Skip to comments.In 'Crazy" Cruz versus McClique, I'm with Cruz
Posted on 09/26/2013 4:22:14 AM PDT by Kaslin
While many people will attack GOP leaders in the Senate for not understanding what Sen. Ted Cruz is doing, dont count me as one of them. You see GOP leadership has been handicapped for quite some time now.
Mark Twain, who witnessed the impeachment debacle of Andrew Johnson in the House of Representatives in 1868, pegged it: [I] was reporter in a legislature two sessions and the same in Congress one session, Twain wrote, and thus learned to know personally three sample bodies of the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
You must understand that its very difficult for politicians to recognize another politician, as in the case of Sen. Cruz, who is actually doing the things he campaigned on, like getting rid of Obamacare.
Cruz, in this case, is an oddball to his Senate colleagues.
Keeping promises is a novel concept that many politicians have difficulty accepting at face value.
This is increasingly true in the GOP, where the solution for Obamacare is Romneycare, for Common Core is No Child Left Behind, for War in Syria is a bigger, better, badder war in Iraq; and where the solution for TARP, and bailouts is, um TARP and bailouts?
When another politician keeps promises, other politicians think: Whats he up to? imagining that its a ploy to run for president or vice president or governor. Or, perhaps, they think, he just doesnt know any better.
They fall back on the liberal trick of pretending someone is just too stupid to know any better.
Yes, they have all said they want to get rid of Obamacare, at least if theyre Republican.
They campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare, they fundraised on it, went to barbecues and got applause for condemning Obamacare.
But that doesnt mean they actually want to DO something about getting rid of Obamacare.
Now I can understand why the average human being might think that they should DO something about it, especially if these politicians campaigned about DOING something about it.
But these Republicans didnt go to the trouble of stump speeches and barbecues and town halls and meet-and-greets and press conferences and get-out-the-vote to go to Congress to get things done.
They went to Congress so that they could get to go back to Congress, again and again, and again.
And in that process of going to Congress again and again and again, politicians from both parties often become so acclimated by the exigencies of campaigning that I sometimes wonder if theres actually a human inside the mechanism anymore-- if their soul doesnt eventually shrink away or just hide in a corner, like in the further recesses of the appendix.
Years of constant battle with the press, with the opposition, and with their too-young staffers to avoid saying anything that might result in a gotcha moment has to eventually affect the thinking of even the most narcissistic people.
And right on cue, politicians are the most narcissistic people.
They have to be.
Otherwise they would not be able to live with themselves.
As a class politicians dont keep promises.
Even more, they know they dont keep promises. Theyre OK with that.
After all: Dont you know how important these people are?
Promises are for little people; only little people keep promises.
And only a real narcissist can live with logic like that. The higher you go on the politics totem, the tighter the logic gets.
Sen. John McCains head is so big, for example, that he thinks his head keeps the Capitol dome from falling in on itself.
For the folks in DC -- especially in the GOP-- the whole idea of keeping promises and getting things done is too radical, too revolutionary.
And thats why this may be the last hurrah for the old GOP.
Increasingly, I suspect that most Republican politicians, as least the ones in Congress, want Obamacare implemented. You dont fundraise as effectively when you defeat Obamacare.
You fundraise effectively on the latest Obamacare outrage.
So Sens. Mitch McConnell and John McCain and the rest of the McClique up in DC have arranged a compromise.
Obamacare stays intact, the spending goes on unabated and the fundraising for 2014 will continue for the GOP.
The GOP leaders call this peace.
But peace was never a choice.
You were given the choice between war and dishonor, Winston Churchill chided GOP wannabe Neville Chamberlain on the eve of the world war; a war that was largely crafted on a series of compromises by Chamberlain ala McClique.
You chose dishonor, and you will have war, thundered Churchill.
Sadly, here too, war it will be, eventually.
Cruz vs a bag of mayonnaise.
Huh? is that you Rove? McCain?
You win for the most ignorant post of the year on FR.
The GOPe needs to be destroyed....
Cruz stands for Liberty. You and your pals in the GOP worship at the Alter of State Power.
When you care more about what the other side thinks, it's probably time to switch sides or step down. There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not
It’s not about a party or winning. It’s about leadership and representation. To assume otherwise is to believe Americans cannot think for themselves and are not responsible for their own destinies. We can and we are.
Maybe I am. If Cruz is one then I'm one too. You can continue to hitch your wagon to McCain and Graham. See what it gets you.
Standing on principle is more appealing than grovelling for approval.
It’s called “representation”. It’s the basis of our form of government.
This debacle has destroyed my faith in the GOP once and for all. As Rush said yesterday — could there be a better opportunity for a political party than this? Polls show upwards of 60-65% of people oppose this disaster, across all party lines. Whole campaigns were run and won based on the promise to stop it. But instead of seizing the momentum, a sure WIN, what does the GOP do? Sides with who is supposed to be the enemy; betrays everything they’re supposed to stand for. They have shown without a doubt what their true intentions and motivations are, and it has NOTHING to do with conservatism. They can all go to hell and take their empty rhetoric with them.
Thanks for posting the link. Excellent column by Michael Walsh
You are correct of course
If we need another party we all need one that we all can unite to, otherwise forget it.
You really are full of yourself. The GOP-E all-but destroyed the party. It was Tea Party conservatives like we have on FR that restored it in 2010. And then the GOP-E threw away the White House in 2012 by pushing the squish Romney on the party.
We aren't the destroyers. And we certainly aren't establishment apologists like you.
It's the GOPe that is pushing that reality, but you side with them. You apparently believe that the message of limited government cannot sell, but that is because you do not understand leadership. Leadership moves the electorate, not the other way around. It is not ignoring the electorate (as your fabulous RINOs do), it is convincing the body politic of the wisdom of the proposals. Cruz understands that, McClintock understands that, you don't.
I use Tom McClintock as an example because he is a true conservative who was elected, repeatedly, in a Democrat majority district in California. Get it? Huh? It takes intellect, principle, and self control, but it's possible, conservatives really can win. Now, get off your whining ass and make it happen; that is what self-government is truly about.
There is a breed of GOP party stalwart that thinks the GOP leadership can do no wrong. They pop up now and then on FR when the leadership needs defending.
You are truly ignorant. You seem to view everything as a political game.
Do you not realize your RINO pals in Congress have been happily moving us towards an all powerful State?
Do you not realize that we are in a the battle of Liberty vs Tyranny?
Do you not realize that is we had a Super majority of the likes of McCain, that government would still accelerate it's control over us?
I suggest you get your head out of RINOs behind and view reality.
What he is doing is painting a bright line so that the voting public knows whose fault the coming debacle will be, because thereafter, there will be two proposals: freedom and total socialism. Else when the Slave Party trots out its plan for single payer, there will be no alternative in the minds of the body politic.
In the mean time, get on the phone and play the game. Those phone call numbers get whispered all through Washington, and they are feared.
l McClique McAinal McQueeg is totally irrelevant with conservative republicans. He is only important to the gay rats, who control our media. These dregs of humanity, spend their smi sober hours in Gay hot tubs, writing bs about their hero while trying to make Ted Cruz look bad. In spite of their trash posing as journalism, we now have the totally irrelevant McAinal McQueeg and a stronger Ted Cruz.
Cruzs intention is to destroy the party so that Democrats control both houses and the White House forever with a tiny but ideologically pure Republican party in opposition.
Because the GOPe tactic of giving in to the demands of the “Progressives” on every issue is working so damned well.
A party that actually represents Conservative Values will win elections.
Yo, Mitch, if you can’t grow a spine could you at least grow a chin?
A third party will never win
How about a valid second party? Right now it seems we have two wings of the same party.
You seem to think Free Republic is a republican party website. It isn’t. It is a conservative website. CINOs like you are the problem.
Yep, that is why I say F them all.
Your handle is appropriate. You babble on for Babylon.
Yes, they are. Again, as you said, F them. When I was a little more naive, I used to wonder why they did not stand up for what they believe in. Now, I am convinced they never believed it in the first place. It is all about, give them their food and drink, and they are fine.
OK, you are a party hack who cares more about that progressive squish Lamar keeping his swanky job than having actual Conservatives in office. Instead of attacking Carr, let see you defend Lamar Alexander.
A pox on you and your ilk.
It's about supporting Conservatism. I guess you still haven't noticed that most Republicans, in spite of their campaign rhetoric, aren't Conservatives. They side with the Democrats ideologically more often than not, while telling us that "next time" they'll put up a fight. I've been hearing the same song from the Gutless Obsolete Pretenders for decades, but I've watched and remember what they do. Their words and deeds are not even in the same world.
Really? Have you and he discussed this?
That’s so true!