Cruz: I didn’t come to the Senate to get 99 new friends

posted at 10:01 am on October 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

An old adage (misattributed to Harry Truman by Maureen Dowd) advises newcomers to Washington that if they want to make a friend, they should buy a dog.  Ted Cruz echoes that advice in a new interview with ABC News, in which he says that his ambitions in Washington didn’t involve becoming a beloved member of the clubbiest club in the world:

“There’s an old saying that, ‘Politics, it ain’t beanbag.’ And, you know, I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz told ABC News’ Jon Karl in his first on-camera interview after the shutdown came to an end Wednesday night. …

And he made it clear that he thinks his Republican colleagues in the Senate are responsible for sabotaging his effort to tie funding for the government to an effort to defund or delay the health care law.

“I will say that the reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached last night, is because, unfortunately, Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans,” Cruz told ABC News. “I wish Senate Republicans had united, I tried to do everything I could to urge Senate Republicans to come together and stand with House Republicans.”

Cruz laid the blame on Senate Republicans attacking House Republicans during the shutdown:

“I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying, ‘It cannot win, It’s a fools error and we will lose, this must fail,’” Cruz said.

“That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it’s a shame.”

Well, the attacks went both ways, and that started before the shutdown. When Cruz and Mike Lee pushed hard for the defunding strategy and the shutdown tactics, their allies attacked Republicans who opposed those strategic choices as “voting for ObamaCare,” a charge that FreedomWorks continued this week. At the same time, Peter King and John McCain rushed to television to call conservatives crazy, stupid, or both. Both sides seemed intent on ignoring the fact that opposition to ObamaCare is one of the few issues that unites the GOP, and has for four years, and that opposition to strategy is not the same thing as opposition to end goals.

The only way to dismantle ObamaCare is to win elections.  Democrats won’t just fold on ObamaCare because they don’t have to do so as long as they control the Senate and the White House; this is a lifetime achievement for them.  That means that Republicans and conservatives have to stop attacking each other’s integrity over choices in tactics, and focus on winning elections that replace Democratic incumbents in the Senate with solid Republican candidates, and building the argument to eliminate ObamaCare altogether after the 2016 elections.  And that means that conservatives and moderates within the party need to aim their rhetorical guns outward rather than inward, and activists need to focus on Democratic Senate seats rather than embark on purity campaigns within the GOP caucus.

What we have now is a recipe for losing the long-term fight, and it’s going to be a lot worse than a “shame” if that happens.

Update: Moe Lane creates a very handy flow chart on this topic.


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While I generally agree with what Ed says here, he fails to grasp some very important realities.

If Republicans held the WH & the Senate, and were attempting desperately needed entitlement reforms and otherwise attempting to shrink and muzzle the fed bureaucracy and its regulatory machines, does anyone doubt that Democrats would be doing everything in their power to obstruct and delay? Does anyone doubt for one second that they would shut down the government if they could or hold the country hostage to whatever damage they could inflict?

They have done so repeatedly. They just did, again.

Does anyone remember Wisconsin Democrats literally fleeing the state to try to stymie Walker’s effort to regain control of the budget?

Does anyone remember Indiana Democrats doing the same?

“Politics ain’t beanbag.” Quite so. Tell it to the Senate Republicans.

I’m not saying Republicans should inflict harm on the country because they can’t get their own way. (No matter that Democrats would surely do so. That is why they are Democrats, and we aren’t.) I am saying that they should be fighting and obstructing Obama and the Democrats every single step of the way, fighting every fight they can fight, landing every blow the can land, seizing every opportunity that arises from the mistakes and overreaches that Obama & the Democrats are certain to make to expose them for who they are and their goals for what they are.

Democrats understand they are fighting to seize power for themselves that will never be relinquished and “fundamentally transform” America into an authoritarian welfare state that they will run, that they will exploit for themselves and their supporters to the detriment of everyone else. They won’t be deterred unless they are made to understand that they will never, never, never be allowed to get away with it.

That understanding will never penetrate their corrupt skulls so long as spineless Republicans continually find reasons to “compromise” and “get along”, apparently more interested in saving themselves a seat at the table in order to cling to some vestige of power and seize a few crumbs left behind by Democrats.

We’re literally in a battle for the future of our country. Cruz, Lee, and a core of House Republicans realize we are in a fight to the death. It is the old guard of Senate Republicans who think we’re playing beanbag.

It is long past the time to stop playing patsy with Democrats and fight.

FIGHT!

novaculus on October 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I’m beginning to think Hot Air works for the Democrats. If there is not conflict then Congress is not working. Being friendly conflict-averse teddy bear isn’t going to win any fights either and it sure isn’t going to get any messaging out.

bour3 on October 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Please point out any RINO victories. Ever.

(I keep asking this, and never get a response)

faraway on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Because they knew who would get blamed. The President has the unique ability to spout off 100% total BS, not take questions, and not get called on it. Cruz and Lee even gave him cover. He could go in front of the camera and say, actually honestly, “The GOP lead us into default because they did not want uninsured Americans to have quality health care”.

Zaggs on October 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Zaggs, I am sorry, but YOU are part of the problem. YOUR whole post could be talking points for the Democratic party. When establishment Republicans attack their own party in the media instead of the Dems; it feeds the narravive. How could Obama get in front of the camera and HONESTLY say that the GOP lead us into default? Psst, the ONLY way we were going to default is if the spitehouse didn’t pay our interest on our debt. That had NOTHING to do with Cruz and Lee, and if you think that Cruz and Lee HONESTLY “did not want uninsured Americans to get healthcare” as their motive; then sweetie, you might as well switch parties now.

melle1228 on October 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

We voters in Texas sent Ted Cruz to fight. If we wanted someone to go along to get along, we’d have voted for Dewhurst. I think that was the correct decision. Look at how in over his head Dewhurst was (or maybe he, being the Texas Establishment, was playing the game) when Wendy Davis and her paid mob derailed the last session so they could continue to keep killing babies.

cebj25 on October 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Jkotthoff

Exactly.

More, often, do not stop, push, push, push.

The next two fraud operations of the two party evil money cult will show just how sick and deranged they are.

Amnesty

Climate Change

Both rotten to the core.

Both supported by the low life commie Democrats and many of these RINO moderates who feed at the same “ear marked” pig trough.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Please point out any RINO victories. Ever.

(I keep asking this, and never get a response)

faraway on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

McConnell got a new dam.

Oh you mean victories that actually benefit the populace? Yeah, I got nothing..

melle1228 on October 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

then sweetie, you might as well switch parties now.

melle1228 on October 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I gotta disagree with you on this one. Zaggs is in the right party; we’re in the wrong one.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I gotta disagree with you on this one. Zaggs is in the right party; we’re in the wrong one.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I switched to independent after holding my nose and voting for Romney. You are right though, if McCain, McConnell, and Graham are the quintessential Repubs then most of us are the RINOS..

melle1228 on October 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Please point out any RINO victories. Ever.

(I keep asking this, and never get a response)

faraway on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The 1988 election of George H.W. Bush.

Of course any informed politcal observer will know WHY that
occurred…

ToddPA on October 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

For fun and to lighten up a bit take a look at what the real climate has going on …

http://www.arapahoebasin.com/

see web cams on the site

They be sking and the odd thing is many loon democrats live and work at abasin and they are in the lines there with Al Gore T-Shirts on under the ski duds.

go figure

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

go figure

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Um. It’s “climate change” now, not “global warming”.

oldroy on October 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

“But at least we all have a moment of clarity. The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party — and unless it’s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, it’s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing — they like it.”

http://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/2013/10/17/most-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest/2/

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Excellent blog post Capt. Ed..Excellent!!..:)

Dire Straits on October 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Amnesty is just way of getting a sweet frosting on a “wage slave” cake.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

That means that Republicans and conservatives have to stop attacking each other’s integrity over choices in tactics, and focus on winning elections that replace Democratic incumbents in the Senate with solid Republican candidates, and building the argument to eliminate ObamaCare altogether after the 2016 elections.

Gee, you mean the surrender caucus calling dissenters whacko birds isn’t helpful? Seriously when John McCain takes Ted Cruz to task on behalf of the Dems are you really suggesting that “both sides” are at fault here? That’s total BS.

Establishment Republicans don’t even pretend to care about the ill effects of Obamacare. And until they stop treating the Tea Party as a bigger threat and enemy than the Democrats they can go to hell. Ted Cruz showed integrity and principle while the surrender weasels did not. Put another way, how can you attack McCain’s integrity when he has none? I for one am not willing to get into partnership with anybody who got to last Wednesday and supported the complete cave with inane prattle about living to fight another day because this hill was just too big to even try to take on.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Article 5 of the constitution gives us a way around these dug in ingrates in DC. Time for states with solid republican majorities to start a convention to propose amendments that take away power from these anti-American degenerates. Starting with an amendment that places term limits on serving in congress and repealing the 17th Amendment.

jawkneemusic on October 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Gee, you mean the surrender caucus calling dissenters whacko birds isn’t helpful? Seriously when John McCain takes Ted Cruz to task on behalf of the Dems are you really suggesting that “both sides” are at fault here? That’s total BS.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Sure sounds like that’s what Ed is saying, doesn’t it?

oldroy on October 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This “moment of clarity” will be the end of Mitch McConnell. If we can jettison him and Graham, I see this one episode as more than worth it.

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Right on.

kingsjester on October 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Is he doing anything for Texas?

rubberneck on October 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Please point out any RINO victories. Ever.

(I keep asking this, and never get a response)

faraway on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The 1988 election of George H.W. Bush.

Of course any informed politcal observer will know WHY that
occurred…

ToddPA on October 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

How about a policy victory as opposed to a partisan victory. The GOP enablers can occassionally pull off a partisan victory, but can never pull off a policy victory. It’s all about the big office and cocktail parties. Policy? Who cares!

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Well, the attacks went both ways, and that started before the shutdown. When Cruz and Mike Lee pushed hard for the defunding strategy and the shutdown tactics, their allies attacked Republicans who opposed those strategic choices as “voting for ObamaCare,” a charge that FreedomWorks continued this week. At the same time, Peter King and John McCain rushed to television to call conservatives crazy, stupid, or both.

Heh. Going both ways in Ed’s world:

Conservatives: stating a fact.

Statist GOP: engaging in ad hominem attacks.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Well said. Exactly correct. The fact is that the Ruling Class Republicans understand in their bones they have more common interests with Democrats than the Tea Party and the conservative base of their party. They act accordingly.

Either we beat them into submission and force them to join us, or we must replace them with allies who will fight with us. There are no other options.

Frankly, the second option is preferable. We could never trust those tools.

novaculus on October 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

That means that Republicans and conservatives have to stop attacking each other’s integrity over choices in tactics, and focus on winning elections that replace Democratic incumbents in the Senate with solid Republican candidates, and building the argument to eliminate ObamaCare altogether after the 2016 elections.

What, pray tell, is the statist GOP’s tactic that we are disagreeing with? Doing nothing? That’s not a tactic. Heck, I didn’t like the shutdown/debt ceiling standoff tactic either. But, it’s not nothing. Which was the alternative. Something beats nothing every time.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

What we have now is a recipe for losing the long-term fight, and it’s going to be a lot worse than a “shame” if that happens.

The long term loss is inevitable if the GOP continues to do nothing. If they try to do something, like Cruz et al. did, then there is at least a chance that we could win, long term. Sure, it may make things worse quicker, but when you’re staring catastrophe in the face, what do you have to lose? Obviously, we’d like to pick fights that have the highest chance of success, but even a success chance of 0.0001% is better than the 0% the GOP is and has been offering for the last decade+.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I think Ed has been hanging out with Scarborough too much lately.

besser tot als rot on October 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

“[Levin] tells the ruling elite, whether it be Obama, Pelosi, Reid, or Boehner and McConnell, that the Tea Party isn’t just hanging around, but that we’re going to defeat them, we’re going to crush them…”

http://therightscoop.com/mark-levin-to-the-ruling-elite-were-going-to-crush-you/

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Disappointing Ed. Really disappointing. Either you’re willing to stand up for your beliefs or you’re not. Bowing in the name of strategy or anything else has only ensured, inch by inch, that we are complicit in the 17 trillion debt and expanding statism.

trish333 on October 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

And while you are winning elections, make sure it is all of them because having the majority of one chamber of Congress means zero.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I don’t ever want to hear another Republican to whine about how Obamacare was passed. They probably should have just voted for it since speaking out against a done deal is stupid and a waste of time.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

What we have now is a recipe for losing the long-term fight, and it’s going to be a lot worse than a “shame” if that happens.

Internalize this, RINOs – if amnesty passes Pelosi will be speaker in 2015, well-deservedly.

She will have earned it in full and it will be on you.

Then obama should proceed with his full destruction. He will have earned it too and it will be on YOU!!!

You can save this for then. It will be schadenfreude pure!!!

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Disappointing Ed. Really disappointing. Either you’re willing to stand up for your beliefs or you’re not. Bowing in the name of strategy or anything else has only ensured, inch by inch, that we are complicit in the 17 trillion debt and expanding statism.

trish333 on October 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Messrs Cruz/Lee have exposed that the RINOs hate their children and grandchildren as do Pelosi/Reid/obama.

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Hah hah, Cruz is the biggest loser in DC at the moment, a complete failure with a 15% national approval rating, and conservatives are talking him up likes he’s Patton or something. What a joke.

Oh well, at least Heritage and the rest of the Conservative Scare Machine were able to bilk a few more bucks out of credulous donors.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

We grant a fait accompli to assumptions that Democrats will never give in……..when you have the power of the purse. The House has that. Use it.

Starlink on October 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

This. And this, I believe, was the true intent of Cruz’s filibuster: to demonstrate that the House (with the backing of the Senate Republicans) is the new fixed, unmovable point of the political universe. That if the White House and Senate don’t take House Republicans into their calculations, nothing gets done (or at any event, paid for).

Why do Republicans cede the DNC and media assumption (or propaganda?) that it is Obama or Reid who must be placated for anything to succeed? Why is it a “given” that no legislation will pass unless Reid and Obama have their stamp of approval on it?

If the House and Senate Republicans had stood firmly with Cruz on this, at some point there would have been a new sheriff in town, a new irresistible force and unmovable object with which the other parties must deal, or else nothing will ever get done– because it won’t get paid for.

Instead, the only fixed principle that the Republicans have reinforced for the gazillionth time: Republicans always cave. Always. You can bet your shutdown on it.

I believe, also, that this is the real reason for all the visceral animosity aimed at Cruz by the media and by Senate Republicans. What if his strategy had worked? Imagine if the political universe began to revolve around… a Republican Speaker and conservative voting bloc of the House? That idea, and its promulgator, have to be crushed.

de rigueur on October 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I keep hearing that Cruz should never have started with “Defund”- that it was never going to happen, that he should have started with something smaller.

But, forgive me if someone else has already pointed this out, I thought that in the art of negotiation, you always start with more than you think you can get.

parteagirl on October 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

parteagirl on October 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Unless you are a conservative, then you are suppose to capitulate and smile.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Hah hah, Cruz is the biggest loser in DC at the moment, a complete failure with a 15% national approval rating, and conservatives are talking him up likes he’s Patton or something. What a joke.

Oh well, at least Heritage and the rest of the Conservative Scare Machine were able to bilk a few more bucks out of credulous donors.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I sincerely hope that you’re young enough to enjoy the abject poverty and misery that accompanies progressive ideology for many decades. Live long friend. You voted for the struggle. There will be no prosperity.

trish333 on October 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

No kiddin’. Or. just plain “shuddup”.

kingsjester on October 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Child.

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Hah hah, Cruz is the biggest loser in DC at the moment, a complete failure with a 15% national approval rating, and conservatives are talking him up likes he’s Patton or something. What a joke.

Oh well, at least Heritage and the rest of the Conservative Scare Machine were able to bilk a few more bucks out of credulous donors.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I sincerely hope that you’re young enough to enjoy the abject poverty and misery that accompanies progressive ideology for many decades. Live long friend. You voted for the struggle. There will be no prosperity.

trish333 on October 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

No, just another half-educated, jackboot-loving fascist who despises financial accountability, individual liberty and universal human dignity and essence. You’re going to see a lot of such anti-humanistic slime in the future.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

rubberneck on October 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

You spelled “dick” wrong.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

So did you.

novaculus on October 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The Party is changing under your very feet. You don’t like it one bit, yet you are powerless to do anything about it. Keep griping about it as you get left behind.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

No, just another half-educated, jackboot-loving fascist who despises financial accountability, individual liberty and universal human dignity and essence. You’re going to see a lot of such anti-humanistic slime in the future.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

“Mr. Arkadin,” that is. He idolizes a fictional character who’s both morally and spiritually corrupt and a serial killer to boot. Naturally, he lowers himself below the pond scum that has more ecological value than he does.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The Party is changing under your very feet. You don’t like it one bit, yet you are powerless to do anything about it. Keep griping about it as you get left behind.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

He just wants a sewage-encrusted jackboot to human faces forever, and imagines that -he- won’t be the one underfoot.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

But where is the Hope?

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

kingsjester on October 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Good job! I’m kind of glad he can’t help himself.

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Please point out any RINO victories. Ever.

(I keep asking this, and never get a response)

faraway on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

They keep getting their “boys” as the candidates.

Yeah, yeah, I know.

kim roy on October 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Cindy Munford on October 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Thank you, ma’am! If Obama ever straightened up, I would have to stop writing about him. :)

kingsjester on October 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I sincerely hope that you’re young enough to enjoy the abject poverty and misery that accompanies progressive ideology for many decades. Live long friend. You voted for the struggle. There will be no prosperity.

trish333 on October 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Actually, unlike you, I voted for Romney/Ryan, instead of staying home because Romney was a secret Democrat, and a Mormon to boot. It’s not my fault Obama has a second term, its yours.

And it won’t be my fault when this stupid shut down/defund stunt causes the Dems to pick up seats in 2014; you will own that, too.

The Party is changing under your very feet. You don’t like it one bit, yet you are powerless to do anything about it. Keep griping about it as you get left behind.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Believe me, I know. It used to be able to win elections; now it is a national disgrace.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

“Mr. Arkadin,” that is. He idolizes a fictional character who’s both morally and spiritually corrupt and a serial killer to boot. Naturally, he lowers himself below the pond scum that has more ecological value than he does.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Clever girl. But the real question is, “why?”

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I will be voting for any third party candidate. Absent a third party candidate, I will be voting for the Dems. Pubs. will never get another vote from me. Screw them all. Why in hell would I vote for the likes of McCain, Graham, McConnel, Cornyn,Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, and the rest of these scum bags that lie through their teeth. At least I know the Dems are scumbags and will always oppose conservatives. The scumbags like McCain and Graham do 100 times more harm to conservatives tha Dems. If the RINOS were not bad mouthing conservatives, the MSM would not ever have them on tv. Never! Walking dead McCain and Nancy Graham would never get a moments worth of face time if they were dems.

they lie on October 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

“Mr. Arkadin,” that is. He idolizes a fictional character who’s both morally and spiritually corrupt and a serial killer to boot. Naturally, he lowers himself below the pond scum that has more ecological value than he does.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Clever girl. But the real question is, “why?”

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Wrong gender, punk. You value willful ignorance and suicidal failure, since that’s Arkadin’s position and ultimate fate.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

The Party is changing under your very feet. You don’t like it one bit, yet you are powerless to do anything about it. Keep griping about it as you get left behind.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Believe me, I know. It used to be able to win elections; now it is a national disgrace.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Because “winning elections” while auguring the country into the toilet by unconditionally surrendering to leftism is such a wise and rational political strategy.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

“The only way to dismantle ObamaCare is to win elections”, writes Ed, parroting obama.
This is just a rehash of the RINO self-fulfilling prophecy. Obamacare could have been destroyed this month if the house Republicans had been up to taking the heat. Has even Ed forgotten that the House controls the purse?

GaltBlvnAtty on October 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Has even Ed forgotten that the House controls the purse?

GaltBlvnAtty on October 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

It’s amazing how this fundmental truth gets lost or deliberately ignored. The RINOs have their reasons for glossing over it, and the KosKids have theirs (though you can bet if this were about an unpopular Bush legislation to remake a chunk of the American experience and the democrats controlled the House, all we’d be hearing from them was “defund is their Constitutional right!”).

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“The only way to dismantle ObamaCare is to win elections”, writes Ed, parroting obama.
This is just a rehash of the RINO self-fulfilling prophecy. Obamacare could have been destroyed this month if the house Republicans had been up to taking the heat. Has even Ed forgotten that the House controls the purse?

GaltBlvnAtty on October 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Yes, telling the public the truth about the deficit would require moral courage that Ed and his fellow Republicans don’t wish to possess.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Cruz is doing EXACTLY what I Put him in his elected seat to do.

To tell the democrats and the RINOS to go F8u(K themselves.

TX-96 on October 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Wrong gender, punk. You value willful ignorance and suicidal failure, since that’s Arkadin’s position and ultimate fate.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Come on, browneye2, be a little creative. You’ve nailed Arkadin the character, but what about the movie itself, the plot? It’s about this American, see, a bit of a hustler, and a rube. He’s not very bright, but thinks he’s smarter than he is. He hopes to get the girl, but ends up being easily manipulated by a murderous plutocrat, and finally accomplishes nothing except to cause misery, failure, and death to everyone around him.

Sound familiar?

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

And that means that conservatives and moderates within the party need to aim their rhetorical guns outward rather than inward, and activists need to focus on Democratic Senate seats rather than embark on purity campaigns within the GOP caucus.

Poor Ed Morrissey. “Activists” in the GOP delivered the house in 2010. Those same activist showed up in the primaries to steer the party by electing their representatives, just exactly like the other side does. Once the sitting party is in place it would be a good for the members to turn the guns outward. They didn’t.

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz took the cause that has huge support nationwide and the old guard got rattled. Please stop being a scold.

DanMan on October 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The GOP establishment was the primary force in and behind the 2008 election…and got their head’s handed to themselves, just as they predicted.

The Tea Party started their revolution for control of the party in 2010 – and was the driving force to the massive win to regain the House. Surprisingly, the GOP establishment was as, if not more, effective as the DNC in running down Tea Party candidates as they fought a shadow war to retain their position of control in the Senate.

In 2012, the GOP was in effect in civil war. GOP establishment types waged war against the Tea Party whenever and wherever possible….fighting in some races harder than they fought against the Democrats. In others, particularly open primary states, the DNC had an alliance of convenience with the GOP establishment to push ‘milquetoast’ GOP candidates in order to save vulnerable Democrats.

The biggest surprise of that race was in the Presidential, where many assisted Obama’s re-election by being unwilling to support a NE moderate Republican pushed by the GOP establishment.

In 2014, the GOP war will continue, but in the wake of 2012 and 2013, the GOP establishment is more afraid than ever of the effects and impact of Tea Party conservatives being elected into the Senate (in particular).

The problem with this is that the GOP establishment thinks that the Tea Party needs to moderate themselves and move to the middle – ‘enlarge the tent’, ‘go along to get along’, ‘become progressive-lite’, all ways of saying ‘listen to your elders and more experienced’.

What the GOP establishment fails to understand is that the Tea Party is the closest to the will of conservative Americans – not the GOP establishment. The ones who need to adapt or go the way of the dinosaurs is the establishment.

Athos on October 18, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I strongly disagree with the premise here.

As Constitution loving limited government Conservatives we have plenty of time to identify who is actually on OUR side and who is a Progressive Bush/Rockefeller/TR republican.

I think it’s healthy to identify these weaknesses and PURGE THEM out of the party ASAP.

So, we have the opportunity in early/mid 2014 to replace Lindsey Graham, Cornyn, McConnell and dozens of Boehner types that won’t fight TO WIN!!!!

Civil war in the gop? Do it.

If the party can’t survive something that it endured in the 1876 nomination battle to succeed Grant, and again in 1912 with TR and Taft, and in 1964 with Goldwater and Rockefeller at war, and Reagan and Ford in 1976…….then the party doesn’t deserve to live.

A fight to the death in the gop for the very soul of the party?……BRING IT ON!!!

PappyD61 on October 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Mensch

Murphy9 on October 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Cruz wasn’t playing for the beltway audience. He was clear from the beginning that he was addressing a deep and desperate grassroots movement out in the country, not partisan but American, those who want to change “the paradigm.” So half of the inbred idiots in DC don’t get what he was doing, and the other half senses the truth and hates and fears him for trying, for breaking faith with their longstanding “arrangement.” Cruz’s move was both calculated and wildly optimistic — he probably knew he had little chance to cajole or compel the GOPe to truly fight or defund Obamacare, i.e., to rise to the energy level of Americans sickened by the increasing corruption and tyranny of Big Government and spoiling for a fight. On the other hand, miracles happen, and so the effort was worth it either way. It would either produce an actual improbable victory or a certain, clarifying result. He got the latter.

He pushed the Establishment to the edge and exposed their collaborators in a decisive way. McConnell, exhausted and fairly traumatized by what he’s been put through, is now running around apologizing and pledging never to let this happen again. What he doesn’t realize is, he’s finished.

The beltway and RINO drones can write all they want to about how Cruz failed, but he didn’t fail with the people he was doing this for. He advanced the reformist movement.

rrpjr on October 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Believe me, I know. It used to be able to win elections; now it is a national disgrace.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Then we are in agreement. The party will once again become Conservative. The pendulum always swings. You will be happy when this happens, as I am sure you where when Reagan was the ideal party leader. You will support Cruz. You will like it.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Sorry Mr Arkidan, were.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Democrats won’t just fold on ObamaCare because they don’t have to do so as long as they control the Senate and the White House; this is a lifetime achievement for them.

Hey Nostradamus, can you give me tonight’s winning MegaMillions numbers too? Would destroying the global economy just to keep an Obamacare law that the country doesn’t want be a lifetime achievement for them as well?

and activists need to focus on Democratic Senate seats rather than embark on purity campaigns within the GOP caucus.

Now who is demanding purity, lol? Let them embark on purity campaigns if they want. After all, it’s just one issue, right, lol?

xblade on October 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Hey Nostradamus, can you give me tonight’s winning MegaMillions numbers too? Would destroying the global economy just to keep an Obamacare law that the country doesn’t want be a lifetime achievement for them as well?

xblade on October 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

While you’re making requests of Nostradamus maybe you could ask him if the sun will rise in the east or the west tomorrow morning. Honestly, these people who think they can just “predict” the future. /

To answer your question, yes, yes it would. A destroyed economy will have people begging for single payer health care, which Obamacare sets up quite nicely.

alchemist19 on October 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

No, it has to be a real fight.

Who’s talking about default?

the_nile

Liars in the democrat party and their republican enablers.

xblade on October 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

novaculus on October 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Good Job…

CrazyGene on October 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Well, Bmore, I voted for Ronald Reagan, twice. And I can tell you one thing…Ted Cruz is no Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

As did I. There will never be another Reagan. There will be Cruz.

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Wrong gender, punk. You value willful ignorance and suicidal failure, since that’s Arkadin’s position and ultimate fate.

ebrown2 on October 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

“Clever girl,” is a Jurassic Park reference. I would also advise you to stop your interaction with Mr Arkadin. I’m not very familiar with Arkadin as a poster but I can see you’re out of your league. Best to tuck tail and slink away before it gets any worse.

alchemist19 on October 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Incredibly sad to see Ed Morrissey reduced to equating the ad hominem smear attempts against principled conservatives like Cruz with calling out those who are quick to surrender.

If there had been any doubt about what HotAir has become, there is no longer.

I really hope the next blogger this site hires is a conservative and someone outside the usual clique. I want to see this site regain some of the passion and conservative values it had years ago.

bluegill on October 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Come on, browneye2, be a little creative. You’ve nailed Arkadin the character, but what about the movie itself, the plot? It’s about this American, see, a bit of a hustler, and a rube. He’s not very bright, but thinks he’s smarter than he is. He hopes to get the girl, but ends up being easily manipulated by a murderous plutocrat, and finally accomplishes nothing except to cause misery, failure, and death to everyone around him.
Sound familiar?
Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Please take your stupid side chit chat pissing matches to Facebook. Not interested in having to scroll through your clutter. If you can’t stay on topic, then maybe you should refrain from posting.

bluegill on October 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Please take your stupid side chit chat pissing matches to Facebook. Not interested in having to scroll through your clutter. If you can’t stay on topic, then maybe you should refrain from posting.

bluegill on October 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Says the poster who has been subject to more collective venom on this site than anyone. I guess you’ve forgotten all the times I defended you when you were being torn apart by the very same people you are sucking up to now. I guess you think everyone suddenly loves you because you oppose amnesty? What a joke. And speaking of remaining on topic, could you at least throw in a gratuitous Palin bash since you don’t have anything better to do? This thread is getting boring.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Incredibly sad to see Ed Morrissey reduced to equating the ad hominem smear attempts against principled conservatives like Cruz with calling out those who are quick to surrender.

No one should be immune from criticism; none of us are infallible, not even principled conservatives. When there is someone who’s doing something wrong they should be called on it regardless of their political ideology. For the record, putting on a dog and pony show that gives people false hope and builds unrealistic expectations that a dream can be achieved easily clears the threshold for “doing something wrong”.

If there had been any doubt about what HotAir has become, there is no longer.

Sane?

I really hope the next blogger this site hires is a conservative and someone outside the usual clique. I want to see this site regain some of the passion and conservative values it had years ago.

bluegill on October 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Passion is necessary but it should be spent in the right places, i.e.: places where that passion has the potential to affect a victory. Blowing your emotional reservoir on cheap and hopeless political theatrics does no one any good, unless you count the Democrats.

alchemist19 on October 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The only way to dismantle ObamaCare is to win elections.

And the way to win elections is to have people like Cruz fighting for you up front on camera in their face

entagor on October 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

ROFL arkadian vs bluspedalien!

Murphy9 on October 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Bluegill, a word of advice.

You were far more effective as a Dem Troll when you were bashing Palin 24-7. Your posts were well-written, perceptive, intelligent, funny and, most importantly, true.

But this new routine, in which you’ve turned yourself into Palin, or rather a lame parody of Palin, is just not cutting it. Too shrill, too exaggerated, too fake. You’re like a tired, tipsy drag queen trying to do Joan Crawford after one showing of MILDRED PIERCE – the image is vaguely recognizable, but the details are off. Trust me, go back to what works.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

You should follow your own advice instead of continuously writing the same nonsense over and over despite the fact that your argument gets destroyed every time.

blink on October 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Reality and you parted way a LONG time ago, which you so acutely demonstrate here:

The hope wasn’t false, and the objective wasn’t a dream. Cowards like you, willing to give Obama whatever he wants, ruined the effort.

blink on October 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I still think you’re a troll. No one is this dense.

alchemist19 on October 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I think the one thing Cruz is beginning to find out is that John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer have the same agenda, to keep getting re-elected. All of them attacked Ted Cruz, all of them attacked the Republican House, and all of them are the establishment. When you really start to think about it, you understand it’s the establishment that’s given us a $17 trillion debt and doesn’t want to do what it takes to slow it down. What fight did McCain and Graham put up?

The people who same there’s not a dimes worth of difference between the parties is just lying. The establishment Democrats believe they get their power by sticking together, the establishment Republicans believe they get their power by sticking with the Democrats. THe only vote where the Republicans held their ground was Obamacare and the Democrats did the unthinkable, they passed it without Republican votes. I don’t believe, if I got stiffed like that by a political party, I’d be backing them on anything. Why do McCain et al, keep supporting the Democrats? They’re just used to losing and they’d rather lose and keep getting re-elected, than fight and take a chance.

bflat879 on October 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

How dare you call those efforts political theatrics.

Because I dare to speak the truth no matter how much people may wish it wasn’t so.

Cowards like you always become someone else’s b1tch. You’ve become Obama’s.

blink on October 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

And if you cheer just a little it harder it will be exactly what your favorite pro wrestler needs to help them win their match. Makes all the difference in the world. :)

alchemist19 on October 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Well, Bmore, I voted for Ronald Reagan, twice. And I can tell you one thing…Ted Cruz is no Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Did you come up with that “original” line all by yourself? I’m (not) impressed.

bw222 on October 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

The only way to dismantle ObamaCare is to win elections.

By itself that advice doesn’t work.

Electing Rubio and the rest of his gang didn’t close the borders, nor did re-electing McCain to complete the danged fence. Electing Bush and giving him a two house legislative majority led only to No Child Left Behind and a repudiation of Bush’s promise to abstain from nation-building that went far beyond Afghanistan and the necessary punishment for 9/11.

The respectable right routinely repudiates everything it ran for election on, once it gets elected.

Respectable pundits habitually mock the demand for “true believers” in office and say winning is everything. That theory has failed.

Winning only counts if you have candidates who are locked in solid. Winning with Rubios is just another way of losing.

David Blue on October 18, 2013 at 7:52 PM

bw222 on October 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Given that you are a paragon of groupthink, I wouldn’t be raising the issue of originality if I were you.

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

bw222 on October 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

You’ve got to work really hard to be the dead space in the conservative echo chamber, so there’s that to be proud of…

Mr. Arkadin on October 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

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