Skip to comments.Ted Cruz is Leading
Posted on 07/17/2014 3:52:21 AM PDT by iowamark
It seems all the Senate Republicans are willing to turn a blind eye to the scandal and corruption obviously at play in the Mississippi Senate race to protect their buddy Thad Cochran who, apparently, can no longer find his way to the clubby Senate lunches hes been attending since Jimmy Carter was president.
In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of drinking the Koolaid, Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, we now know Senate Republicans funded those attacks.
One senator, however, has broken the silence and is speaking out. Yes, one. Only one. Senator Ted Cruz, who, ironically, holds an official position with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the group at the center of these nasty allegations. Cruz has described the Mississippi fiasco as appalling and called for a vigorous investigation of possible criminal conduct in an interview with Mark Levin.
All of us want to grow the party. But what the DC machine did was not try to grow the party, but instead the ads they ran were racially charged false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue and expand the welfare state, Cruz went on. And nobody is suggesting that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election. Instead they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was. And thats unprincipled and its wrong.
Yet, in light of this principled call to ensure voting integrity, the Establishment remains undeterred, if not emboldened. The day after Senator Cruz gave this interview, the NRSC hosted a reception to thank those who, according to the invitation, generously supported and promoted Senator Cochrans campaign during the Primary.
So, I must ask: Why is Ted Cruz the only one with the courage to hold our own party accountable for what are glaring, terrible misdeeds? And why are other allegedly bold conservatives comfortable with their own silence and complicity?
One would think that Senator Cruz would be joined by members such as Rand Paul, who, like Cruz, defeated a heavily-funded, NRSC-backed candidate in his own primary races.
Senator Paul has distanced himself from the Republican voters seeking justice in this situation, commenting that, Im for more people voting, not less people voting, and adding for good measure I think the people of Mississippi spoke and I think Thad Cochran has done a lot of good things for Mississippi.
Similarly, Senator Marco Rubio told the Wall Street Journal: I think Thad Cochran found whatever tactics he could use to win his election and people could have an opinion about that, but at this point we should move forward and make sure we retain that seat. In another comment to The Hill, Rubio declared that its important to rally now around the winner, adding in the midst of Senator Cruzs call for an investigation that its time to move forward.
These viewpoints suggest a fissure that runs much deeper than a primary in Mississippi.
And the base is taking note.
Rand Paul is going out of his way to empower the Establishment, throwing his star power weight behind some of its worst offenders. In perhaps the most public example, Rand Paul took the floor alongside Mitch McConnell in the minutes following Senator Ted Cruzs 21-hour filibuster to deliver a colloquy designed to belittle the entire heroic effort.
He followed with an op-ed declaring the effort as misguided as Obamacare itself. His alliance with McConnell continued throughout that primary fight, with Rand Paul delivering his utmost support and enthusiasm for the defeat of a promising Tea Party candidate in his home state of Kentucky. More befuddling, Paul traveled to Maine to declare that he wholeheartedly endorse[s] Senator Collins for re-election the same Susan Collins who maintains an impeccable record of Establishment bidding in Washington.
Now, Pauls commitment to defending the status quo continues, as he lends active support to the re-election of Senator Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee. Just months ago, all three of these Paul endorsees gave the American people a stiff arm by voting in favor of a clean debt ceiling increase. These are frontline battles in the fight to Make DC Listen, yet, Paul unabashedly lends each his support to those who stand consistently on the other side of the line.
Ted Cruz, on the other hand, has chosen to stand alone, again and again, against the Establishment. From helping lead the charge to filibuster what the Establishment said was inevitable gun control, to standing toe-to-toe with the Administration in a fight to defund Obamacare, to challenging his own party bosses by demanding a 60-vote threshold to increase the debt ceiling without any spending reforms, Cruz takes bullets from his own party for daring to challenge the system.
Today, in fact, Ted Cruz intends to force his Republican colleagues to put up or shut on on the border issue. Theyre refusing to end President Obamas Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is a chief instigator of the present crisis. Instead, many of Cruzs Republican colleagues, including his fellow Texas senator, John Cornyn, want to give the President more power and use your money to pay for lawyers for the illegals.
If the lengths to which the Establishment will go to preserve its own power were ever in doubt, what we saw in Mississippi serves as more than sufficient validation. What happened in that state was open warfare fueled by more than one hundred thousand dollars from Republican senators for the sole purpose of protecting a septuagenarian appropriator whose legacy is marked by a train of pork from Washington to Mississippi.
The Republican party will not change itself. No one not Rand, not Marco, not Ted is going to change the party with a magical speech delivered eloquently on the Senate floor. We will not win the argument in Washington.
Longtime incumbents, such as Cochran, who are oblivious to the realities of our modern problems, need to be ripped out of their seats and replaced with fresh, bold leaders who are undeterred by the bully tactics of the countrys most infamous Good Ol Boys Club. We must remake the party one hard-fought seat at a time, focusing intently on the principles we believe can turn this country around, rather than the men who feel entitled to maintain those seats.
Thank goodness for organizations such as SCF, the Madison Project, and Heritage Action.
Ted Cruz has proven his commitment to stand with the people and reject the rules of the Washington Establishment. Too often, in both overt actions and abject disregard, some of his colleagues we expect better from have chosen the institutions and establishment that have created the very mess we are in.
At this critical time in our nations history, I am confident in the allegiance I have chosen. Are you?
Ted Cruz-best vote I have ever cast in my life.
Rand Paul-one vote I will never cast in my life.
Rand Paul, just another example of apple/tree, he can ESAD.
For all the randpaul crazies, sameo-sameo.
The reason why you only hear Ted Cruz on the MS election, illegal immigration - any of the multiple scandals surrounding Obama is that the other potential contenders (Christie, Paul, Rubio, Romney - whatever wanna be third/fourth runner-up) do not want to upset the GOP (the ‘e’ isn’t needed any more) and lose all the behind-the-scenes election support and corruption.
This means IOWA, and it means New Hampshire. We’ve seen at least one sign of it in IOWA already; meddling in NH is yet to be seen.
Regardless of what happens in the two states, if I do not see a “Ted Cruz” on the ballot here in Georgia, then I’ll just not vote at all. I’ll sit it out as I should have done in 2012 when I pulled the lever for that coward Romney. No More. The GOP is dead to me.
Ronald Reagan: Best vote I ever cast in my life.
Ted Cruz: Second best vote I ever cast in my life.
Well done Mr. Ericson, well done. A highly refreshing read to start the day here at FR.
you are right
“do not want to upset the GOP (the e isnt needed any more)”
The GOP won’t see another cent of my money unless there are sweeping and meaningful changes. I don’t expect them.
Certain Tea Party interests and PACs will get it instead. If Ted Cruz runs for President I’ll support him directly. At this point he looks to be the only decent candidate - in many respects.
Hard not to become discouraged. You have to ask yourself, “Why would a person of integrity ever want to run for political office today?” given the corruption and pressure of a system that can very easily destroy you or compromise you beyond all recognition. There are still good people at the state level but at the Federal level something very sinister seems to happen to most all of them - and it definitely seem evil.
I like the sound of that.
Cruz takes bullets from his own party for daring to challenge the system.
This sentence says VOLUMES about where our politics are today.
Cruz will get my vote in 2016 — even if I have to write him in. I will not vote for another liberal — Republican or Democrat.
where are all the Freep Paul bots who have insisted for years that the Pauls were honest, earnest fighters for liberty and limited government???????? Some of us always said the bots were full of sh-t - now that it’s obvious, we can’t seem to find any of them
They’re probably all spamming some online poll - a poll that will indicate that Rand will win the 2016 General Election 4 to 1.
or, as I call it, I am on “Cruz Control”
One by one new senators have been co-opted, if they weren’t on their way already. Ron Johnson, Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.
Only Ted Cruz and Mike Lee stand with us. And the Establishment has systematically prevented any others from getting nominations in their states.
McDaniel is fighting and may prevail and the Kansas and Tennessee primaries are next month.
Looking at the polling results, Paul is at the top and Cruz is at the bottom.
Screw Paul and McConnell. McCain lackeys.
Thanks for the posting
After only a cursory read of this Erickson piece I agree with Eric’s conclusions. Cruz is the only guy calling like it is. Rand Paul has wandered way off the conservative reservation and has gotten mired in a libertarian swamp.
I'd definitely put Jeff Sessions up there. He's been in the Senate for years, and has kept his principles.
If a few more principled US Senators are elected, I hold out hope that a few others already there might join their ranks.
Why does Cruz do it? (gosh, I hope I'm correct here) Ted Cruz is a man who was brought up with values and principles that transcend the arrogance and greed that takes over most of the DC crowd. Cruz got to the US Senate without making compromises, by campaigning according to truly held beliefs. Most of the rest have been elevated to power from the political zoo....they have no real scruples or values.