Wallace: Top Republicans sending me oppo research on Cruz

posted at 8:41 am on September 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Wallace offered viewers a real Washington whodunit yesterday on Fox News Sunday. Wallace told viewers that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has so angered some of his fellow Republicans with his strategy and public statements on defunding ObamaCare that “top Republicans” rushed to offer him “unsolicited research and questions” for his interview with Cruz that morning.  Panelist Karl Rove argued that Cruz’ colleagues see him as grandstanding rather than attempting to build a real united front, which has infuriated Cruz’ colleagues in the Senate as well as the House:

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

“This was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues,” said Karl Rove. “With all due respect to my junior Senator from Texas, I suspect this is the first time that the end game was described to any Republican Senator. They had to tune in to listen to you to find out what Ted’s next step was in the strategy.”

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’” Rove said. “Instead they have dictated to their colleagues through the media, and through public statements, and not consulted them about this strategy at all.”

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it. Why would he burn his sources on something this nonsensical? We could take a poll of Republican officeholders on Capitol Hill to try to solve this whodunit, which we could call 279 Little GOPians, but it might take a long time to get to the point where there are none.

Mitch McConnell’s team says make that 278:

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign, told Breitbart News on Sunday that “of course not,” neither McConnell, nor anyone on his Senate staff or campaign staff, shopped any opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to any members of the media, including Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

“Senator Cruz is a friend and valued member of the Republican caucus,” Benton added in an email.

Perhaps McConnell might be best advised to call a team huddle at this point and get everyone settled down, if not pointed in the right direction.


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I love that Mitch McConnell is ascared. It wasn’t me! It wasn’t me!

Naturally Curly on September 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Panelist Karl Rove argued that Cruz’ colleagues see him as grandstanding rather than attempting to build a real united front…

Because party unity is Rove’s speciality. /s

Fenris on September 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM

But at the meeting, he met someone who had pulled off that exact feat: Utah senator-elect Mike Lee. Like Cruz, Lee had been a creature of the conservative legal movement, having clerked for Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court. Like Cruz, he had left Washington to become a government lawyer back home. And like Cruz, he had never before run for office. But he rode the Tea Party wave of 2010 into the Senate, ousting an incumbent Republican by running to his right. After the Federalist Society meeting, Lee and Cruz took a long walk around the Capitol. “We talked about every conceivable political and constitutional issue,” Lee recalls. “I concluded we were kindred spirits.”

Interesting article about Ted Cruz in GQ. Ted Cruz: The Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas

Naturally Curly on September 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM

You only catch FLAK when you’re over the target – Go Cruz!

Galt2009 on September 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Sickening

mankai on September 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Panelist Karl Rove argued that Cruz’ colleagues see him as grandstanding rather than attempting to build a real united front…

This is why the GOP will continue to lose. Cruz is actually doing what the base and most of AMericans want- to get rid of O’care, but Rove and his ilk see political bravery and listening to their constituents as “grandstanding.”

The GOP is dead and will remain dead while it is still run by Rove et. al.

melle1228 on September 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Now I really want Cruz on the ticket. What makes the rinos piss their pants is good for me.

See that is the problem with the republican party, they see massive support for a guy who is not going along with them, and instead of trying to go a bit to the right, they tear the guy down. Get the hint Republicans, AMERICANS want guys like Cruz… not people like you. Plus why vote for a left leaning republican who sides with the liberals all the time when you can have the real thing?

watertown on September 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

And I will not be sending a penny to the national GOP until the people responsible are identified and either fired or retire from office. And I encourage all others dedicated to stopping Obamacare to make he same pledge. This takes political courage that the establishment GOP has refused to show and their only solution is backstabbing those that show the courage?

michaelo on September 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Weiner, Spitzer, and Filner: Dems stood behind them until it was absolutely no longer possible.

Repubics? Will throw their own under the bus at the first opportunity if their bennies, privileges, or stature is impacted.

Dems; The Evil Party

Repubics: The Stupid Party, who loathes its own base

If only the Repubics fully comprehended how LOATHED they are by most of the country.

Resist We Much on September 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

The GOP is dead and will remain dead while it is still run by Rove et. al.

melle1228 on September 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

You don’t have to qualify that. What do you think it would take to get the bluebloods to relinquish their power?

And Wallace? Yeah, if his grilling of Cruz is a reflection of the oppo research he received, they ain’t got shit on him. I doubt Cruz’s effectiveness as a politician, but his heart’s most definitely in the right place.

gryphon202 on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Yet another reason why the GOP is their own worst enemy. Not only do they p-ss all over their base on a regular basis in order to cave to the Dems, but they form a circular firing squad on their own members(particularly ones who are popular with the grassroots) when they step out of line.

Doughboy on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Amazing. After two losing national campaigns, and only the Tea Party (which they’ve fought at every turn) successful during that period, you wonder why Rove et al won’t let go of the reins.

MTF on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Of course Cruz is rankling other Republicans. He’s going around them when caucus member are expected to do things like move slowly and according to seniority or establishment needs or wan–

Yeah, I think I like Cruz’s way better.

mintycrys on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

What terrifies the Republicans is that Ted Cruz said “A vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare”. Cruz made it publically, and loudly clear that if you vote for cloture, than you are a proponent of Obamacare.

Rode Werk on September 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Another look at term limits?

I say this because it seems like the Republicans who are going after Cruz are only the carrier politicians.

watertown on September 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Cruz is Palin with a Harvard law degree.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’” Rove said. “Instead they have dictated to their colleagues through the media, and through public statements, and not consulted them about this strategy at all.”

Bullcrap. What would be the point of going to the media if Cruz thought he could get support from GOP leadership? Kind of self-defeating, isn’t it? They knew Cruz’s position and opposed it long before he went public.

RadClown on September 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Yet another reason why the GOP is their own worst enemy. Not only do they p-ss all over their base on a regular basis in order to cave to the Dems, but they form a circular firing squad on their own members(particularly ones who are popular with the grassroots) when they step out of line.

Doughboy on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Cruz is Palin with a Harvard law degree.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I’m actually in favor of outlawing lawyers from running for elected federal office, though I’m aware it would take a constitutional amendment to make it so.

And for all the Palin haters out there, THIS is what a circular firing squad really looks like.

gryphon202 on September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

i’d put King from NY at the top of my short list. here’s a great post from andy mccarthy

chasdal on September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Yet another reason why the GOP is their own worst enemy. Not only do they p-ss all over their base on a regular basis in order to cave to the Dems, but they form a circular firing squad on their own members(particularly ones who are popular with the grassroots) when they step out of line.

Doughboy on September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

This sums it up well. The establishment rulers of the GOP act much the same towards the base as libs do. They know what’s best for us, whether we like it or not, rather than actually listening to what we want.

chewmeister on September 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Grover Norquist says that whoever is doing it is probably not who you’d expect. By that measure, McCain and his people are off the hook even though they have a long track record of sowing disunity when they are not getting their way.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

i’d put King from NY at the top of my short list. here’s a great post from andy mccarthy

chasdal on September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Me too. Along with McShame and Nancy Grahamnesty.

chewmeister on September 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I’m actually in favor of outlawing lawyers from running for elected federal office ….

gryphon202 on September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

So, then, you’re opposed to people like Cruz and Lee? I think we need more like them, not fewer.

Syzygy on September 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

So Cruz is evil and to be take down covertly because he didn’t share his plan with the rest of the GOP?

Maybe Mr. Hit-man Rove (Who is not elected by anyone)if the elites that control the GOP didn’t try to crush and control this bright light of conservatives sent to the senate (over their best efforts to stop him and the people that elected him)they might have been able to co-operate on a plan, but since those arrogant elites that are now undercutting him really don’t wish to defund Obamacare in the first place, that all become whiney childishness.

Don L on September 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I’m actually in favor of outlawing lawyers from running for elected federal office,

gryphon202 on September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I think the real ban shouldn’t be an lawyers but from individuals who choose to be educated at certain American universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, and Univ. of Wisconsin. The purpose of education is to broaden one’s viewpoint not indoctrinate skulls full of mush into radial liberal ideology. The above named schools are proven hot spots for the creation of politicians that hate America.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Rove:

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’”

Christine O’Donnell and sharon Angle were not available for comment

veni vidi vici on September 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

GOP leadership: Wussies!

Ward Cleaver on September 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

F. U. Rove and all of your Republican elitist colleagues. You are Mensheviks to the Democrats’ Bolsheviks.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

And I will not be sending a penny to the national GOP until the people responsible are identified and either fired or retire from office. And I encourage all others dedicated to stopping Obamacare to make he same pledge. This takes political courage that the establishment GOP has refused to show and their only solution is backstabbing those that show the courage?

michaelo on September 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

It could be funny to send them a penny with a note. Penny for your thoughts, WHO from the GOP is offering a reporter, Chris Wallace, “unsolicited research and questions” to attack a sitting GOP Senator doing the will of his constituents and the nation? Quash them, get your house in order or this is the last penny you’ll ever get from me.

Fallon on September 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

United Front???

To surrender?

Rove had his moment in the sun…now he is the enemy.

As are most of the current crop of GOP “experts” and members of Congress.

Disgusting that the GOP cabal is trying once again to destroy one of their own.

They did it to Palin.

They’ll do it to any who try to operate in the best interests of the nation.

It all started when they demanded that we compromise…you know…give a little…reach across the aisle…be little mavericks.

Ended up with most of them compromising their principles, our Rights, and the Constitution…in order to get along with the enemy.

Makes them all Quislings.

The enemy? Enemy?

That is what Obama called us bitter clingers, remember?

Simple logic dictates that they, then, are our enemy, too.

Our Nation is like that old Swedish Navy Man-O-War, the Vasa

Cruz is one of a very very few who are out there struggling, trying in the face of impossible odds to right this ship we call the United States.

The rest of the GOP is rushing over to the progressive/liberal side trying to see the squirrel.

And some, like McCain, are busily occupied trying to arrange the deck chairs…oblivious.

Principles.

Not Personalities.

Principles should never be compromised.

And, yes, we are sinking, capsizing.

Is it 2014 yet? 2016? Not going to be any more real chances after that.

OK…have a happy Monday. :-)

coldwarrior on September 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Ruling Class dictum: Join us or die.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’”

Gee, I wonder how the squishes in the GOPe would have answered that question.

Kafir on September 23, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Of course the GOP is against Senator Cruz, he isn’t part of the government expansion project. Senator Cruz is actually fighting for limited government, that must be terrifying for the Republican Party.

Panther on September 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

NAME THEM!

I bet I could name several “top Republicans” and one of them is Karl Rove. Another is Jeb Bush. You can add add John McCain and Peter King to that list.

mountainaires on September 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

For some reason, when I saw the headline I assumed it was Nicole Wallace. Seems like something she would say. Oh well, same difference.

monalisa on September 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Who but Rove has the wherewithal to fund oppo research? Still pushing long-term to put Jeb in the WH, Rove?

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Ruling Class dictum: Join OBEY us or die.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Edited for accuracy. You can’t join; the club is a closed one.

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign, told Breitbart News on Sunday that “of course not,” neither McConnell, nor anyone on his Senate staff or campaign staff, shopped any opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to any members of the media, including Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

“Senator Cruz is a friend and valued member of the Republican caucus,” Benton added in an email.

This virtually confirms that (a) McConnell knows exactly who did it and (b) he probably did it himself, most likely through an “intermediary”. (It’s SOP in intel ops to use “cut-outs” to avoid being burned, especially when you’re betraying your own side.)

When anyone on Capitol Hill calls you a “friend and valued member” of their clique’, that means they’ve already got the dagger sharpened to slip between your ribs- from behind.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Ruling Class dictum: Join us or die.

mjbrooks3 on September 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Yup. Some of us haven’t forgotten how they threw Allen West and Joe Walsh under the bus and then proceeded to purge the GOP…

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/03/Boehner-GOP-leaders-purge-conservatives-from-powerful-House-committees

Fallon on September 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Cruz sounds more like a sane voice crying out in the wilderness that is DC. Rove is a front man for the elites who sounds like a babbling, stuttering idiot. BTW, didn’t he lose big time in the last election? Why should we listen to a loser.

Kissmygrits on September 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Why do they insist on saying “defund” Obama Care? Why don’t they call it what the Supreme Court called it – Repeal the Obamacare TAX.

iamsaved on September 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Losers tend to think like losers, which is why they tend to lose and hate winners. Only 30% of the population wants this goddamned law and people are getting cashiered every day as a result of it, so why in the blue fuq should we meet Obama’s demand to fund it? We’re helping Obama, but he’s just too stupid to know any better.

crrr6 on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Ed, it is not “silly” for Palin to ask who the sources are. She has simply put the oppos on notice that anonymous attackers are anathema, to be taken with a block of salt. She certainly does not expect Wallace to give up his sources.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

NAME THEM, YOU PUTZ!

Tell me again how Fox leans so far to the right…

bofh on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Why do they insist on saying “defund” Obama Care? Why don’t they call it what the Supreme Court called it – Repeal the Obamacare TAX.

iamsaved on September 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I don’t think they’re even talking about repealing the tax part. Although we can’t know for sure, bureaucratese is impossible to interpret reliably.

Fenris on September 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Here is one write-in vote for Ted Cruz 2016. If one individual can pi$$-off the establishment that much, he is worthy of being president.

Turtle317 on September 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it. Why would he burn his sources on something this nonsensical? We could take a poll of Republican officeholders on Capitol Hill to try to solve this whodunit, which we could call 279 Little GOPians, but it might take a long time to get to the point where there are none.

The press always gets away with whatever slander or BS they want by citing anonymous sources. Give me a break. Every time they do this, they deserve being called out. “Journalists”…give me a break.

Dongemaharu on September 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I imagine it’s the same GOP culprits who have stabbed Palin, Cain, and a bunch of others in the back over the past 4-5 years. They need to move to the Democratic party, where they belong. I use to like Rove, but red-flags pop up every time I see his name now. I’m done with the GOP’s McCains and Romneys…Roves, and a mountain of others.

Karmi on September 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It is idiots like Rove, McConnell, McCain, and Graham that are going to lead to the end of the Republican Party, and the creation of a new party that is going to build its platform on the conservative values that the Republicans once held near and dear, and have since rejected!

I am especially sick and tired of hearing from Karl Rove! I honestly wish Fox News would stop giving this moron a platform to spew his nonsense from! The man no longer knows what he is talking about and no one should even pay attention to what he has to say anymore!

pilamaye on September 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It’s time.

MT on September 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

When does Tokyo Rove retire..?

d1carter on September 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Why do they insist on saying “defund” Obama Care? Why don’t they call it what the Supreme Court called it – Repeal the Obamacare TAX.

iamsaved on September 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I think they should go the full Voldemort and not even use the lazy stupid bastard’s name. It’s the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (even though it does neither). Attaching the bastard’s name to it makes it personal when it shouldn’t be.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

No, Ed. It’s you who is silly.

A silly, ridiculous little man.

Go take a permanent cruise.

sartana on September 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I bet it was Rove who provided the opposition on Cruz. After all, Rove is sitting at the same table as Wallace.

birdwatcher on September 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’” Rove said. “Instead they have dictated to their colleagues through the media, and through public statements, and not consulted them about this strategy at all.”

Meh. Cruz, love him or hate him, puts it on the line and gets it out in front of the world. A handful, hire Rove to do their dirty work then state for the record “It wasn’t me”. All the rest, cower in the corner– due to their lack of backbone.

socalcon on September 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Cruz is a white hispanic and we should be wary of such people.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Dear Republicans in congress,

I held my nose and voted for McCain. I held my nose and voted for Romney. Neither showed the backbone I’ve seen in Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Nominate another RINO Republican for prez and I’m staying home on election day. Yeah, that’s how bad things are, that’s how awful you perform as a representative of your constituency. So go ahead, nominate Christy or some other recycled GOP dinosaur who acquiesces to the Dems. But remember when you do, you’re handing your votes over to Hillary.

Tired of the BS, tired of you traitors, tired of giving away my precious vote to guaranteed losers.

Disgustingly yours,

A real American, AKA a dying breed.

fogw on September 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

It’s pretty obvious Karl Rove and his tools are behind the backstabbing of Ted Cruz.

Rove is on Fox news all the time. He’s been on since Wallace made his disclosure about the oppo research, and none of the Fox News tools will ask him if he did it. I suspect they all know it was him, and they have no intention of putting him on the spot. They use him too much to pi$$ him off.

novaculus on September 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

What a shame that country club Republicans are forcing a leftist government on us all by default. We’re doomed.

HiJack on September 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Dear Republicans in congress,

I held my nose and voted for McCain. I held my nose and voted for Romney. Neither showed the backbone I’ve seen in Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Nominate another RINO Republican for prez and I’m staying home on election day. Yeah, that’s how bad things are, that’s how awful you perform as a representative of your constituency. So go ahead, nominate Christy or some other recycled GOP dinosaur who acquiesces to the Dems. But remember when you do, you’re handing your votes over to Hillary.

Tired of the BS, tired of you traitors, tired of giving away my precious vote to guaranteed losers.

Disgustingly yours,

A real American, AKA a dying breed.

fogw on September 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Perfect. Now, let’s all send a copy to the RNC.

HiJack on September 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

If anyone thinks Karl Rove had nothing to do with this, I’ve got a bridge I can sell you.

I’m seriously waiting for someone to tell me why anyone talks to that bubblehead anymore, considering how he’s cost us the White House two elections in a row.

CurtZHP on September 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I have never been on the defunding bandwagon. I always have thought that it was a futile move and destined to failure. I have always said that I thought it should be used as a bargaining chip in an attempt to get a delay, and I stand by those statements.

Having said that, the moves by our GOP “leadership” might be what actually gets me to join the movement. I’m against the surrender caucus just on general principles. And they’re really starting to tick me off. I thought I was mad at the GOP when that awful immigration bill passed the Senate. If that anger was a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, then they have found a way to get me to 11.

Chris of Rights on September 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it. Why would he burn his sources on something this nonsensical?

It was brilliant of Palin to make that demand because it takes Wallace out of the scared-anonymous-Republican sounding board business. For a couple reasons, they are shamed, for one. The pressure would become unbearable the next time for Wallace to expose the creeps so it won’t get to that point, for another.

Buddahpundit on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’”

Gee, I wonder how the squishes in the GOPe would have answered that question.

Kafir on September 23, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yep. Cruz/Lee have been out there for months talking about de-funding and got beaten down right from the get-go.
So what exactly was stopping any Republican from having a pow-wow with Cruz if they wanted to know more? Seems to me like no one was the least bit interested in what Cruz wanted to try to do.
Now Rove wants to claim Republican Senators “had to tune in to listen to find out what Ted’s next step was in the strategy”? Really, Rove? Cruz was just outright refusing to talk to anyone that might want to get on board?
Don’t think so.
No one else even wanted to know.

lynncgb on September 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Has Karl Rove become Foxnews’ official GOP spokesman? Is he their only “go-to” guy that has some special insight nobody else has?

Is anyone that opposes the GOP establishment strategy a “Tea Partier” or some other implied pejorative according to Foxnews?

I’m getting a bit sick of Foxnews. It seems they feel that if the same alleged GOP Representatives repeat their parochial positions enough it somehow brings credibility to their musings.

Nonsense.

Not only is Karl Rove’s electoral track record atrocious. But his record on taxes and spending while in office is even worse. He and President Bush, the latter for whom I have enormous respect, own a very big part of our current fiscal issues. It seems they mostly never met a spending bill they did not like.

But we should listen to Rove because he’s a genius and represents the GOP or something.

Yeah, not really Fox.

Marcus Traianus on September 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The reason Cruz did not consult with them is because they are such a bunch of slimy backstabbers that they would have leaked it to some other liberal journalists or turned around and used it against him before he even went on the air with Wallace. I don’t blame him a bit for handling it this way. The RINOS in congress couldn’t give a damn what their constituents want and obviously care about no one but themselves.

Susanboo on September 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Lindsey Graham on Fox right now talking about Obama care. He says Obamacare “sucks”

birdwatcher on September 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I love that the truth is being revealed little by little just in time for the 2014 midterms. Whether or not Obamacare is defunded, we will know who stands by their principles and who doesn’t. To the Republican Establishment’s dismay, it is no longer the TEA Party they need to contend with, but all Conservatives, Libertarians and Independents who vote Republican. If Cruz, Lee, and their supporters in the House and Senate are not currently leading the Republican Party, then who is?

lea on September 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I have never been on the defunding bandwagon. I always have thought that it was a futile move and destined for failure.

Chris of Rights on September 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I put myself in that category too. But dang, I can sure appreciate Cruz putting his neck on the line and doing anything and everything to try to get rid of Obamacare. The guy’s got principles and guts… and I gotta love him for that.

lynncgb on September 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Dear Republicans in congress,

I held my nose and voted for McCain. I held my nose and voted for Romney. Neither showed the backbone I’ve seen in Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Nominate another RINO Republican for prez and I’m staying home on election day. Yeah, that’s how bad things are, that’s how awful you perform as a representative of your constituency. So go ahead, nominate Christy or some other recycled GOP dinosaur who acquiesces to the Dems. But remember when you do, you’re handing your votes over to Hillary.

Tired of the BS, tired of you traitors, tired of giving away my precious vote to guaranteed losers.

Disgustingly yours,

A real American, AKA a dying breed.

fogw on September 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

My sentiments exactly. You are not alone.

lea on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Primary every last RINO. Time to get the wimps out!

neyney on September 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it. Why would he burn his sources on something this nonsensical?

Ed, it is not “silly” for Palin to ask who the sources are. She has simply put the oppos on notice that anonymous attackers are anathema, to be taken with a block of salt. She certainly does not expect Wallace to give up his sources.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

+1000

The press always gets away with whatever slander or BS they want by citing anonymous sources. Give me a break. Every time they do this, they deserve being called out. “Journalists”…give me a break.

Dongemaharu on September 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

+1000

It was brilliant of Palin to make that demand because it takes Wallace out of the scared-anonymous-Republican sounding board business. For a couple reasons, they are shamed, for one. The pressure would become unbearable the next time for Wallace to expose the creeps so it won’t get to that point, for another.

Buddahpundit on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

+1000

Of course she didn’t expect Wallace to name these creeps – though I think we can all name one or two. By exposing these little people to those of us who care about our country she did all of us a great service. Kudos to Sarah and a big thumbs down to those who are trying to destroy both Sarah and Ted.

unaffiliated on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Primary every last RINO. Time to get the wimps out!

neyney on September 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Preezactly.
I want every single name of whoever is battling Cruz and Lee, etc.
They will get calls or emails denouncing them, with the PROMISE to fund their primary opponent !!
They’ve ‘outlived’ their usefullness/reasons they were elected !!!

pambi on September 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

“This was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues,” said Karl Rove. “With all due respect to my junior Senator from Texas, I suspect this is the first time that the end game was described to any Republican Senator. They had to tune in to listen to you to find out what Ted’s next step was in the strategy.”

I’d like to know more about the accuracy of that and not from the likes of Karl Rove. It seems to me that Cruz has long been advocating a push on this front, although he may not have described the strategy in detail as time went on. So, the idea, generally, has been out there from the get go to defund Obamacare. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out:

- House Republicans pass Budget sans Obamacare,
- Senate Republicans have opportunity stand and fight for it.

There’s opportunity. The strategy isn’t rocket science, either.

- Build support and market with arguments for doing it to public.

A few observations. One, in the form of a question, is why didn’t more Republican senators act on this obvious plan?

Two, you say Cruz & Lee didn’t tell contact any senators. Well, did any senators contact Cruz and Lee to inquire and join the effort when they initiated it? If not, why not?

Three, why have so many come out against it, or denigrated the effort, even as the plan is being rolled out? Why didn’t they wait to see how it might play out? The public is generally opposed to Obamacare, it serious damaging the economy and wasting precious taxpayer dollars and the public sees those problems, too. A strong plurality of the public have indicated they are willing to risk, and deal with, a temporary government shutdown, if it stops Obamacare. The only real issue, then, is to win the fight on who is responsible for the shutdown and, it’s not a slam dunk for the Dems in getting the public to place the blame on Republicans, though it wouldn’t be hard for them to do that if the Republicans won’t fight back.

And to a great degree they aren’t, so it appears they have no stomach for a fight. So, there was little reason for Cruz and Lee to communicate their strategy to people who are naturally disposed to be against fighting to get rid of Obamacare because they will try to preempt it. The public ought to know who those people are, for good or ill of the individual senators, both Dem and Republican.

We don’t necessarily need to find out who called Wallace. Just look to see who has been talking it down the most and go down from there, and I’m inclined to include Rand Paul in that review for various reasons.

Dusty on September 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Give me a break Ed, its not silly to demand the names of these sources smear merchants. Did Jazz Shaw write this under your name?

I’m tired anonymous sources being used as weapons, and journalists could easily just make these sources up – why should I trust them? Perhaps you want to be included and liked by journalists, but I’m done with this site if you start bowing to their conventions.

Daemonocracy on September 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The more I think about this the more disgusted at the GOP leadership and “top Republicans” I get.

The GOP hates and is embarrassed by it’s base. Rush is right.

aquaviva on September 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Ed, it is not “silly” for Palin to ask who the sources are. She has simply put the oppos on notice that anonymous attackers are anathema, to be taken with a block of salt. She certainly does not expect Wallace to give up his sources.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Ed sounds like Karl Rove with his “silly” comment.

ChuckTX on September 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Republicans fight each other more than the Democrats.
Democrats are as thick as thieves.
Democrats will fight Republicans harder than they do terrorists – foreign and domestic.

gwelf on September 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

If this does not prove once and for all that the only thing that most of these guys are interested in is their own re-election, I don’t know what does. They could give a rat’s ass about what is good for the country and cloak it in doublespeak about “the process” and “civility” and “tradition”. It’s all bullshit and everyone knows it.

I never thought I would go this route but I am in… no more squish candidates, I have been duped too many times. I swear to God I will stay home rather than pull the lever for another “moderate” that is “electable”. At least if the idiots lose we will get to the collapse faster so we can re-build.

Sooooo disgusted….

njmax on September 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Ed, it is not “silly” for Palin to ask who the sources are. She has simply put the oppos on notice that anonymous attackers are anathema, to be taken with a block of salt. She certainly does not expect Wallace to give up his sources.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Ed sounds like Karl Rove with his “silly” comment.

ChuckTX on September 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Why yes, yes he does. And that’s why I stopped reading.

Actually both Hot Air (for a time completely, and now, as you can see by this comment, I occasionally stop by, if only to see the continued Establishment parroting going on) and Town Hall magazine, which I took for its inaugural year and then dropped for its Establishment bias.

hrh40 on September 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Of course she didn’t expect Wallace to name these creeps – though I think we can all name one or two.

[unaffiliated on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM]

Tops on my list are McCain and Graham in the Senate. Cruz opposes getting involved in Syria, they’re consummate collegial senators when it comes to not rocking the government boat, they hold grudges, and are prone to vilifying anyone who disagree with them.

This points to reasons why Cruz would be reticent about trying to sell his plan for a unified front, as Rove believes is essential. One is that people like McCain would try to preempt it. Another is that to get the coalition, Cruz would have to make deals on other issues that may require sacrificing his principles or promises to his fellow Texans.

Dusty on September 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it.

It’s silly to think Palin asked it, expecting an answer.

portlandon on September 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Ed: Oh Sarah Palin you are such a silly little girl.

Amadeus on September 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Ed, it is not “silly” for Palin to ask who the sources are. She has simply put the oppos on notice that anonymous attackers are anathema, to be taken with a block of salt. She certainly does not expect Wallace to give up his sources.

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Yes, and to respond to this quote specifically, how quickly did McConnell’s office leap to respond that “it wasn’t us, it wasn’t us!?”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/22/Mitch-McConnell-s-campaign-manager-We-had-nothing-to-do-with-Ted-Cruz-oppo-shopping

McConnell is up for reelection in 2014. My head spins with how fast his team responded to Palin’s tweet.

You see, Ed, that’s how it’s done.

Put pressure on elected officials. To. do. their. jobs.

Which. is. to. serve. the. people. And. not. the. egos. of. their. colleagues. And. the. preening. consultants. like. The-Architect-of-the-Downfall-of-the-Republican-Party Karl. Rove. (See 2006, 2008, 2012, … and 2014 UNLESS Rove keeps his mitts FAR AWAY and lets the Tea Party handle it like we did in 2010.)

hrh40 on September 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

It’s not “silly” to put a spotlight on Wallace’s use of anonymous sources. I don’t believe that anonymous sources used for character assassination should ever be tolerated. Was it acceptable for Harry Reid to claim that a little birdie told him that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years?

Until Congress passes stronger slander and libel laws to protect against malicious acts, then by all means call attention to dirty tricks.

debg on September 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I say they should restore funding to Medicare. Maybe that would be enough of an inducement for McCain to retire, and spend his twilight years in a Dove Mountain assisted living facility.

Tyrone Slothrop on September 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Sarah Palin demanded that Wallace identify his sources, but that won’t happen, and it’s almost silly to ask it. Why would he burn his sources on something this nonsensical?

I know others have hit on this, but Ed, check your privilege – it’s not silly when GOPers unidentified are burning people like Cruz anonymously, and Wallace stacks his panel with people who hate Cruz. Cruz, Lee and a few others are all that stand between us and the disaster that is Obamacare. For that matter, you run the most highly trafficked Conservative blog, why aren’t you calling up your sources, McConnell et al and asking them to go on record criticizing Cruz, Lee etc – the effing cowards, all of them.

You can criticize Palin for many things, but strategy isn’t one of them – she’ll smoke the cowards out of the woods.

King B on September 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Palin and those she has mentored are exposing the GOP establishment hacks and their shills. God Bless Palin, Cruz, Paul, Lee and all the others who are refusing to sit down and shut up. They are our voice. It is refreshing to finally have people brave enough to speak for the American people.

fight like a girl on September 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The GOP establishment has no clue what works or what people want. The last Republican to win the presidency fully and on is own merits was Ronald Reagan. Bush 1 was simply riding his coattails and Bush 2 was such a squeaker that you cannot give him the mantle of a mandate of the people. Bold colors work and are what people want. Pastels blend you into the mass of government scum.

Choose_Freedom on September 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Panelist Karl Rove argued that Cruz’ colleagues see him as grandstanding rather than attempting to build a real united front…

United with what? United with the spineless rino’s who’ve given up their principles, forsaken the constituency that put them there, and only care about staying among the ruling class?

Oxymoron on September 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Wallace has basically ‘outed’ the Republican party for the sneaky backstabbers they are. And since he won’t give the names of the weasels, nor do we seriously expect him to, the public is free to speculate on who in the GOP was a part of Wallace’s research panel.

Oh, the lists we could make.

timmytee on September 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I would like to point a finger towards Rubio’s team. Doesn’t he have a sneaky chief of staff?

cptacek on September 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Ed: Oh Sarah Palin you are such a silly little girl.

Amadeus on September 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Spot on.

cptacek on September 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

If The GubRmint shuts down.

When will the Earth stop spinning????

roflmmfaotigd

donabernathy on September 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’”

Fair enough.

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’”

Fair enough.

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

No. Ask the so called “Blue Dog Democrats” how much respect they got and how much autonomy they got. They were “allowed” to vote a certain way on votes that might cause trouble for them being reelected, but they certainly weren’t listened to and respected.

cptacek on September 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Wallace doesn’t have to disclose his sources since we already know: Rove, King, McCain, and Graham. They are Fox News sources for nearly everything.

lhuffman34 on September 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

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