric

If crashing planes makes you a pilot, I reckon I’d be a very good one.


5 posted on 10/14/2013 1:13:45 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (we can't all hide behind friendly lines, someone has to attack the bunkers)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Time for the Term “The Loyal Opposition” to be used on a daily basis by the Republicans. It was all the Rats said when they were out of power.

Lets’ see, what other phrases have been lacking?

“Dissent is Patriotic”, thanks Hillary.

How about “it’s time to end the Politics of Personal Destruction”? That was big during Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal wasn’t it?

I guess Ted Cruz isn’t worthy of that defense in the eyes of the Democrats. He’s an Extremist don’t you know...


6 posted on 10/14/2013 1:16:57 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, the Tagline is closed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Puzzleman; Come And Take It; Perdogg; whinecountry; DollyCali; nicksaunt; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, it is a high-volume ping list!


7 posted on 10/14/2013 1:17:34 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Gene Eric
I understand John McCain was a pilot.

He was. His nickname was "Crash".

8 posted on 10/14/2013 1:20:35 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Kickass Conservative
Time for the Term “The Loyal Opposition” to be used on a daily basis by the Republicans. It was all the Rats said when they were out of power...

We hold the line on sequester

9 posted on 10/14/2013 1:30:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Lol, I still have my Goldwater button tacked up behind my basement bar.


10 posted on 10/14/2013 1:47:29 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (real men don't hide in bunkers, they charge the bunkers)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
My post in the comments of that article:

Conservatives have been telling the GOP for years and DECADES that you got to FIGHT these people on the left....Make your STAND! That's all that it takes!

I mean the GOP had the perfect opportunity to take the battle to the left defending the Boy Scouts from the queers and they refused to take the fight to them. For heavens sake, if you can't win election with something like that, then you're just plain hopeless!

The GOP is supposed to be the mom and apple pie of American politics, patriotic, defender of defense, pro small govt, pro-life, por-marriage, all things that reverberate with Main Street, USA!

But they're either too big of pu$$ies or too stupid to carry the fight to the enemy, OR BOTH!

FIGHT! STAND YOUR GROUND IN THE FACE OF UNUTTERABLE EVIL!

Yeah, you're going to lose sometimes; but you're gonna win sometimes too. If you surrender without a fight, you just lose all the time!


11 posted on 10/14/2013 2:19:11 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Obama&Admin=An army of deer, led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer)
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To: cynwoody
"He was. His nickname was "Crash". "

He should NEVER have been accepted to flight school. He finished close to last in his class at the Naval Academy.
Only the top 10% are allowed in flight school.
Unless your daddy is the Admiral.

12 posted on 10/14/2013 2:38:13 AM PDT by DeaconRed (The walls will come crumbling down ZERO. . . . . Oh Yes they will I promise! ! ! ! ! !)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
FIGHT! STAND YOUR GROUND IN THE FACE OF UNUTTERABLE EVIL!

Bump!

13 posted on 10/14/2013 2:41:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Gene Eric
“I understand John McCain was a pilot.”

Yeah, to the republican conservative, a Pontius Pilate.

14 posted on 10/14/2013 2:59:44 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Gene Eric
I understand John McCain was a pilot.

Right - flying "up there" spotting "wacko birds" and "kamakaze" conservatives.

15 posted on 10/14/2013 3:04:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Vindictive old coot really believed it was his right to be president but it was foiled by his own hand and those of his rino party


16 posted on 10/14/2013 3:09:36 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

BUMP for Cruz, a man with a brain AND a heart.


17 posted on 10/14/2013 3:24:56 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: Gene Eric
I understand John McCain was a pilot

That's a really funny analogy. The deposed pilot of the Republican Party is good at only one thing; crashing his planes.

18 posted on 10/14/2013 3:31:36 AM PDT by grania
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Agenda Shut it down !


19 posted on 10/14/2013 3:39:20 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Gene Eric

” I understand John McCain was a pilot. “ and the song bird for North Vietcong Charley.


20 posted on 10/14/2013 3:41:10 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"In 1964, conservatives crashed the Grand Old Party, wresting the nomination from the moderates and, admittedly, running the GOP into a terrible electoral defeat. But in 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater caught the nation’s imagination, and lit a fire that never went out."

I got involved in the Libertarian Party in the late 80's. There were 3 basic groups: Randians (even though Ayn Rand called libertarians 'right-wing hippies' and opposed the LP), the second group were Goldwaterites, folks who were teenagers or college students who worked for Goldwater and everyone else.

21 posted on 10/14/2013 5:19:25 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In 1976, afters years in the wilderness, conservatives fought again to wrest control from the moderates when Gov. Ronald Reagan primaried the sitting Republican president. Reagan lost, and his efforts contributed to President Gerald Ford’s defeat and President Jimmy Carter’s win, but he caught the nation’s imagination and stoked that fire that Goldwater had lit.

I assume that the Republicans in that era blamed the conservatives for Ford's defeat. Like today, they probably whined and moaned about how the conservatives "had a hissy fit and stayed home," instead of manning up and acknowledging the fact that picking a candidate because "it's his turn" is a losing strategy - not to mention the fact that a candidate that's acceptable to the wealthy blue-blood Rockefeller Republicans probably isn't acceptable to the Bible-believing, pro-life, pro-gun rubes in flyover country they sneer at.

22 posted on 10/14/2013 5:59:54 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SoConPubbie
Now he's nothing but a Collaborator.

Hey, if you've gotta be good at something, you may as well strive to be the best!


23 posted on 10/14/2013 6:02:56 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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