Skip to comments.How Ted Cruz Won the Shutdown Drama
Posted on 11/03/2013 2:11:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
.......Skeptics ask: What was achieved by Ted Cruz with his 21-hour filibuster against ObamaCare on the floor of the U.S. Senate? What did Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives accomplish by trying to delay or defund ObamaCare?
To start with, Obama's nice-guy mask slipped, letting average voters see Obama's snarl. Talk show host Roger Hedgecock started calling the President "Barack Obey-Me" due to his arrogant behavior. The mask slipped because Republicans knocked it aside. Obama's shutdown "theater of the absurd" revealed a vindictive, petty tyrant in conflict with his political image, carefully created for superficial "hope and change" voters.
Second, Ted Cruz made it very clear that the ObamaCare disaster is the Democrats' baby. Sen. Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, and other Republicans succeeded in sharply separating the Republican Party from then-looming disasters, now upon us. So now Democrats own this mess lock, stock, and barrel. Failing to distance the Grand Old Party from ObamaCare on the eve of its disastrous roll-out would have been foolish.
Third, the strategy of conservative Republicans always incorporated a "Second Act" that must follow whenever ObamaCare inevitably fell apart. Cruz anticipated that the American people would realize eventually: "Holy Cow! Those Republicans were right!" In fact, Cruz seized on a perfect opportunity, like a tennis ball hanging in mid-air in perfect position for a tennis pro to smash it effortlessly over the net. But the impacts are still in the process of unfolding.
.......However, it is absurd to view the situation as only a snapshot, viewing only one limited moment in time. A war is not won in a single skirmish. Cruz's critics narrowly view the shutdown as only one single event, not as part of an overall strategy......
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Here's hoping that it is an electoral tsunami (we used to say tidal wave in my day but half of today's people wouldn't understand that now).
It is difficult for me to believe that there are, or could be, out there who are so oblivious to what Obama and his ilk are doing. Myself, I'm just one big ball of seething, angry, anxious voter RAGE who cannot wait to punch the ballot against a RINO or two in the primaries.
Me thinks it was not a drama but a showdown of wits and Cruz and Lee were the winner by far. Odogdung can not hold a candle on smarts compared to these two. People say Odogdung is smart....I say BS...maybe the puppet masters are smart but not Odogdung.
They not only out foxed Odogdung, but the ones in the Republican party as well that were calling for their heads.
Cruz stood up to the entrinched Republican establishment and did what he said he would do when he ran for office. For this, I will always have respect for the man.
If he tires of Washington, he can come home to Texas and be President of this great State.
Now, we need to rid Washington of Cornyn.....
No one can tell me that there weren’t GOPE (GOP Elite Snobs) insiders who weren’t well aware that amonst other things that the infamous website wouldn’t be operational at the start up date. But kept it to themselves because they didn’t want the upstart tea partyers to spread the word. That might have killed this thing from the get go.
While the Romney camp didn’t use any researched material in the disasterous 2012 campaign on AHCA that don’t mean they didn’t research what was in there. If they deny researching it then they’re really incompetent.
Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war played out inside the White House, according to five people familiar with the episode. On one side, members of the economic team and Obama health-care adviser Zeke Emanuel lobbied for the president to appoint an outside health reform czar with expertise in business, insurance and technology. On the other, the presidents top health aides who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail argued that they could handle the job.
In the end, the economic team never had a chance: The president had already made up his mind, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid. Obama wanted his health policy team led by Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform to be in charge of the laws arduous implementation. Since the day the bill became law, the official said, the president believed that if you were to design a person in the lab to implement health care, it would be Nancy-Ann........ HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs FR thread.
Discussion with my sister who is way smarter than myself and her conclusion on this healthcare role out.
The Odogdung administration never intends it to work and will never fix it. He seeks failure of 1/3rd of our economy, our health care system. Just another chink in the destruction of America as we know it. Bring down the best country in the world that has the best health care system. Hamstring the “law” with as many pages of BS, rules and regs. Keep tweeking it until NObody has a clue what the law is. Keep dragging it out with failures.
And the other part: The old adage, you control a persons money you control half the man and if you control his health you control the other half of the man.
"The ObamaCare website fiasco was part of Ted Cruz's strategy all along. In fact, it did not take any kind of genius to know that these embarrassing developments were coming -- only the courage to act on insight."
I'm impressed that the House Republicans followed through with enough courage to at least get the news out there.
As for 2014 I say Throw the Bums Out!
Every single incumbent of every party should be shown the door.
About Nancy Ann DeParle:
"DeParle was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee, where she graduated from Rockwood High School. Her mother died of lung cancer when Nancy-Ann was 17
She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where her major was history and her senior thesis was entitled "Uncle Sam, Hirohito, and Resegregation: The Tule Lake Segregation Center, 1943-1946." She was awarded a B.A. degree with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a Phi Kappa Phi scholar. She was the first female president of the University of Tennessee student body and was a member of the Gamma Alpha chapter of Delta Gamma. In 1978 Glamour magazine named her one of the year's top ten college women.
After graduating from Tennessee she enrolled in Harvard Law School, but interrupted her studies there when she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship. As a Rhodes scholar, she went to Balliol College of Oxford University, receiving a B.A. from Oxford in 1981. After returning to Harvard, she earned a J.D. degree in 1983.
She is married to Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times.
......DeParle has drawn criticism for her lucrative service on corporate boards after her tenure in the Clinton administration. Msnbc.com reported that she was paid more than $6 million, and served as a director of half a dozen companies that faced federal investigations, whistleblower lawsuits and other regulatory actions. Many of these companies have a stake in the health care reform that she led.
She served as a director of Accredo Health Inc., Boston Scientific, Cerner Corp., DaVita, Guidant, Medco Health Solutions, Speciality Laboratories, and Triad Hospitals. She was a managing director of CCMP Capital....... Source
It is impossible for me to believe that the number “six” could: 1) be impossible for the government to tally, 2) impossible to be a ‘rough estimate’, and 3) so vast and complex from so many sources as to be difficult to tabulate.
Maybe they were going about this tabulation thing all wrong. Maybe they should have entered their DoB, SSN, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, insurance policy numbers, Secret Santa accounts, layaway account numbers, and so on, it would have given them the count..
Years ago, I listened briefly to Bennet. What a load of go-along, get-along Coffee Klatch programming. This man has no business doing a talk show where the audience is predisposed to be conservative. He’s a GOPe elitist from way, way back.
Michael M.....I recently heard his spew on the radio - got really incensed about it. Not a conservative, not anyone whose opinion I value. I am surprised Rush even let him sub for him.
I want a tide of young conservative turks in that House - and in the Senate, too. I want them to have a family - with young children whose lives are ahead of them. Not behind them like all these entrenched GOP elitists who care more about their Senate Country Club or HoR perks.
I want them to still believe in God, and America. I want them to get elected and go up there and legislatively dismantle Obama and his ilk. Burn it to the ground if they have to.
-— Cruz anticipated that the American people would realize eventually: “Holy Cow! Those Republicans were right!” -—
This is the value in fighting a losing battle. You can lose a battle, but win the war.
Alternatively, 35 years of strategic retreat has cost us our country.
I think you're giving Obama too much credit. I saw Juan Williams on TV last night and no matter how much the other people were saying that everything the Tea Party members had been saying is coming true, he could not admit it. I've experienced it with my own family. You tell them if you add 11 million to the rolls costs are going to go up and they don't believe it. If you tell them if costs goes up, people will try to lower their costs by finding ways to get out of it like employers decreasing hours or poor people paying the penalty rather than taking out the insurance, they don't believe you. If you tell them this is going to hurt the middle class by canceling their insurance, doctors, etc, they still don't believe it or "it's a transition".
My conclusion-Rational people cannot understand the actions of irrational people.
Well, apologies to your sister, but Rush has said this since 2009 and explained exactly how this was designed to lead to single payer.
Quit listening to those idiots.
Another great thing Ted accomplished is that he destroyed what I believe was the main talking point Obama and his minions were going to use to justify Single-Payer when the inevitable crash-and-burn of the Affordable Health-Care Act took place:
“We tried it the Republican’s way, now we have to come up with a real solution!”
I’ve heard a few Democrat talking heads still try to suggest that the ACA was actually a Republican idea, but it’s difficult to make that nonsense stick post-shutdown.
It's because the Republicans tried to introduce legislation around 1994 that would relieve businesses from being responsible for their employee's health insurance. But they never suggested socialized medicine. This is when the HSA's came into existence. (health savings accounts). The Democrats are trying to spin the story that the Republicans and the Heritage Foundation pushed for the ACA. They are taking half-truths and spinning complete fiction from it.
Every day a new “talking point” from the Dems is rolled out. They are glaringly obvious. When I hear a weird new excuse or attempt to change the blame I know they are throwing out a new cover. Cruz got enough attention to inoculate the feeble attempts to blame Republicans. I am so proud of my Texan!
On the other hand, mainstream Republicans have been anemic. The very fact that Romney their chosen candidate makes me wonder if they really oppose the AFA. After all, Romney did the thing as gov. Should have been a major part of campaign but couldn’t attack because Romney would be hypocritical.
While Ted Cruz-Mike Lee engaged in their whole exercise.... They put on a brave face but figured they would fail to stop 0-Care. But they knew they would be laying down a marker. That Republicans have nothing to do with o-care and no Republican voted for it
When the 0-Crae website roll out is such an expensive disaster people figure 0-Care will be as bad. That awful website is the best advertising conservatives could have for why we don’t like 0-Care style socialized medicine. No one is signing up except for those who want gimme medicaid
Unfortunately the McConnell wing of the Party destroyed all that Cruz did.
Pray America will wake up
So she’s a left wing crony connected Harvard lawyer and zero though she was the perfect person to oversee the takeover of our health care system.
Cruz won—why? People remember his fight—tried to defund it—couldn’t make it, so he tried to delay it-—Now most people see that was really the right thing to do—Its a mess and needs to be re-done—re—constructed and reformed. It was not ready for prime time. Time to use Obamacare as an issue to vote out everyone with a “D” behind their names and about half the people with an “R”. If you called Cruz, Lee, Paul a Wacko Bird—you deserve to be voted out and impeached.
It’s a short drive to and from work for me, so I take what I can get. The alternative is even worse.
Wow, maybe she should get her a radio program because I know she does not listen to him.
She never mentioned anything about single payer though and I do not think I did either in my write up of what she said. Not sure where you have the correlation of single payer and what I said.
So you would throw out Ted Cruz and Mike Lee amongst others? Great strategery genius!
I see the same dynamic building, and with the same result.
If the Republicans don't ride to the rescue of their 'friends across the aisle', and the American people are actually allowed to feel the pain of Obamacare, we will see the true spirit of America awakened from the grave. If allowed to proceed as it's laid out, Obamacare will do so much damage to average Americans, that they'll be forced to snap out of their left-liberal fantasies.
As you said, we could very well see Socialism collapse in America, but only if the people are allowed to experience it in full measure.
There’s something else, on amnesty and other issues, every article I see now has the GOP-ers like McCain saying they’re going to have to wait until after the primaries to “move forward” on any of those issues. Cruz reaffirmed the Tea Party’s willingness to primary out RINOs. That’s resulting in stopping in its tracks a lot of bad legislation the GOP-e wants to collaborate with the Dems on.
The same talking heads who pushed Romney in the primary and bashed Gingrich are bashing Cruz now. Dennis Prager is another host that’s doing that. I think, like Krauthammer, a lot of the GOP-e talking heads are former Democrats who moved to the Republican side because of foreign policy. But they’re only marginally with conservatives on economics and social policy. Prager is really good at tearing apart the left on lots of issues though. He just seems to become utterly gutless when it comes to actually picking candidates to support.
The pain is going to be primarily felt by people who were already working and already more likely to vote Republican. The “free” health care is going to go to a lot of low info voters, immigrants and lower-middle-class people. Some of them can be turned from unregistered into permanent Democrat voters. Some of the middle class who might have backed the Republicans will switch to Democrat as soon as the checks start coming in. The Democrats knew what they’re doing with this overall plan, despite some of the incompetence of the implementation. The implementation will be fixed and forgotten and buried by the media soon enough. This law will not collapse on its own and will not create more “net” opponents to it than already existed in 2012. It’s a get-out-the-vote bill by the Democrats and will shore up presidential elections for them for the foreseeable future. Elections have consequences and putting the Democrats in charge of all branches of government like the public did in 2008 was guaranteed to cause severe long-term damage for the nation and is doing so.
No, the pain is going to be primarily felt by everyone who works for a living and pays for their own health insurance, either privately, or through their employer.
The pain is going to be the most bi-partisan effect you've ever seen, and it's going to make millions of registered Democrats stop and seriously ask themselves just why they've been voting for Democrats all this time.
Stories about sticker shocked Dems are popping up in the news all over the place. They're losing their health care coverage just like Republicans are, but unlike Pubbies, they feel betrayed by their leaders -- particularly Obama, who promised them over and over that they could keep their health care plan if they liked it.
Just wait until thousands of formerly covered liberals begin being denied life saving medical procedures and medicines, or go broke trying to pay the heightened costs of health coverage through Obamacare. The left is quite literally going to explode in rage.
And if you think all those yuppies in upscale urban enclaves around the country are going to be happy being thrust into low grade government health care, ala Medicaid, you've got another think coming. They're going to be enraged.
There will be a price to pay at the polls for this. Dems in Congress will be lucky if they don't wind up decorating lamp posts because of it.
The GOPe is knee-deep in it as well, they are just as beholden to the insurance companies as the Rats are.
While it might be tough to lose Jeff Sessions & Jim Inhofe, I think we'd be better off without McConnell, Collins, and Graham if the other side was losing Levin, Durbin, Harkin, and Rockefeller.
Even if Lee & Cruz had to be sacrificed, clearing out these entrenched little gods of Washington would be well worth it in the long run.
Terrific article which is spot on. Senator Cruz’s 21 hour Senate speech will be hailed as a turning point in American politics. It was a brilliant move, perfectly timed. It is now clear that Obamacare is a disaster that is harming millions of Americans. And it is only going to get worse. It will eventually collapse of its own weight. This is the natural consequence of a law so complex and poorly thought out.
Senator Cruz looks like Nostradamus.
We definitely need to get rid of Cornyn. Not only did he not support Senator Cruz, he actively whipped up votes against him. Cornyn needs to be sent home.