On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz reached the climax of his recent journey to attempt to stop the Obamacare train wreck before fully demolishing our already struggling economy. He’s filibustering the move to bring the Defunding Obamacare bill to a cloture vote. At this moment, Republicans just don’t have the votes to pass the bill, so Cruz must stop the bill from coming to the floor to ensure its continued survival. It’s an odd move for a supporter of defunding Obamacare, but it’s the only way he can keep the issue at the forefront of the news cycle. If he was not to filibuster the bill, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid could simply bring the bill to a vote and shut the door on the defunding movement altogether.
Something else that Senator Cruz’s move does is draw a line between the moderate Republicans and the conservatives in the Party.
Over the last couple of days we have heard an aide to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) tell GQ that McCain, “… f*cking hates Cruz… He’s just offended by his style.” McCain also enlightened us to why he would be voting against Cruz and Senators Lee, Paul and Rubio. “In the United States Senate, we will not repeal, or defund, Obamacare. We will not. And to think we can is not rational… I will again state unequivocally that this is not something that we can succeed in, and that’s defunding Obamacare, because we don’t have 67 Republican votes in the Senate, which would be required to override a presidential veto.” While likely correct that Republicans didn’t have the votes to stop Obamacare, they do have the ability to work against the damaging healthcare law.
McCain isn’t the only one who has turned against Cruz. Senators McConnell, Cornyn, Collins, Kirk and others have voiced their opposition to the defund movement as well.
In their eyes, a battle that will likely be lost is not worth fighting. Which flies in the face of what recently retired Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina recently said, “We need to keep bringing people back to the fact that this is devastating to American – maybe the most devastating thing in a generation as far as what it does to, not our healthcare system, but our economy, our culture how we think about ourselves as Americans. At the Heritage Foundation we look at the policy. We research what it’s going to do to the people of this country. And when they say, ‘okay, you might lose,’ we say, ‘since when do Americans not fight for what’s right because they’re afraid they might lose?” (Emphasis mine)
Exactly. Since when do we not fight for what is right, simply because it looks tough?
Over the weekend, Fox News’ Chris Wallace reported something amazing. “Chris Wallace told Karl Rove that a number of Republicans in Congress had sent him opposition research on Ted Cruz once Fox announced Cruz would be on.” The Republican Party has turned on itself, and the establishment is attempting to consume or destroy conservative of principle like Cruz, Paul, Lee, Amash, Massie and others. This is not a recent development, of course, but no fight has been as important as the effort to defund Obamacare.
The battle lines being drawn between Republicans on the Obamacare issues is the most important split in the party we’ve ever seen. Just reread the pessimism in Senator McCain’s quote about not repealing or defunding Obamacare. The moderates of the party have given up hope on the issue, because they just don’t care. How hard would it be for every Republican Senator to vote to defund Obamacare? Not hard at all. But the moderates don’t want to “waste” their political capital on the issue, because it’s just not that important to them. They’d rather keep that capital and use it later for their own pet issues.
What we are witnessing here is the division of two political parties – one that listens to the voices of conservatives, and one that listens only to political expediency.
Erick Erickson over at RedState has written a brilliant piece about this battle. I urge you to read the whole thing, here. I’d like to take just an excerpt of the piece to show a bit more of this divide.
“Senate Republicans have routinely leaked the proceedings of those meetings to the New York Times and Washington Post in ways designed to harm Cruz, Lee, and others who side with them… Absent the American people lending a loud, clear voice for Cruz and Lee, the Republicans will cave. They will not stand with Cruz and Lee unless dragged kicking and screaming against their will… In fact, Senate Republican Leaders have built up so much irrational hatred of Cruz, they want him to fail just so they can say they beat him — damn the Obamacare implications. Their pride comes before the nation… Like a light switch flipping on, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are casting light on the scurrying of Republican roaches in and out of the Capitol. Republican congressmen and Senators are now openly attacking Cruz and Lee… Republican base voters have, for quite a while, distrusted their leaders. Now, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, they know why and they know who, on the inside, they should be listening too.”
Did you wonder how in the world we lost the 2012 election? I did. Until I woke up to what was happening in Congress. We can’t beat the Democratic Party on the most important issues of the day, because we fight with one arm tied behind our back. That tied up arm is the moderate wing of the Republican Party. How can we win, when our own people sabotage the fight?
Folks, men like Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) are exactly the kind of people we’ve been begging for as Republican voters. Will we sit idly by and watch them be attacked and marginalized by our own party? We must stand with them and demand that our representatives to Congress give them their support or we will withhold our votes from them! Stand with Cruz. Do it now, because it won’t matter later.
Mark Levin has some strong words for these “moderate Republicans.”
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