Skip to comments.Cruz Does Boehner No Favors (Boo-hoo)
Posted on 02/11/2014 3:10:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors and some of Boehners allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.
Cruz in recent weeks has undermined Boehners approach on both immigration and the debt limit the two biggest issues the Ohio Republican has been trying to navigate through his conference.
As Boehner unveiled his leadership teams immigration principles at the House GOPs retreat two weeks ago, Cruz and his staff simultaneously torched the push for an immigration overhaul this year on Twitter and in interviews, immediately playing the amnesty card.
Anyone pushing that right now should go ahead and put a Harry Reid for majority leader bumper sticker on the back of their car, Cruz told reporters early last week. Its a line hes used with some frequency in recent days, and the implicit target is Boehner, with whom Cruz has frequently sparred indirectly, if not directly, on the partys strategy.
A few days later, amid fierce pushback in his conference, Boehner was downplaying the idea that the House would act this year on leaderships immigration principles, which would offer a pathway to legalization for illegal immigrants. (Boehner blamed a lack of trust in President Barack Obama to carry out the law.)
Cruz has also pushed repeatedly for another round of debt limit brinkmanship, even as the speaker looks to defuse the potential for another shutdown showdown ahead of the elections.
After speaking at a Heritage Action for America policy conference Monday, Cruz said the debt limit should not be raised without controlling spending.
Well have to wait and see the details, Cruz said of the Houses plans. But if you ask anybody outside of Washington, D.C., should we raise the debt ceiling yet again, while doing nothing to address the out-of-control spending in Washington, the virtually unanimous answer from Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians from everybody out of Washington, D.C. is of course not.
. . . Our national debt has gone from $10 trillion to over $17 trillion in five short years and yet President Obama is asking Congress to give him a blank check; to allow him to keep maxing out the credit card without doing anything to fix the problem. I think thats irresponsible. I hope the House doesnt go down that road.
Cruz made similar comments a week ago, prompting several Boehner allies to dismiss his criticism of and advice for House leadership.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said its ironic Cruz is giving advice to House Republicans now, given his ill-fated push to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Listening to him about leadership is folly, Simpson said.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Cruz should play a more constructive role rather than taking on other Republicans.
In terms of the debt limit, we have to be realistic that we dont want to default on our debt, Kinzinger said. We also dont have the Senate.
Maybe Ted Cruz should spend a little time trying to win the Senate instead of attacking his fellow Republicans, he said. I thought that Ted Cruz was past [that], but maybe he isnt.
Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., said Cruz has an easier job serving in the minority. But the majority comes with it the responsibility to govern and thats what we are trying to do in the House, he said.
Boehner has generally declined to attack Cruz directly talking recently with late night host Jay Leno about the Texas firebrand.
Ted Cruz used to be my attorney a long time ago. A good guy. I dont always agree with him, but hes a good guy, Boehner told Leno, while describing the shutdown as a predictable disaster.
Cruz, who told Bloomberg recently that he doesnt really know Boehner, suggests immigration should be taken up in 2015, when Republicans could control the Senate.
He also believes that passage of an immigration overhaul would demoralize Republican voters.
Many Republicans have called for passing an immigration bill in order to appeal to the fast-growing Latino population. Supporters also argue that it makes sense for Republicans to take up the issue, given that there are millions of American-born children of illegal immigrants who will grow up to be voters.
But Cruz said he finds that establishment Republican argument condescending.
The self-proclaimed D.C. gray beards who say, Its all about winning, baby as they are so fond of saying, [as if to say] You grass-roots ruffians dont understand our sophistication, Cruz said. And sadly its with every bit of that dripping condescension that the D.C. establishment looks down at the American people.
Dan Holler, communications director for Heritage Action, one of the outside groups that Boehner railed against for provoking the shutdown, said conservatives see Cruz and like-minded Republicans as champions of their cause willing to shake up the Republican orthodoxy of years past.
The problem is not just Reid is blocking them, they have their own Republican leadership blocking them and thats a real problem, Holler said.
Holler said conservatives are looking for House Republicans to seek some kind of concession on the debt ceiling, hopefully along the lines of the dollar-for-dollar cuts achieved in 2011. But they dont have high hopes.
They have done everything in their power to downplay it and basically give away every bit of leverage that they ever had on it by telegraphing ... that there is absolutely no way we are going to win. ... Well have a fake fight and then well cave. Thats not the way youre going to win elections.
He said conservatives feel like they have had somewhat of a victory on their fight against an immigration overhaul given reservations voiced by Boehner about the prospects this year.
We are somewhat cautious, Holler said, adding that the fact that Republicans put out principles was alarming.
Until they are willing to rebuke their own principles ... I dont think anyone in the conservative movement is going to rest easy, Holler said.
“Boehners allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.”
Cruz should mind his own business at least until he comes up with a winning strategy. Refusing to raise the debt limit isn’t one.
I watched Cruz’ interview with Bob Sheiffer just last week.
It was going as well as can be expected, but then sheiffer said, “you made a big mistake shutting down the government”, same talking points as Jay Leno’s.
No, “you were right about this Obamacare deal, you’re really taking care of the citizens, at least in Texas”. No, “I don’t like you, and you and you know why”.
Senator Cruz said, “I didn’t shut down the government. We have to take care of the money in government, the president shut down the government, choosing to not take no, you can’t have more of our childrens’ money, for an answer”.
Sheiffer shut him down so fast it was brutal, with, “that’s what Speaker of the House Boehner claims. He say’s you made a mistake”.
If Cruz says, “game on”, anyone blaming him is a coward. Someone has to preserve this country for our children.
Boehner sure isn’t. He’ll end up sorry, or we will. One or the other.
It’s called leadership, something that is completely foreign to Boehner and his cronies.
Do you need a napkin?
I think you have a little Boehner on your chin there.
boehner is the second greatest threat to our republic!
A GOP-E Boehner fan, I see.
Cruz should mind his own business at least until he comes up with a winning strategy. Refusing to raise the debt limit isnt one.
Sen Cruz doesn’t believe we can continue down the path we are on...of not reigning in spending. In other words, we cannot keep writing 0 a blank check. Passing the same bill a Speaker Pelosi would’ve pass is not what Repubs should be doing.
What is the “Winning Strategy”, in your opinion?
BTW, Sen Cruz IS minding his own business. The business his constituents sent him to DC to mind.
Cutting spending seems to be a pretty solid strategy to me.
A half dozen more Ted Cruzes and maybe we’d have a chance.
Me, too. Sen Cruz wants to see meaningful spending reforms. I do too.
Serious regulatory and tax cuts would go a long way toward getting this country back on track.
Seems to me this is his business.
We are broke and still Obama gives other countries billions like we have so much money laying around we do not know what to do with it...