House Republicans: Ted Cruz killed our amnesty

posted at 6:41 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s no man or woman in red-state America these days with more power than Cruz to set a new conservative litmus test. But c’mon: How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform? It’s like blaming Rand Paul for turning libertarians against the NSA. He plays a useful role in bringing attention to the issue, but those people turned on their own initiative ages ago. Same here.

Cruz won’t mind being blamed for this one, though.

House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as “amnesty,” spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans…

Later that day [on January 30th, when the House GOP released its immigration principles], while Boehner was closeted with colleagues miles from the nation’s capital, Cruz used back-to-back television appearances to invoke the politically charged word “amnesty” to characterize the legalization offered by Boehner’s plan.

By the time the GOP caucus broke up and Boehner headed back to Capitol Hill on Jan. 31, the House speaker was backtracking. Republican lawmakers so distrusted President Obama’s readiness to enforce any immigration law that GOP lawmakers would not support immigration reform before the 2014 midterm congressional elections in November, Boehner declared.

Asked about his influential remarks Tuesday, Cruz said the Boehner plan was “inconsistent with the rule of law” and “a political mistake,” adding that he was “glad to see Republicans in the House agreed.”

Would any tea-party Republicans in the House have embraced the leadership’s immigration plan if Cruz had kept quiet? It’s not pressure from big-name conservatives that keeps them in line, it’s the fact that they come from overwhelmingly red districts and know what backing amnesty would mean for their primary chances. The more interesting thought experiment is what would have happened if Cruz had shocked the world and declared that Boehner’s plan sounded promising. That might have shaken loose some conservative votes for amnesty; there’s no sturdier political cover on the right at the moment than being able to say that Ted Cruz supports your position. I wonder if he’s ever tempted to do it, if only to bigfoot rivals like Rubio and Rand Paul by showing them he can bring righties around on an immigration deal to an extent that they can’t. Or maybe he doubts that he even has that much cachet. If Rubio’s tea-party cred could be incinerated in one stroke by trying to lead on this issue, why on earth would Cruz touch it?

His next conservative venture, incidentally, is the State Marriage Defense Act, which he introduced with Mike Lee yesterday. That’s a response both to the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last year, striking down part of DOMA, and to Holder’s announcement earlier this week that the DOJ will begin acknowledging same-sex marriages as legitimate for federal legal purposes (e.g., invoking the spousal privilege during federal trials) regardless of whether the underlying state law recognizes them or not. Cruz’s and Lee’s bill would force the feds to follow state marriage law as guidance on that. It’s going nowhere in the Senate, needless to say, but it’s a smart bit of politics in both tackling a subject of social conservative concern and proposing a federalist solution to it that centrists can live with.

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What gets me is that the Grand Ole Progressives don’t listen to a word we say, and then all of a sudden Ted Cruz and the Tea.Party is to blame. Priceless

Brock Robamney on February 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM


Schadenfreude on February 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

The other Bmore

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?


lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

That right there has got to be my favorite post. I almost fell outa my chair when I first read it in real time. Almost did it again! Thanks for bringing it back.

P. Logan on February 14, 2014 at 1:41 AM

I love Ted Cruz. I am so happy that I voted for him and that he is my Senator. I would love it if he ran for President. :)

Theophile on February 14, 2014 at 4:29 AM

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Northeastern moderates are fine for northeastern moderate land, the nation wants someone who is going to make a difference. And that is a conservative.

Cindy Munford on February 14, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Se HE is the “one”!

trs on February 14, 2014 at 7:22 AM

He can definitely work a crowd and knows how to add a dramatic touch to his speeches:

bluegill on February 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

‘Their’ amnesty? Thank God for Cruz.

rennyangel2 on February 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Cruz 2016!

neyney on February 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

First special election I ever voted in was the Cruz run-off.
Glad I did.

Herod on February 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Late to the thread but wanted to share a cspan interview of Trey Gowdy, first part addressing immigration. He does not mention amnesty at all.

Then there is this piece.

How can you square being a former prosecutor with a belief in fairness and the rule of law with granting amnesty?

pillepalle on February 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

He’s pizzin off the right people !


stenwin77 on February 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Cruz has my vote if he runs…

Nineball on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Cruz has my vote if he runs…

Nineball on February 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Same here!

Bob Davis on February 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Regarding “Amnesty.”

The funny thing, I don’t know when a bill has amnesty in it and when it doesn’t. If people who are here illegally now, get to apply for anything, then everything is amnesty. I kind of think of amnesty associated with people who are running around our country doing crime, and then the deportation doesn’t happen.

So, regarding “Amnesty.” After discussing this ad nauseum with my smarter half, hubby, we have decided, that the kind of people we are talking about, will NEVER do the paperwork to get legal.

The reason they are in the shadows is that they NEED to be in the shadows.

There is no decree, even from the President himself, that will bring them forward, they only survive because they work under the table and get multiple EBT cards with their multiple identities.

They don’t want ONE legal driver’s license, and to have to pay for car insurance. They don’t want to drive legally because they can’t afford that if they are treated like regular residents. The appearance that they like to work is because they don’t pay taxes or SS and are not discouraged by the government taking all their proceeds.

They have no intention of claiming amnesty, because then they can’t move forward with amnesty. They had a visa once, perhaps it said it was time to go home, and they didn’t go. The President’s uncle Omar did not report to be deported. They are lawless and laugh at the law, they will laugh at the new laws. They will continue to work under the table and compete unfairly in the traditionally male hard work industry.

So, when you talk of Amnesty, you also need to talk about the penalty for non compliance with Comprehensive Immigration Reform, what is it, how and when it will be enforced. They will not pay a fine, they will not show up even if you give out free driver’s licenses because they don’t want one identity.

And if somehow they are forced to limit themselves, they will need housing, welfare, EBT and services, because they will be just like American workers, and in a bind.

The labor problems in this country could be solved by getting the government out of ruining good jobs, the governmental cost of hiring employees makes salaries too small, and discourages work. The demand from some sectors right now…will still exist if these workers are put on a level playing field with American workers, they are only useful if they are foreign underpaid workers.

Fleuries on February 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?


lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Behold the rare occasion when one of our trolls so completely discredits himself that he can no longer show his face around here. This has to be my favorite stupid liberal trick ever on this site.

stvnscott on February 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Ted Cruz had backbone. I like that quality in a presidential candidate.

joecollins on February 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Glad to see Ted Cruz getting credit for a job well done — blocking Amnesty.

DaMav on February 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Glad to see Ted Cruz getting credit for a job well done — blocking Amnesty.

DaMav on February 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

This time. He may not be around for the next big push. And there will be another big push. You can bet the farm on it.

gryphon202 on February 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM


The ‘New and Improved’ Ted Cruz Infuriates His Colleagues Again

For a while, it looked as if Sen.Ted Cruz (R-TX) had extended an olive branch to his Republican colleagues.

After battling with Senate Republicans for much of 2013, prompting tense confrontations and occasional shouting matches, the Tea Party darling with the sharp elbows and towering presidential ambitions seemed to be getting along well with most of his GOP colleagues, Politico reported recently.

Cruz privately assured his colleagues he wouldn’t raise money for a conservative group attacking GOP senators. He privately dined with his nemesis, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who had berated him for mounting a filibuster over Obamacare funding that led to a 16-day government shutdown. And Cruz even allowed the Senate to leave early for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day recess by dropping demands for what would have been another futile attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act.

But it was back to business as usual on Wednesday when Cruz temporarily blocked a final vote on a House-passed bill to raise the debt ceiling through March 2015 in a market-rattling performance. In so doing, he forced a dozen Republicans – including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, the number two Republican — to cast politically hazardous votes to break the gridlock and pass legislation.

“It was painful to watch,” Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) said after the final vote.

According to an account by The Washington Post, “All the political unrest that has roiled the Republican Party in recent years—the establishment vs. conservative outsiders who threaten incumbent Republicans with primary challenges from the right—was on full display.”

As he has repeatedly done before, the freshman Cruz placed himself in the thick of the debate by foiling a parliamentary agreement that McConnell and Reid had concocted that would have allowed a simple majority – meaning all the Democrats – to approve the new debt ceiling.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Please run in 2016 Senator Cruz!

TexasMoonshine on February 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The RINO’s dare not point out the commie Democrats lies as they tell the same ones worded in snake rino speak.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Illegal aliens are seen everyday; on street corners, working in restaurants, on construction sites, on landscaping crews, etc. They are in our schools and colleges. They are being treated in our emergency rooms for free. They get food stamps and welfare. Many of them vote. The only “shadow” is the one being cast by the politicians and business people to cover their criminal disregard for the rule of law.
Thank God for Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Mike Lee. More and more, these three brave souls are the only voices that speak on behalf of the American people.

fight like a girl on February 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

What killed our country was the GOP and their bending over for anything the Democrats want!

flytier on February 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Cruz; the GOP elites number one enemy.
Those uppity principled conservatives will feel the wrath of the party and Karl Rove’s big guns for daring to think they have a say in Washington’s government.

Don L on February 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Behold the power of a man who can gerrymander an entire state!

Meremortal on February 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

It couldn’t have been blamed on a better person.

UnstChem on February 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

What is a “Centrist” you ask?
One of the opposition party who agrees with me!

Herb on February 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Credit to Cruz if this is true. He’s doing what he was elected to do.

It’s a political mistake to worry about DOMA now. Gay marriage will die its own death in time, like disco and platform shoes. The fever just has to run its course. Cruz should turn to the economy and how Democrat policies do everything they can to depress and undermine it.

I don’t support Cruz for president because he’s effective where he is, will be subject to “natural-born” controversy, but more importantly, as a senator, does not have executive credentials. He needs to build conservative support and strength in the Senate and replace the current disastrous leadership. Cruz needs to finish his job in the Senate.

virgo on February 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM

We’re living in the nightmare created by the “hope and change crowd.” I’m ready to wake up to some change that actually has hope. Yea Ted Cruz! Just a man with some guts, not a messiah!

patrician42 on February 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM