Skip to comments.Sowell: Cruz Control? Part II - GOP leaders ignore his appeal at GOP's own peril
Posted on 02/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PST by jazusamo
Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues.
At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other.
The Republican establishments criticisms of Senator Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and taking back the White House in 2016. And, without political power, there is no real hope of changing things in Washington.
Senator Cruzs filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government and his threatened filibuster this year forced several Republican Senators to jeopardize their own reelection prospects by voting to impose cloture, to prevent Cruz from repeating his self-serving grandstand play of last year. The Republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate plus additional votes by defeating some Democrats who are running for the Senate this fall. It can be a very close call. Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican Senators is an act of utter irresponsibility, a high risk with zero benefits to anyone except Ted Cruz and the Democrats.
However unjustified Senator Cruzs actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters, with so much enthusiasm, ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters.
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The only ones who “blame” Cruz for the shutdown are the liberal media.
As far as I am concerned they could keep it shut down permanently!
LOL. A little better than yesterday’s, but he’s still worried about Senator Cruz.
At least today he placed the blame on the very weak Boehner and the unprincipled GOP-e.
I am glad, I guess, that he decided to “clarify”
OK, who are you and what have you done with Thomas Sowell?
Now we have no principles? Is this the latest meme from the left? I don’t think they’ll get away with that one.
Whoever you are, you’d better stop trying.
True that. With his follow up he at least put blame where it belongs. :)
It is true that in this 2nd article, Sowell takes the establishment GOP to task a little bit. But it is also true that he again labels Cruz as self serving.
Apparently, Sowell has it in for Cruz. Part I warned of Obama's Hitler trajectory, but that provided the backdrop for an attack on Cruz.
Sowell must think that the GOP-E will not take the nation in a big government direction. If so, he is wrong. They might as well be liberals, and many of them already are.
True my FRiend, he still labels Ted Cruz as self serving and I personally think he’s wrong in that.
Instead of attacking those Republicans, who do not have the guts or sense to understand that some of their financial backers are off on an irrational or cowardly tangent, we should focus on those who mislead the weak-spirited among us.
This avoids the one valid point that Dr. Sowell comes back to.
Put another way: Could we be any worse off if the $300,000,000, the less than principled Karl Rove raised in 2012, had simply remained in the donors' pockets? Any worse off?
Todays Drudgereport headline
ITs been shutdown since October and only Drudge is reporting it.
So Mr. Sowell get off it, Cruz is the only one doing the people’s work.
Did Cruz kill Sowell’s cats?
What is Your problem Thom?
Sowell must have read all the comments and posts about his first part yesterday and decided to try and backtrack a bit.
I think he’s wrong about Senator Cruz.
I think Ted Cruz is made from the same stuff as our Founders and that they are very proud of him.
Not in all cases. Some are so willing to give a reach across to the Democrats that it might be better to let the Dems have the seat for six years and then get it back. I'm looking at your McCain and Graham. Fortunately in Graham's case I think we'll still keep the seat if he can be knocked out in the primary or runoff.
He’s got to work on that ‘unjustified’ claim
Out of nowhere
Not to mention that Cruz is a master of justifiable causes Its in his DNA
Saw a van yesterday brand new, clean, all over the windows was written things of this nature such as republicans beware
And this: ‘Cruz is not going away’