Cruz’s last stand
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
September 25, 2013 11:28 AM | 1419 views | 9 9 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I’m pretty sure Sen. Ted Cruz, the tea party flavor of the month, never thought it would go this far when he demanded a government shut down if Obamacare wasn’t defunded.

Cruz probably hoped he could ride the right wing media gravy train long enough to become a household name in the run up to his presidential bid in 2016, then jump off the locomotive just before it plummeted off the fiscal cliff.

Cruz got the recognition he wanted, alright, but he should have been careful what he wished for.

The cliff is just up yonder ’round the bend and the Texas “whacko-bird” (John McCain’s words, not mine) is still at the controls of this crazy train. If it indeed crashes - and it looks for all the world like that’s going to happen next Tuesday - Republicans will have a lot of ’splainin’ to do come the midterm elections.

I love all the tea party chatter about Cruz and his pals, Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Rand Paul, being some kind of patriotic heroes, standing up for principle and doing what the Founding Fathers would do.

This is utter nonsense. The Founders compromised, found common ground, gave a little to get a little, and sought agreeable disagreement. Above all, they respected the rule of law and Obamacare is, undeniably, the law of the land.

Barack Obama campaigned on healthcare reform in 2008 and it was a major reason why he was elected president. Obamacare was passed by the House and Senate, signed into law by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court, and re-litigated in the 2012 election during which Mitt Romney staked his candidacy on repealing Obama’s signature legislation – and lost.

Cruz abhors this Constitutional process. He wants to circumvent it, not because he thinks it will be bad for the country. On the contrary; as his buddy Mike Lee told Rush Limbaugh, the reason to kill Obamacare is “because people will like it.”

So Cruz and crew are frantically working on behalf of the health insurance industry, which stands to lose if Americans win because they like Obamacare. 

This also explains why Gov. Nathan Deal has failed to implement Medicaid expansion and set up a state-run health insurance exchange in which insurers would be forced to compete for the business of Georgia’s two million uninsured.

A government shutdown will prove a pyrrhic victory for Cruz and the tea party. As in 1995-1996, his party, including those Republicans who think Cruz is nuts, will be blasted by voters for letting it happen and the GOP will pay for it at the polls a year from now.

When the government re-starts operations after a week or so and Obamacare is funded despite all of Cruz’s machinations, he’ll finally be relegated to the GOP’s back bench where he belongs. 

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Lib in Cobb
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October 01, 2013
@Guido: Since "everybody knows", why do I remain anonymous?
Guido Sarducci
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September 30, 2013
Foely, if you wrote anything of substance, I would be more careful about the spelling and grammar in my response. Alas,the same slop every time. Throw out the liberal looney propoganda and launch insult-laden attacks on anybody who questions you. You are truly predictable and pitiable.

And, as for you alter-ego, Lib in Cobb, everybody knows why he doesn't reveal his identity and why you never question him about. It's a big joke among us adults.
Lib in Cobb
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September 27, 2013
@Kevin: I fully understand why someone with Guido's intellect would want to remain anonymous. I have much different reasons.
Kevin Foley
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September 27, 2013
@ Lib - Pearls before swine. Guido doesn't even have the cajones to use his real name. Plus, he evidently can't afford a computer with spellcheck. Pathetic.
Lib in Cobb
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September 27, 2013
@Guido: The ACA is the most important piece of legislation since The Civil Rights Act. Every president for the last 50 years, including your hero Ronnie, has discussed the need for healthcare for all. If Ronnie was able to get the legislation passed or "Daddy" Bush, or "Baby" Bush you and your decaying party would have been all over this with joy. The problem here is, it's not the idea of healthcare for all, it is, WHO got it done.

The GOP continues to dream about what might have been if President Obama had not beaten the best and the brightest of your party. TWICE! The best and the brightest was a tired old man with tired old messages and a running dope with no message at all. The second candidate was a man who was completely out of touch with the American public and a toxic running mate.

What continues to amaze me is that, your party knows exactly what the problem is, they know what changes have to be made and THEY ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT.

The GOP could very well be the first political party of major consequence to legislate themselves into obscurity.

The ACA is not perfect, but it is a big step forward. Yes, this legislation will succeed and it's worth every penny watching the heads of the GOP explode.

Have a nice day.
Guido Sarducci
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September 26, 2013
Foley/aka Lib. Dreamers, both of you. Foley, first of all Cruz did not demmand a shutdown if Foolbamacare was not defunded. That is on the President's head. He has sai dhe would veto a spending bill that defunds his pet project. He will be the one causing the shut down, not the GOP.

You guys keep telling that same lie and nobody believes it any more.
Kevin Foley
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September 26, 2013
Laura, I never attack your character. I just think you watch too much Fox and listen to too much Limbaugh.

As for Raphael Cruz, the only thing I fear is that he'll stop making an ass of himself. He's the gift that keeps on giving for progressive wags like me. BTW, did you see the GQ profile on him? He wouldn't study with anyone at Harvard Law who went to a "lesser Ivy." In the words of Rick Santorum, "what a snob!"

Have a look at how well received Raphie's 21-hour "silly-buster" was by his GOP Senate colleagues. He goes nowhere without the Republican establishment and he is now dead to them.
Laura Armstrong
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September 26, 2013
Foley, you've never been so wrong. Cruz has established himself as a youthful, energetic leader, one who appeals to those of us looking for real courage as Obama decimates our country and its unique place in the world. Whether one is a social conservative, a libertarian conservative or just...doesn't know....Cruz has filled the void where few other Republicans dared go and you know your party is scared to death of him and his fortitude. He's the whole package and isn't afraid to stand up and work hard. Let's see where this goes. I think you're going to be very disappointed when all's said and done. And oh, you don't have to reply to me with an attack on MY character. This is not personal.
Lib in Cobb
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September 26, 2013
The GOP has done nothing to change their image in order to embrace the ever changing population of the US. The self-promotional speech by Cruz does not help the GOP at all, it does prove however, that the GOP intends to continue on the same self-destructive path it has been on since the campaign of 2008.

"whacko bird", I love it.
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