WASHINGTON, September 25, 2013 — Texas Senator Ted Cruz took Washington by storm with his filibuster against Obamacare. Utah Senator Mike Lee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Florida Senator Marco Rubio helped out.
Unfortunately for both Cruz and America, Ted Cruz’s filibuster was doomed before it started.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell along with Texas Senator John Cornyn, Arizona Senator John McCain and other members of the Republican Establishment had already moved to the position of preemptive Republican surrender. McConnell and Cornyn were whipping votes to vote for cloture or, in other words, stop Cruz’s filibuster.
McConnell claimed in a press release that he wanted to stop Obamacare; he just disagreed on Cruz’s strategy of a filibuster.
Yet McConnell provided no details on his own strategy.
In baseball terms, it is the bottom of the ninth. The American people are trailing, there are two outs and our batter has two strikes. Ted Cruz at least wants to swing for the fences.
At best, Mitch McConnell wants to take the pitch and hope it is a ball.
In March, Rand Paul electrified the conservative movement with his filibuster. That filibuster wwas over drones.
Drones were not, and still are not, a hot button issue with the vast majority in the conservative movement. Yet Rand Paul lit everyone up.
Because the conservative movement has been begging the Republican Party to stand and fight for four years.
Ted Cruz is standing and fighting. That is a position so unusual for Republicans that the establishment leadership may need treatment for hysterical shock.
Cruz’s fight is revealing to the public the civil war that is now going on in the Republican Party and may split the party. The conservative wing of the party is sick and tired of the establishment wing.
Two weeks ago, conservatives in the House of Representatives revolted when Eric Cantor pushed another establishment trick that would have sent the continuing resolution bill that Cruz filibustered to the Senate. However, it would have had a provision that would have allowed the Senate to strip out the Obamacare defunding provision. he bill could have then been sent to Barack Obama for signature, without it having to go back to the House of Representatives for reconciliation.
Conservatives fought back and would not stand for yet another meaningless vote.
Conservatives are tired of the Republican establishment being satisfied with symbolic votes that never achieve victory for the conservative cause.
When Rand Paul or Ted Cruz stands to fight, conservatives follow. That is because conservatives want to fight. Conservatives are tired of the Republican Party simply being the party of surrender.
The rift has grown to the point where some conservative leaders are now rethinking their endorsements of Mitch McConnell for reelection.
There is a battle going on for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Ted Cruz represents the future of the GOP. Mitch McConnell has a choice. He can go with the future or he can be left in the past.
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