Oh my: McConnell, Cornyn won’t join Cruz and Lee in filibustering House’s CR to defund ObamaCare

posted at 6:01 pm on September 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s a testament to how confusing the Cruz/Lee tactics in the Senate have become that when I tweeted out the McConnell news a few minutes ago, someone tweeted back that they couldn’t tell if that news was good or bad.

If you’re with Cruz and Lee, the answer is: Bad. And surprising to me.

An aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the Kentucky senator will vote to allow an up-or-down vote in the Senate on the House bill to defund Obamacare.

“Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” the McConnell aide writes in an email. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill. If and when the Majority Leader goes down that path, Washington Democrats will have to decide—without hiding behind a procedural vote—whether or not to split with their leadership and join Republicans and their constituents in opposing the re-insertion of Obamacare funding into the House-passed bill.”

Everyone understand what’s going on here? It’d be easier to click the first link up top and read that rather than have me run through it here, but to put it simply, the only way the “defund” caucus can stop Reid from amending the House bill to strip out the provision that defunds ObamaCare is to filibuster the House bill when Reid brings it to the floor to open the debate. That’s counterintuitive because Cruz and Lee support the House bill and normally you only filibuster stuff from the other party that you hate. In this case, though, due to Senate rules, once the bill passes the initial cloture vote and comes to the floor, Democrats can remove the defunding stuff via a simple majority vote of 51 senators. There are 54 Democrats so that’s a relatively easy lift (although not so easy for red-state Dems like Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu who’ll have to swallow this crap sandwich by voting yes a year before they face reelection).

By filibustering the bill before it comes to the floor, though, a mere 41 Republicans can block Reid from amending the bill to take the defunding provisions out, which would paralyze the chamber and probably lead to a shutdown. What the plan is after that, I’m not sure; Reid’s not scared of a shutdown, since Democrats feel sure that Republicans will end up more damaged from it than they will. If anything, Pryor and Landrieu will probably be relieved that they’re spared an up-or-down vote on defunding by a successful filibuster. And even if the government does shut down, ObamaCare will still go into effect because the money’s already been appropriated as part of the original O-Care law. Bottom line, though: To have any chance of stopping a “clean” Democratic CR in the Senate, you need 41 Republicans willing to filibuster. And now, here’s the minority leader saying he won’t be part of that.

His chief deputy won’t be part of it either:

A well-connected Senate Republican source says John Cornyn, the second-ranking GOP lawmaker in the Senate, will not go along with a plan advocated by colleagues Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to filibuster a House-passed bill that would fund the federal government but defund Obamacare.

The source says Cornyn will support a bill that defunds Obamacare, but Cornyn will not go along with a plan to filibuster that same bill. “Cornyn will not vote with Cruz on this,” the source says. “It doesn’t make any sense. He [Cruz] has lost the messaging war on this. He has lost the strategy. We’re not going to go along with this.”

Cornyn opposes Obamacare. He supports defunding Obamacare. But he does not support the filibuster plan. Added the source: “Ted Cruz can go out there and explain how he’s going to block a bill that defunds Obamacare, but we’re not going to.”

The surprise, obviously, is that you’ve got two Republicans who are up for reelection next year whom tea partiers already disdain deciding to pull the plug on Ted Cruz’s procedural play on his very first move. Why they would do that when there are probably already six other Senate Republicans willing to cross the aisle and give Reid the 60 votes he needs to beat Cruz’s filibuster, I don’t know. All it does is increase the odds of them being primaried. Per the boldfaced line, though, they’re counting on voters to be deeply confused about exactly what’s going on here; when they’re called out for not voting with Ted, they can say with a straight face that all they did was vote for the House bill that defunds ObamaCare. They could also note, correctly, that by refusing to filibuster they made life more difficult for vulnerable Democrats like Pryor, Landrieu, Begich, and Hagan by forcing them to cast an up-or-down vote on stripping out the defunding provisions. That might be worth something to grassroots righties who are eager to reclaim the Senate.

And of course the extent of the backlash depends on some degree to whether Cruz decides to go after them hard for this publicly. My guess is he won’t. For one thing, he’s always said that it’s the House, not the Senate, that has the real leverage in forcing Democrats to deal on ObamaCare, and he’s right about that. Whether or not defunding succeeds depends upon how firm Boehner and his caucus are, not McConnell and his. Beyond that, Cruz really can’t lose at this point no matter what does or doesn’t happen in the Senate. He’s a tea-party hero for pushing an “if you will it, you can do it” approach to stopping O-Care; if McConnell and Cornyn thwart him, he can just cite that as evidence that less steely Republicans simply don’t have the will — and even better, he won’t have to risk political damage to himself by leading a shutdown-causing filibuster in the Senate. That’s McConnell’s real goal here, I think: He’s going to dump this back in Boehner’s lap by allowing Reid to pass his “clean” CR, and then when House conservatives demand that Boehner shut down the government, Boehner can say that the media will kill them over it by contrasting their approach with the more “reasonable, compromising” Republicans of the Senate like McConnell. Everyone wins (except House conservatives), to the extent that finding a way out of this now can be said to constitute “winning.”

Update: A commenter asked why I’m surprised that two establishmentarians like McConnell and Cornyn would vote this way. Because, quite simply, I expected them to pander to tea partiers by voting with Cruz, secure in the knowledge that other Republicans who don’t have to face reelection next year like Coburn, McCain, Collins, Kirk, etc, would vote with Reid to defeat the filibuster anyway. McConnell could have had his cake and eaten it too. Instead he’s anti-filibuster. Odd.


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At least Cruz has the b@lls to stand on principle and do SOMETHING. Other than roll over, give up and let Obama do whatever he pleases.

The GOP can die in a fire, slowly, as far as this Conservative is concerned. Try making gains in next year’s mid-terms with no base.

Good luck with that.

Meople on September 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Oh, yes, if only we collectively stomp our feet, hold our breaths until we turn blue, and then scream at the top of our lungs… that’ll show those lousy Dems how tough and mighty we are!

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

How Much Does Soros Pay You?

williamg on September 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Not worth arguing with you.

The GOP is done. I will be very happy voting against every (R) I see next year.

Meople on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

How Much Does Soros Pay You?

williamg on September 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

That’s the best you can do? Look, Cruz is pointing a pistol at our heads and is gleefully begging us to come help him pull the trigger. He is running for POTUS in 2016. Tell me, what is the end game here? What is the scenario which actually results in “defunding Obamacare”?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Not worth arguing with you.

The GOP is done. I will be very happy voting against every (R) I see next year.

Meople on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Great. Eight years of Hillary, then what?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

He’s got a lot of Cornyn his crap!

Sherman1864 on September 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

That’s the best you can do? Look, Cruz is pointing a pistol at our heads and is gleefully begging us to come help him pull the trigger. He is running for POTUS in 2016. Tell me, what is the end game here? What is the scenario which actually results in “defunding Obamacare”?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

You aren’t helping matters at all, Ashley Wilkes.

Myron Falwell on September 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Great. Eight years of Hillary, then what?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Regardless of what happens with ObamaCare, the GOP has already made that a certainty. If they do Obamnesty also, which some of these same Repubes want. They will lose next year, and they will lose big.

The only chance the party has is a hard tack toward Conservative, small government principles. Stop alienating and driving away Libertarians and Tea Party supporters, and start embracing them.

This is their only chance. If they fail to lock up what little base is left, along with the vast majority of Libertarians and Tea Party, they have no shot. And the GOP will be dead.

After 8 years of Hillary, ObamaCare for 10+ years of failure, Obamnesty, nothing will matter at that point. America will be in ruins, if it even exists at all.

Meople on September 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Meople on September 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

On the positive side, when the ruin of America are conquered by the Chinese or by Islamofacists, at least we will all get to die quickly and relatively painlessly.

Myron Falwell on September 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

That’s the best you can do? Look, Cruz is pointing a pistol at our heads and is gleefully begging us to come help him pull the trigger. He is running for POTUS in 2016. Tell me, what is the end game here? What is the scenario which actually results in “defunding Obamacare”?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Educating the fools what obama’care’ is all about and who is for the shutdown: obama and Reid/Pelosi.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Who says Ted Cruz is going to filibuster. He didn’t mention it to Mark Levin. Cruz said the 46 Senate Republicans must remain united. When Reid strips out Obamacare from the CR and sends it back to the House. The Republicans create a new smaller CR, funding say Defense, and send it back to Reid. Each time it makes Red State democrats have to vote against defunding ObamaCare or funding the Govt. It’s death by a thousand cuts, so to speak. The only requirement is Republican Unity.

nofreelunch on September 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Why they would do that when there are probably already six other Senate Republicans willing to cross the aisle and give Reid the 60 votes he needs to beat Cruz’s filibuster, I don’t know.

So they don’t have to? That is, to spare them an unpopular vote?

Or, more likely, because they really would prefer Ted Cruz to flop so they can get rid of him.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Educating the fools what obama’care’ is all about and who is for the shutdown: obama and Reid/Pelosi.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

But McConnell, McCant, Grahmanesty, Corbum, BOR and Kant-Win-Karl Rove will never understand that point, no matter how hard we try to drive it into their think skulls full of oooey-gooey mush.

Myron Falwell on September 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

This is what’s wrong with the GOP. They have been in DC too long & buddy-buddy together, which is why we really have one party not two. With the exception of the young Turks who haven’t been tainted yet

RdLake on September 24, 2013 at 1:36 AM

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Axe on September 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

The traitors of the land. Expose them all, and out, out, out.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Holy SHIT I’m so f*cking pissed at Republicans right now, I can’t see straight.

Midas on September 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM

You are speaking for millions. The RINOs have no idea what they’ve just done to themselves. And Cruz made it possible.

Cruz (whether consciously or not, I’m not sure) laid a trap. They think they’ve outsmarted him by refusing to go along with the filibuster but in fact they’ve outed themselves. They’re all in a froth accusing him of not playing team ball, but they’re the ones who’ve revealed their self-serving and fearful disunity.

Nothing going forward will be the same. “Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, RINOs, it tolls for thee.”

rrpjr on September 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Here’s a little lesson in salesmanship.

The people you are going to need to help you in your project, the ones in your own organiztion, it doesn’t matter if you like them or think they are idiots. There are support people, clerical people, technical people, all sorts of people who can make your job easier if they help you and harder if they don’t. They don’t have to love you or hang out with you after work. They don’t have to be your friends.

Just don’t pi*s ‘em off so they have no reason at all to help you.

You know, keeping them in the dark, talking trash about them publicly, taking out ads attacking them, stuff like that there. Don’t do it.

You remember Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment? “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” It’s not because it gives Democrats talking points or ammunition or promotes party unity. It’s because some day you may need those jerks to vote with you, and there is a much better chance they will if they do not hate your farking guts.

Adjoran on September 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

He’s going to dump this back in Boehner’s lap by allowing Reid to pass his “clean” CR, and then when House conservatives demand that Boehner shut down the government

I’m a bit confused by this process. I thought generally after the house and senate passed different bills, they sent things to a conference committee to combine the two into something which then went to both chambers for an up or down vote. Is this happening differently because it’s an appropriations bill?

What I’m trying to understand is what the house republicans’ options are once this thing gets back to the house. Can they just amend it again and remove the Obamacare part, and send it back to the senate? More importantly, would that be part of the “standard procedure,” whatever that means?

Surely, if the house doesn’t like things the senate puts in an appropriations bill, there is a regular process for taking those things out, right? (Though I guess if there isn’t, that would explain a lot about how we got to where we are…)

It seems like if at all possible, we should NOT be proposing “defunding” or “shutting things down” explicitly. The house should be submitting bills that fund everything else, again and again after the senate rejects them, and should simply remove every bit of Obamacare funding that the senate adds, each time. They should be publicly and loudly begging the Senate and Obama to listen to reason and not hold everything else hostage to Obamacare.

The point being that public opinion is mixed enough that most of the people on the fence are probably more concerned that neither side does anything extreme or scary sounding just in order to get its way on something like this.

It seems like Cruz’s strategy here doesn’t really fit into that plan, though.

But I’m a bit confused about how all this stuff works, so maybe I’m missing something. Can anyone still awake here explain?

RINO in Name Only on September 24, 2013 at 1:58 AM

You remember Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment? “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” It’s not because it gives Democrats talking points or ammunition or promotes party unity. It’s because some day you may need those jerks to vote with you, and there is a much better chance they will if they do not hate your farking guts.

Adjoran on September 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

In other words, don’t expect an establishment Republican to stand on principle. If you don’t schmooze, you lose.

(Has anyone told Rove about the 11th Commandment?)

de rigueur on September 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

I’m not a defeatist by any measure, but there is a certain amount of inevitability here.

The fact is that the majority of Republicans in the Senate and House are unwilling or unable to stand on principle because of ulterior motives. Some of them no doubt want Obamacare because they believe it could be controlled with future Republican Presidents, or maybe they think it will destroy the Democrats. However, my guess is many of them are interested in continuing the march towards big government because every time they are in a position to ACTUALLY do something, they fold like a lawn chair.

Boehner has no intention of shutting down the government because he wants to stay in power. This is why we’ve been suckered with every CR, every debt ceiling hike, and every budget battle. The Democrats play chicken and the Republicans blink EVERY time.

Here is what will happen: The bill goes to the Senate, gets amended and sent back to the house. Boehner then only needs a handful of Republican representatives to vote with the democrats to get it passed while the rest of the Republicans can say they voted to defund Obamacare. Meanwhile, the ACA goes into effect and our healthcare system is never the same.

We need to clean house and vote every single incumbent out of office in 2014. Anything less will only result in freshman being tainted by the establishment and the process continuing.

Flashwing on September 24, 2013 at 4:22 AM

We need to clean house and vote every single incumbent out of office in 2014. Anything less will only result in freshman being tainted by the establishment and the process continuing.

Flashwing on September 24, 2013 at 4:22 AM

Starting with Cornyn and McConnell.

txmomof6 on September 24, 2013 at 4:28 AM

Well at least I can vote against Cornyn in the primary and withhold a vote if he survives that – Boehner I can’t do much about.

I wrote off the GOP when they failed to use the House vote to fix the budget a couple years ago. The GOP establishment loves big government as much as the Democrats.

Over50 on September 24, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Sent my email to Cornyn. I’m not sure yet whether the primary challenger he has is a serious contender but fairly certain the filing deadline is still a couple of months away. This may be what gets him one.

bertielou on September 24, 2013 at 4:55 AM

ok KY and TX voters, vote these idiots out in 2014

cmsinaz on September 24, 2013 at 6:57 AM

But McConnell, McCant, Grahmanesty, Corbum, BOR and Kant-Win-Karl Rove will never understand that point, no matter how hard we try to drive it into their think skulls full of oooey-gooey mush.

Myron Falwell on September 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I think they all know well what they are doing. Greedy rat bastards. Barry happened on their watch. It mattered not to them. All that mattered was, “How does this affect me? What is the best strategy to deal with this for me?”
To them, their constituents are just a special interest group, of little interest. They held the back door wide open for the barbarians. They are very much part of the problem.
They really should be aware of what they’ve done, and are still doing. B’s gonna fundamentally change this country. It will be by it’s destruction, the free people with it. He knows its vital he wins, because if he fails those that were persecuted and survived will bring justice back to this country.
And these usual suspects will be held accountable in a court, once again of law not men, and they may face the ultimate sentence for their crimes of coercion.
Call your congressman. Speak calmly. Caution him of his ultimate accountability. Better idea?

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Cruz is aiming at two things here:

(1) To draw this thing out as long as possible by forcing multiple votes on CRs for each government agency which would hurt Dems in the Senate. This has nothing to do with stopping ObamaCare because that will be almost impossible as of now. This is about showing the base that the GOP can fight for them. The conservative grass roots needs this for morale and to give them hope that the GOP is still their political party. By always surrendering without a fight at all it gives the impression that the GOP don’t care about the base and that in turn kills turn out in 2014. Heck it may even lead to a new political party. Cruz, Lee and others are trying to save the GOP and the GOP is too stupid to understand that.

(2) Cruz is of course doing this to raise his standing as the leader of the conservative base. This is a win for him on that score no matter what happens. If the GOP elite think this is going to hurt Cruz like some seem to think they don’t understand how the base views them right now.

This is already a win for Cruz, now will the GOP try to win as well, or will they run away again without a fight at all.

William Eaton on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

This is already a win for Cruz, now will the GOP try to win as well, or will they run away again without a fight at all.

William Eaton on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

McConnell and Cornyn are leading the full funding of Obamacare in the Senate. Maybe for the best. We see them as the traders to America that they are.
This could be the beginning of the final battle of good and evil for the GOP. I say now. Kill it now. Let the status quo GOP die like the slave master it has always been.
McConnell looked to be, regrettably, the best bet for Kentucky, and yet he’s the lowest piece of sh!t that ever walked on the bluegrass.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM

As a native Kentuckian I can say McConnell is not on very good footing here in the Bluegrass state. He talks the talk but fails to walk the walk. I for one plan to vote for his opponet in the primary. I’ve had it with the establishment GOP.

Enough is enough!

generouse on September 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

This is the end result of “safe” primaries. If every 6 years it was battle, then they would be all voting against Obamacare.

Now, the GOP is joke. It’s a complete joke.

Oil Can on September 24, 2013 at 8:05 AM

This is the end of the GOP … if the establishment GOP doesn’t throw in with the Tea Party this time – the Tea Party walks … and I couldn’t be happier!

It’s time to bury the Republican party – we won’t lose anything – the establishment can’t survive on it’s own – all the voters will come to the new party because the GOP stands for nothing. No one’s going to vote for a GOP that is made up of North Eastern Repubelicans.

GO TEA PARTY!!

HondaV65 on September 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Oh, yes, if only we collectively stomp our feet, hold our breaths until we turn blue, and then scream at the top of our lungs… that’ll show those lousy Dems how tough and mighty we are!

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

That’s not what Cruz is doing. If he were able to filibuster, he effectively prevents Read from adding funding back to Obamacare in the House bill with a simple majority vote.

smoothsailing on September 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

McConnell is a traitor to the GOP but more importantly to Conservatives and the American people.

During the last big battle over the debt ceiling, instead of joining with Boehner in getting a deal done he went solo to come up with his own plan that did nothing but SPLIT THE PARTY, handing Obama a clear cut victory.

The same thing is happening NOW. McConnell is splitting the party, reportedly ‘whipping’ other GOP in the Senate to vote against Cruz’s attempt to defund Obama. His reasoning is because the GOP ‘potentially’ does not have the votes to do so. He does not understand that there are Democrats right now telling McConnell that he needs to STOP Cruz from forcing THEM to go on the record about their opinion on Obamacare ‘because you don’t have the votes to win this’. They are afraid that McConnell will actually GROW A PAIR and FORCE THEM TO GO ON THE RECORD BY VOTING ON OBAMACARE.

Obamacare is UN-Constitutional, it was based on lies, it is destroying businesses, jobs, the economy, & hurting – not helping – Americans. A reportedly 60% of all Americans wants this law to ‘die’ – which means McConnell & the GOP have the backing of the majority of the American people to do this. He is a gutless coward, though, and as long as he thinks any bold move that is in the best interest of the nation / American people but might cost him his job he tucks his tail between his legs and folds – like Boehner usually does – to concede whatever Obama wants. He has proven there is NOTHING in the best interest of this nation he finds worth fighting for…except his OWN JOB! That makes him a self-serving TRAITOR!

McConnell needs to decide WHOSE TEAM he is on – his own, the GOPs’, Obama’s, or the American People’s team, then put on his ‘big boy pants’, and carry out his oath of office! He has shown his hand, however – he won’t do it. It is time to cut the weak, feeble, and diseased from the herd…and he is at the top of the list. Americans need men and women of courage and conviction … not ‘traitors’ like McConnell who are too weak and cowardly to even TRY…to take a stand.

Boehner bought a 2nd chance by supporting the idea of passing a bill that funds every aspect of the government except for Obamacare, forcing the Democrats to show they are willing to shut down the government over such a horrible, Anti-U.S. law. McConnell is showing he is more than just a Rhino…he is a J@ck@$$ wearing a hat that has ‘GOP’ on it.

easyt65 on September 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM

As a native Kentuckian I can say McConnell is not on very good footing here in the Bluegrass state. He talks the talk but fails to walk the walk. I for one plan to vote for his opponet in the primary. I’ve had it with the establishment GOP.

Enough is enough!

generouse on September 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

As a fellow Kentucky native, I have never been more ashamed than at this moment when my senator is leading the defense of the most indefensible legislation to ever enter a free society.
Let it be known he has just stuck the fork in the Vichy GOP. Publish the names of the collaborators. They are traitors to this country.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

OK: Now it’s reported that John Cornyn is ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST Ted Cruz. It is time for John Cornyn’s phone system to be melted to the ground:
DC 202-224-2934 fax 202-228-2856
Dallas 972-239-1310 fax 972-239-2110
Houston 713-572-3337 fax 713-572-3777
San Antonio 210-224-7485
Tyler 903-593-0902
Austin 512-469-6034

michaelo on September 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Depressing but not surprising. Who do we think sent Wallace @ FOX the opposition research on Cruz.
I do not live in Kentucky, but come primary time I will be sure to send a few dollars to whoever primaries McConnell.

D.L.Mc on September 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Burnt toast next year unless he changes course.

Amazingoly on September 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

My take.

kingsjester on September 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

We will all soon be treated just like the father at the school board meeting. If you haven’t signed up for Ocare, paid the increased taxes necessary to fund the destruction of our country, stopped using fossil fuels, never had an abortion to control our population, didn’t vote the right way in the last election, or kept a gun hidden under the mattress, they will send an armed goon squad to arrest you. This is how socialists have always governed ruled.

Kissmygrits on September 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Something I never thought I would say: If Repub establishment does not change radically, I will be supportive of a Third Party. Too much DC corruption. McConnell is a digrace.

Sarah Palin 2016

georgealbert on September 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I didn’t have time yesterday to watch Cruz on the Floor and Reid’s response to him. Just finished watching it. Awesome clarity and defense of his quest on behalf of the American people. I can see why he prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court when fighting for Justice.

Full Video here:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/09/ted-cruz-speech-on-floor-of-senate-today/

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

This comment says it all:

Only God can save America now. Godspeed, Senator Cruz.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This is how socialists have always governed ruled.

Kissmygrits on September 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Your color and party affiliation will determine your access to health care. If not, well it will a first for this administration. Controlling all healthcare access is the ultimate way to control the masses. The only thing quicker is a the old soviet style famine.
No. They haven’t disarmed us. Yet.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

How come so much silence from HA on Lois Learner?

TerryW on September 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The real Turtleman, McConnell, should not count on voters being confused by his tactics. That might work for Dem voters, but it’s not going to work for the tea party group-they’re way too well-informed. They know darn well what he’s doing and he will be punished with a primary. Hope they vote him out. He’s awful.

sheesh on September 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I just got off the phone with our Senator and told him we were leaving the party if the gop doesn’t defund ObamaCare and stop pushing Amnesty.

I don’t think I was the first person that had called this morning.

Melt the phones!!!

PappyD61 on September 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

McConnell and Cornyn are the epitome of the old, tired, elitist, failed Republican party. A-holes

ultracon on September 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Melt the phones!!!

PappyD61 on September 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Good for you!! Yesterday I had a terrible time calling..

However,follwing Sarah’s advice I am calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard 202-224-3121 and asking for each Senator’s office.

I get right thru, talk to the staff and it’s so much easier and faster than dealing with the Senator’s direct numbers!!

For all HA commenters, I would encourage you to use this method, you will love it!!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I did something Allah failed to do. I called Cornyn’s office and asked where Cornyn stood on this story, defunding Obamacare and the tactics of his fellow senator. They totally deny the story and don’t have a clue who the staffer is that is supposed to be the source. Cornyn is fully supportive of any tactic that defunds Obamacare and is backing Ted Cruz.

Reject unsourced news.

DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

He’s got a lot of Cornyn his crap!

Sherman1864 on September 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

funny

Deafdog on September 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Thank you; I’m calling his office myself as well.

Midas on September 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Something I never thought I would say: If Repub establishment does not change radically, I will be supportive of a Third Party. Too much DC corruption. McConnell is a digrace.

Sarah Palin 2016

georgealbert on September 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I haven’t seen that. Do you have a link that Sarah said that?

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

This being the final nail in the GOP’s coffin, R.I.P.

I will be voting a straight Democrat ticket. I can’t see postponing the inevitable. Let.It.Burn.

Mr. Arrogant on September 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Just an update on Cornyn’s office via the Capitol Switchboard.
No staff answers, just VM on option 1, 2 or 3.

On McConnell’s office, hi volume so just a recorded message. No option to leave a message, referred to his website.

Guess they don’t want to hear from the American People, surprise!!

Hope they both get a surprise in 2014 by being defeated!!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Cornyn is fully supportive of any tactic that defunds Obamacare and is backing Ted Cruz.

Reject unsourced news.

DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

They LAL (Lie a Lot), LOL

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

How come so much silence from HA on Lois Learner?

TerryW on September 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

What he said.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Some good news:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has offered election integrity group True The Vote its tax-exempt status in what appears to be a bid to keep the group from proceeding with discovery on its lawsuit against the agency, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/Exclusive-IRS-offers-True-The-Vote-tax-exempt-status-in-bid-to-keep-lawsuit-from-proceeding

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politic

In KY, a family of 4 had their insurance premium increased from
$333/month to $965/month for a basic, high deductible plan. Hope you
all like eating dog food so you can pay your health insurance under
ObozoCare.

Great job McConnell and the rest of you Repubes. Good luck in the mid-terms! I’ll be voting against every single (R) on the ballot.

Meople on September 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Only God can save America now.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I agree.

rrpjr on September 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

McConnell is a wimp.

MTinMN on September 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

In KY, a family of 4 had their insurance premium increased from
$333/month to $965/month for a basic, high deductible plan. Hope you
all like eating dog food so you can pay your health insurance under
ObozoCare.Meople on September 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

These are the kind of stories that need included in any emails to Congress members!

If these Senators & Reps would talk to the American people instead of each other and the MSM, they would already know these disasters!

I think Cruz has, since he’s added info like this in his last speech. Not a particular case, but in general.

In my case, I may have to see about a vacant lot to pitch a tent!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Only God can save America now.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I agree.

rrpjr on September 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’m thinking of the end result of the book of Esther. God never changes, he’s always against the wicked. His ways of dealing with wickedness may change, but not His mind.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I’m confused on how the Senate passing a “clean” CR kicks this back to the House.

The House passed a CR, the Senate passes a different version of this CR. Would it not go to conference committee instead of being sent back to the House?

Bitter Clinger on September 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The Capitol Switchboard # is not ringing or when it does, there is a greeting message and then goes dead.

Anyone else having that problem?

Thanks.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Bitter Clinger on September 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

It may but only after it goes back to the House. Then the House would have to decide what they are going to do. One of the better explanations I’ve found is here:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/Senate-fight-Reid

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Cornyn is fully supportive of any tactic that defunds Obamacare and is backing Ted Cruz.
Reject unsourced news.
DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Okay, here’s a source that claims that’s a lie.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/Exclusive-McConnell-Cornyn-whipping-votes-against-Ted-Cruz

rrpjr on September 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

It may but only after it goes back to the House. Then the House would have to decide what they are going to do. One of the better explanations I’ve found is here:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/Senate-fight-Reid

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Good read. Although it didn’t explain my specific question, it’s clear that the GOP has the leverage if they would only use it and improve their messaging on it.

Bitter Clinger on September 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

In KY, a family of 4 had their insurance premium increased from $333/month to $965/month for a basic, high deductible plan. Hope you all like eating dog food so you can pay your health insurance under ObozoCare.

Meople on September 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

These are the kind of stories that need included in any emails to Congress members!

If these Senators & Reps would talk to the American people instead of each other and the MSM, they would already know these disasters!

I think Cruz has, since he’s added info like this in his last speech. Not a particular case, but in general.

In my case, I may have to see about a vacant lot to pitch a tent!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Sorry folks, only sob stories from democratics will get play on the liberal media. That’s just the way it works.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

’m thinking of the end result of the book of Esther. God never changes, he’s always against the wicked. His ways of dealing with wickedness may change, but not His mind.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Proverbs-Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established. The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil. Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.…

Genesis- Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

So I guess we got that goin’ for us ;)
Wife keeps bringing these up and insists I pray for B :/
Can’t comment on that at the present :/

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Good read. Although it didn’t explain my specific question, it’s clear that the GOP has the leverage if they would only use it and improve their messaging on it.

Bitter Clinger on September 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I know. It gets confusing since the Senate rules and House rules are different.

Maybe someone else will come along here to answer your question better. It would help all of us!!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Sorry folks, only sob stories from democratics will get play on the liberal media. That’s just the way it works.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Hey! Don’t try to confuse us with facts:-)

Capitol Switchboard says they are having so many calls, but have no answer for the dead air when we call. LOL, that sort of describes some airbags everywhere.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

That’s the best you can do? Look, Cruz is pointing a pistol at our heads and is gleefully begging us to come help him pull the trigger. He is running for POTUS in 2016. Tell me, what is the end game here? What is the scenario which actually results in “defunding Obamacare”?

wbcoleman on September 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

coleman you are idiot. Your type of foolishness is why the surrender caucus keeps throwing the country away. Cruz has no pistol to anyone’s head, and if you sincerely think so you need to crawl back in bed and pull the covers back over your head and hope the world goes away. All you are is a quisling enabler.

If you think the GOP is going to put a serious candidate up against Hillary you haven’t been watching. The GOP wing of the Liberal Establishment will simply run another Mittens. When that happens and the conservatives stay home then you can whine and belly ache and conservatives will laugh at you because you’re too stupid to know you must fight at every step now, or the whole thing goes down.

Quartermaster on September 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

So I guess we got that goin’ for us ;)
Wife keeps bringing these up and insists I pray for B :/
Can’t comment on that at the present :/

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Good choice of Scriptures and I’ll have to agree with your wife:-) After all we are told to pray for our enemies. Maybe in addition to calling Congress members, we should do that also. “With God all things are possible…” Also 1st Timothy 2:1-3 is applicable too.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Okay, lunch over, back to the battle stations(phones):-)

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

All lines were busy, except the DC number for leaving messages. Jennifer’s (his assistant) line went dead when I clicked on her line to talk to her.
I’ll try faxing next…….to all the numbers.

We’ll run this SOB out of office.

avagreen on September 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

avagreen on September 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I’m assuming you are speaking of Jennifer Wright, Cornyn’s aide/staff.

I tried most all of his numbers and the Dallas office was the only one I could leave a message on. 972-239-1310. One of the HA commenters posted a list.

There are so many that need defeated. It’s very clear that for the most part they are anti-American.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Okay, here’s a source that claims that’s a lie.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/Exclusive-McConnell-Cornyn-whipping-votes-against-Ted-Cruz

rrpjr on September 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

no names I notice

I’m assuming you are speaking of Jennifer Wright, Cornyn’s aide/staff.

I tried most all of his numbers and the Dallas office was the only one I could leave a message on. 972-239-1310. One of the HA commenters posted a list.

I got through at his Houston office in two tries, 713-572-3337 and spoke at length with the staffer. Did not get a name.

DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

“With God all things are possible…” Also 1st Timothy 2:1-3 is applicable too.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Copy that. The left calls it quantum mechanics. They’re so 80′s.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Yes, I tried that number and it was busy when I was calling before….using the list you mentioned.

I just now called the Dallas number again….still busy.

avagreen on September 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

DanMan on September 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

It seems that all lines are very busy, but open up at various times. I was having great success using the Capitol Hill Switchboard # and now since around 11AM EST it won’t ring at times, dead air etc. Seems like all # sources are hit & miss.

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I just now called the Dallas number again….still busy.

avagreen on September 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

See my message to DanMan. The only other thing I would suggest is if you are from Texas, to try email. Some of the Congress members were restricting email to only their State. But I’ve noticed several have a choice now with a down arrow to accept other States.

On that Dallas number if you get thru, you’ll hear 2 recorded V.M. message before hearing the 3rd that you can leave a message on.

I’ve only contacted 15 R Senators and 4 D’s so far due to the calling issues! Hope they don’t vote before I’m done:-)

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Copy that. The left calls it quantum mechanics. They’re so 80′s.

onomo on September 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I’ll have to look that up:-) Something to do between busy signals!

bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM

McConnell, Cornyn won’t join Cruz and Lee

Add these two names to the “Spineless RINOS who don’t deserve to hold ANY office” list.

landlines on September 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

The only other thing I would suggest is if you are from Texas, to try email.
bluefox on September 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I just finished sending my email to Senator Coryn. It is not as effective as a call, but at least it’s an option.

jazzuscounty on September 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

coleman you are idiot. Your type of foolishness is why the surrender caucus keeps throwing the country away. Cruz has no pistol to anyone’s head, and if you sincerely think so you need to crawl back in bed and pull the covers back over your head and hope the world goes away. All you are is a quisling enabler.

If you think the GOP is going to put a serious candidate up against Hillary you haven’t been watching. The GOP wing of the Liberal Establishment will simply run another Mittens. When that happens and the conservatives stay home then you can whine and belly ache and conservatives will laugh at you because you’re too stupid to know you must fight at every step now, or the whole thing goes down.

Quartermaster on September 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, I’m an idiot. So is Tom Sowell, who’s making the same argument that I am. Empty gestures aren’t going to stop Obamacare and they shouldn’t be the basis of our strategy.

I’m angry at Republicans, too. I’m angry at the Republican voters who nominated bozos to run for the Senate seats in Nevada, Delaware, Colorado, Missouri, and Indiana, denying us seats which we should have easily won. If not for Republican lunacy, Mitch McConnel would be Majority Leader and everything would be different.

wbcoleman on September 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Add these two names to the “Spineless RINOS who don’t deserve to hold ANY office” list.

landlines on September 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

And as for “spineless RINOS,” they have at least one big advantage over Democrats. It’s the “R”. You know, the thing which controls their votes to organize the Senate.

wbcoleman on September 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

If not for Republican lunacy, Mitch McConnel would be Majority Leader and everything would be different.

wbcoleman on September 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

??McConnell is as bad as Boehner. ??

And, has been ….longer than Boehner has been Speaker in the House (the Speaker acts as leader of the House ).

Am I reading you correctly?

avagreen on September 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

The problem is Cruz, the ‘youngster’, ruffled the feathers and bruised the egos of the old, tired, fat do-nothing Establishment GOP by opposing them & showing them up by actually doing something, standing both on conviction & integrity.

I say to McConnell & all of them, “$crew you & your egos as you have shown your egos & own careers are more important to you than why you are there & the people who put you there!”

easyt65 on September 25, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Cornyn appeared on Vanity & explained the ‘Establishment’s side:

1) They are petrified of the Progressives blaming them for a government shut down, and they can’t muster the courage to point out that the House has funded every part of the government except Obamacare…which means it would be Obama & Liberals willing to shut down the government over this destructive & Un-Constitutional law. They are petrified because they fear their jobs, which they hold more important than what is best for the nation, is at stake.

2) He, McCain, and other ‘Establishment’s GOP are betting America’s future / survival on the HOPE that the GOP will retain control of the House AND win control of the Senate, which, according to him, will finally guarantee the GOP can pass legislation refunding or repealing Obamacare.

When asked about how their plans apart because in 2015 Obama will still be President & will repeal that legislation, Cronyn simply replied, “We can’t help that.” So, with an opportunity to stand their ground and dosomething now, Cronyn says the ‘Establishment’s prefers to do nothing, allow Obamacare to be funded & implemented, HOPE they win the Senate & hold the House, & then pass legislation to repeal Obamacare, which is guaranteed to fail when Obama vetos it. BRILIANT!

McCain, Cronyn, & others are frightened old men worried they will lose their jobs . That’s all. Rather than stand together and fight, these gutlessness cowards would rather attack fellow GOP members who are courageous enough to stand up and fight for what is right!

easyt65 on September 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

They are petrified because they fear their jobs, which they hold more important than what is best for the nation, is at stake.easyt65 on September 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Exactly!! And that is the bottom line. It’s all about them. And because of that they construct this fantasy about winning the Senate and holding the House. So blinded by their arrogance & false hope they cannot see they are insuring their own defeat.

Having said that, I’ll add this. Any Senator that has been there for too many years may have some dirt that they don’t want brought out. Perhaps that dirt would cause them to certainly lose their seats. Just another reason they go along with this bill and others.
People don’t go to the darkside overnight, it’s little by little.

As Senator Ayotte, a Tea Party Candidate and endorsed by Palin.
Now she is a Dem!! Really? I think perhaps she was a Dem all along.

bluefox on September 25, 2013 at 9:57 PM

It is amazing how Cronyn himself ‘walked’ the ‘Establishment’s plan through from start to finish…how they HOPE to win the Senate so they can pass Obamacare Repeal legislation…and came to their own conclussion that they will FAIL – this plan will FAIL – because Obama will veto it. Cronyn admitted that Cruz’s option is the best hope and has a chance of success IF THE ENTIRE GOP STAND TOGETHER RIGHT NOW. Cruz’s plan, however, threatens their jobs, so they would rather accept Obamacare, living on their knees in order to keep their jobs, rather than FIGHT ON THEIR FEET ding what is best for the nation. It is just mind-numbing!

Thanks for exposing this truth. It will make the next election when the ’3 Horsement of the Establishment’ – McCain, McConnell, Cronyn – come up for re-election a lot easier.

easyt65 on September 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Cornyn is setting himself up to be Dewhursted. He wants to lead from behind, waiting for the American voters to accomplish a renewed wave of 1994/2010 conservative sweeps, then he will come charging in with the “conservative” cavalry to conquer the kook left radicals now in power. Too late, sir. The restoration of America is back in swing now, and you have missed the boat. Too many honorable people standing idle, playing by the rules, when the rabid left never does. That’s why we have shifted “mainstream” America 45 degrees to the left over the last 50 years.

tech_sass on September 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

McConnell is not a leader. Does not look like one. Does not speak like one. Does not behave like one. He needs to go.

virgo on September 27, 2013 at 12:38 AM

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