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GOP Establishment Tries to Torpedo Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, along with Senator Mike Lee, has been one of the chief warriors out on the frontlines of this battle to defund Obamacare. He appeared on Fox News Sunday today, but was under attack before he even made it on camera... by his own party nonetheless. Fox host Chris Wallace said he received opposition research from top Republicans to use against Ted Cruz.

“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.”

Senator John McCain, one of the establishment Republicans who has continued to push back against Cruz, told CNN's Jake Tapper last week, "In the United States Senate, we will not repeal, or defund, Obamacare. We will not."

Like McCain, many in the GOP establishment have complained that defund efforts led by Cruz in the Senate are pointless and hurt the party. Some of this whining from other Senators has to do with the attention Cruz has received on this issue. Keep in mind that as a freshman Senator, Cruz is supposed to stay behind the scenes, off the stage, away from big fights, and certainly not leading them. But, Ted Cruz doesn't bow to convention.

The drumbeat in the media, from the left and right, has been to just give up and compromise. Move on. Forget about it. Obamacare is the law of the land.

Well, compromise got us here; to a nation on the brink of financial collapse. Compromise got us to nearly $17 trillion in debt. Compromise got us an entitlement system which is now boasting over $123 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Compromise brought us a Congress which now openly touts that they do not have to follow the laws of the land which they impose on us.  

Compromise and "bipartisanship" are generally code words for conservatives rolling over and accepting whatever the Democrats want. Or, as Matt Kibbe says:

Whenever Republicans and Democrats are working together to screw the American people, they call it bipartisanship.

It's time for that to stop.

Win or lose, at least Cruz has the bravery to stand up against the Washington machine, and to represent the will of the people. Principle and conviction are hard things to find in the halls of Congress or the corridors of Washington bureaucracy. It's nice to see someone still has some fight. 

Dunnwatchin's picture

I am huge admirer of Ron Paul and I don't think he could have accomplished half of what he in terms of raising awareness and changing peoples minds outside of the republican party. And I think that guys like Cruz, Lee, Paul, and Amash are going to be most effective within the Republican Party where they can get access to fox new coverage and so on. That said I pray for the day when there is enough name recognition and grassroots support to begin a third party. I think a lot of people are thinking of the Tea Party as a future political party but I would much rather it be the Libertarian party. Lets face it this is the party that really get's it right and is on such philosophical high ground that it can move people from the left to the right. If it had a little star power, a hand full of well known veteran politicians, it could take off like a rocket and really put our countries political house in order. Currently the party has this kind of strange stigma and scares even some of the most ardent enemies of the status quo. Members of the Libertarian party are thrown way out on the fringe for being consistent and without contradiction in their thinking (as though integrity is too radical for our system). As the rift in the Republican party grows however the idea of the Libertarian Party emerging as a true 3rd party option for the voter becomes more possible.

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Jean Cooper

Ted Cruz and a handful of others are the only ones that seem the least bit interested in what the American citizens want. McCain, Graham and other out if touch Republicans are as much to blame for our out of control spending, failure to enforce immigration and current gun laws. If they would take the federal budget and do line item budgets they would save billions because there wouldn't be anywhere to hide the fraud and special interest spending. America's only hope is that the American people have had enough of this crap and ALL of these politicians are going to see sweeping voter outrage at the polls. Enough is enough. It is past time for the media to get their heads out of the little man with big ears butt and start doing journalism

Jonathan Gillispie

The effort to defund Obamacare will succeed in the end. The elite class can only ignore the American for so long before they're pushed over the edge. Just keep up the pressure to make this happen.

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