Not so fast, GOP establishment
People like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Pete King, and a host of others — not to mention the majority of GOP opinion-drivers — seem downright giddy over what Pete King jubilantly Tweeted was a “defeat” of Ted Cruz.
Now, leaving aside the strange, offputting, petty, and rather myopic luxuriating being engaged in over the supposed defeat by Republican dinosaurs and entrenched neostatists of a man who, having been elected by the grass roots in defiance of the Roveans, has tapped into the rage felt by those not being represented by their government, either through elections or by way of legislation being imposed on us against our collective will, one wonders why, exactly, King invests such a premium on a defeat of Cruz rather than a defeat of Obama and the left, who have, if Schumer gets his way and is able to create legislation using the “McConnell Rule”, completely obviated the need for the people’s House by requiring a super majority to overturn Executive prerogative to raise the debt ceiling?
And of course, there’s no need to answer that. It was a rhetorical question.
Still, the DC bubble exists, there can be no doubt, and it remains powerful thanks to the Senate minority leader’s decision to save the House majority leader from the hostage takers in the GOP caucus, allowing for a “compromise” in which the GOP received nothing. Which the GOP has since used to cite its disfavor voters, blaming that disfavor on the fighters, not those who worked doggedly to make sure the fight to save us from highly unpopular legislation — the compromise would have postponed implementation to all, not just Obama’s cronies, and forced Congress to live without the 75% taxpayer subsidy that guarantees their Cadillac plan — failed.
This, you see, is GOP victory, because it was a supposed blow to the real enemy: the TEA Party and the constitutionalists, those who George Will and others would like you to believe disavow the Constitution by trying to use their majority position in the House to check spending.
Up is down. Black is white. Forget the whites of their eyes; fire once from distance and then retreat!
But was it really the victory the GOP establishment hopes you’ll believe it to be? From the Washington Times, “Forget Ronald Reagan, Republican candidates race to be the next Ted Cruz”:
The competition to be the next Ted Cruz is extremely hot within the Republican Party, where a number of emerging challengers are hoping to capitalize on the newest brand name in conservative politics.
In Kansas, Milton R. Wolf opened his fundraising pitch to supporters last week by asking them whether he could be the next Cruz candidate. In Mississippi, Chris McDaniel announced his campaign to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran last week and welcomed the comparison to Mr. Cruz, calling it “a compliment.”
Then there’s Ben Sasse, a university president running for Nebraska’s U.S. Senate seat, who set state fundraising records by opposing Obamacare. He told the Lincoln Journal Star last week that he would have voted with Mr. Cruz to keep the government shut down last week, saying it was a better option than continuing to spend and run up debt.
[...]Online message boards are full of comments from tea party supporters calling for the ouster of Republican Party leaders, and vowing to support only those who espouse a tea party philosophy.
While attacked by most Democrats, many pundits and even some Republican leaders, Mr. Cruz is in the mainstream for rank-and-file Republican voters, according to Democracy Corps, a Democratic company run by James Carville and Stan Greenberg.
Polling at the height of the shutdown, Democracy Corps found that Mr. Cruz is wildly popular among tea party adherents and, while not necessarily well-known among evangelical Republicans, is popular among those who can identify him.
“Even as pundits label Cruz as ‘fringe,’ it is critical to remember that this is only true when talking about the national electorate,” the pollsters said. “In his own party, there is nothing ‘fringe’ about Ted Cruz. He is right at the center.”
Many of the groups that allied with Mr. Cruz in pushing to defund Obamacare now are backing candidates who seek to join him as reinforcements.
In Mississippi, Mr. McDaniel has won the backing of the Club for Growth, the Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund in his bid to unseat Mr. Cochran, who voted for last week’s debt and spending deal. Mr. McDaniel told National Journal that he would “certainly consider that a compliment” to be called the next Ted Cruz.
The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday it was backing Mr. Sasse in Nebraska, and SCF and the Madison Project already have backed businessman Matt Bevin in his Kentucky primary challenge to Republicans’ Senate floor leader, Mitch McConnell.
[...] Democrats were salivating at the prospect of Republicans nominating Cruz-like candidates.
“Do the math. Trying to out-Cruz Ted Cruz may be a winning GOP primary strategy in the South, but for anywhere else, it means Majority Leader Harry Reid for a long time to come,” said Christy Setzer, a Democratic strategist and president of New Heights Communications.
Funny how Ms Setzer is merely parroting McConnell’s 2008 pronouncement that the “era of Reagan is over” and that the GOP risks becoming a “regional Party” should it not embrace the kind of one-party deal making evident now both in the “McConnell Rule” and with the scrapping of the Hastert Rule. Of course, McConnell was proven wrong by the 2010 elections — just as the “salivating” Democrats were proven wrong by the nomination of Ronald Reagan, a candidate they were, too, “salivating” over running against, only to lose to him in a pair of electoral landslides.
So don’t believe for a moment the establishment Rockefeller wing of the party doesn’t see this. After all, there’s a reason they’ve decided to try to put down the grass roots insurgency by putting corporatist candidates up against TEA Partiers in primaries in an effort to beat back constitutionalism at a time when they have no answers for decreasing the size and scope of government, even assuming they wanted to, which I no longer do.
The GOP is at war not with Obama and the progressives. They are at war with us. And that’s because they are committed to their own eternal strategy: a managerial role of a big central government while never fighting a battle you can’t win!
Obama has proven he has nothing but sneering contempt for the feckless GOP leadership. Who fears his “historical” presidency and the wrath of failing newspapers and network news shows more so than they do their own base. And so they’re simply doing what they always do: picking the easier of the battles and fighting doggedly for their continued control over a Party whose base they no longer care about nor represent.
They will win a few battles this way. But in the end, they will lose the war. How they do so is up to them.