Skip to comments.Norquist vs. Cruz Represents Battle Between Establishment and Conservative Republicans
Posted on 10/20/2013 9:54:31 AM PDT by don-o
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist has emerged as the Republican establishment's leading crusader and mouthpiece against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), repeatedly denigrating Cruz for fighting against Obamacare with a tactic that Norquist alleges hurt Republicans.
Obamacare is wreaking havoc on the healthcare choices Americans have in addition to forcing employers to reduce employees' hours in an already down economy. This has put a spotlight on many of the law's failures in a way those like Norquist were never able to do in a sustained manner.
Norquist has single-handedly tried to obliterate Cruz in nearly every outlet that has given him a microphone. He has said Cruz's effort to defund Obamacare never had a chance to work without mentioning that Cruz had said Democrats in red states could be persuaded to support defunding Obamacare only if Republicans were united first, which was what Cruz sought to do from the outset.
Cruz likened Republicans who were opposed to the defunding efforts to the Air Force bombing their own troops, undermining the chances of success.
Before and especially after the government shutdown, Norquist attacked Cruz for throwing Republicans into traffic and wandering away. He has said Cruz has dragged Republicans across broken glass, dismissed Cruz's "tactic," condescendingly suggested Cruz was now wiser, said Cruz has "crashed and burned," and even demanded that Cruz apologize not only to Republicans but to the constituents for whom Cruz was fighting and to whom he was listening.
But in the age of new media, such establishment gatekeeping organizations are less relevant as information--even about inside Washington and its players--is democratized. Those like Cruz can galvanize the grassroots and put pressure on politicians in a way only those with the financial and institutional resources like Norquist had been able to do before.
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I have not trusted guys named Grover since Sesame Street...seriously...The GOP ability to stand in a circular firing squad never ceases to amaze me.
Do we have any democrats shooting that thier marxists? Of course not...they are in for the kill. And they are suceeding I don’t see the GOP doing anything of good unless its them becoming the next Whig party and riding off into a well deserved sunset as the party of mediocrity.
Norquist represents the jihad.
They should have sent him to Gitmo many years ago.
I see Jeb Bush is busy telling Ted Cruz to “Have a little self restraint” and Mitch McConell is reading the democrat talking points and blaming Cruz for shutting down government.
Nothing but a couple of Kapos kissing the butts of their democrat masters.
Double that for me can’t trust the guy,Norquist, at all. No surprise he is against those who cherish America.
We need to find out who funds Norquist and see to it they hear from all of us.
Has Norquist actually ran for any elected office? Or does he just sound off from the sidelines?
Somebody remind me...what public office was Norquist elected to by the voters? Or is he just another self-appointed, self-agrandizing, loudmouthed, little, horse's ass trying to capture his 15 minutes in the spotlight? Stauking horse for the Pinko's in Washington? Probably.
It’s a shame, because Norquist has been a powerful force with his no new taxes pledge that has liberals spitting mad. Of all people, I thought he would be backing Cruz. What a disappointment!
Finally, a brilliant mind, coupled with courage more akin to that of 1776 than 2013, has emerged--a man who can articulate the philosophy of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution and fire up ordinary people to believe the possibilities of freedom. Now, which individual is more deserving of attention--the one who has failed to stop the forward march of redistribution and tyranny, or the Harvard-trained lawyer who defends the ideas of Jefferson, Adams, Washington and Madison?
Zacharias Montgomery: "If I have learned anything from the reading of history, it is that the man who, in violation of great principles, toils for temporary fame, purchases for himself either total oblivion or eternal infamy, while he who temporarily goes down battling for right principles always deserves, and generally secures, the gratitude of succeeding ages, and will carry with him the sustaining solace of a clean conscience, more precious than all the offices and honors in the gift of man."
"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."
For too long, our public discourse has been based on "issues" and short-term political goals, with not enough emphasis placed on how this or that question relates to a principle essential our very liberty as a nation.
We must return to the "road" described by Jefferson as he took office if liberty is to survive the assaults by both major Parties over the past 100 years.
Cruz was everywhere...all the time...for weeks. Where did he walk to when he walked away?
When they succeed in running Cruz and Lee out of the Republican Party, all they will have left are eunuchs. I never thought that way of Norquist, but I seem to have been mistaken.
Norquist, out on a Jihad again.
Allayour snackbar, Norquisling!
Everyone now agrees that Obamacare involves tax increases.
So why isn't Norquist on the same side of this issue as Cruz?
Could it be that Norquist has never been about decreasing taxes for Americans in general, but has always been about decreasing taxes for the crony capitalists that pay his salary?
One thing Bush did say that I agreed with.
He said the GOP side (moderates and Tea Party) need to present the public with an alternative to Obamacare.
I think he's right...we're not hearing a lot about that even with Ted Cruz.
Grover has been a mussie loving traitor for a long while now
One thing Bush did say that I agreed with.The only alternative to Obamacare is removing the government completely from the equation.
He said the GOP side (moderates and Tea Party) need to present the public with an alternative to Obamacare
I can't imagine the Republican establishment leading the charge for that.
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You're going to have to replace it with something.
The GOP (both centrists and the Tea Party) need to come up with specific alternatives which appeal to the public is O-care is to be reversed.
Saying "no, no, no" and never providing an alternative doesn't get us very far toward the goalposts.
The alternative is the free market.
Government and its accompanying bureaucracy ALWAYS makes things worse. The solution is removing all regulations and let the doctors, patients, and healthcare companies work it out amongst themselves.
Alternative is LESS GUBMINT, PERIOD!
NEVER EVER go along with this turd or his orgs.
Correcto! Free market, tort reform and insurance across state lines.....