The Los Angeles Times headline said it all: "Rep. Paul Ryan Fails to Close Republican Divide." When this became Ryan´s job, or whether his now "controversial" Wall Street Journal op-ed was even an attempt at doing that, is anyone´s guess. But once again, Republicans have decided to cannibalize themselves viciously and needlessly instead of uniting over common goals. To be clear, the divide on the right isn´t over policy. No Republican I´ve met thinks Obamacare is good legislation. No one is suggesting capitulation on the debt ceiling. Everyone wants spending cuts, entitlement reform and deficit reduction. Where we´re divided is over tactics. Incidentally, Ryan
Ryan talks somewhat conservative but doesn´t accomplish anything. Like his supporters he doesn´t understand leadership. So in the final analysis S.E. Cupp is wrong. It isn´t hard to argue whether or not Ryan is a conservative. He is an establishment Republican, which isn´t the same thing.
The real difference between the two is not in the goal but the means. Cruz wants radical by pass - NOW. Ryan is recommending diet and regular exercise. Depends on what you think the patient is suffering from - elevated blood pressure or a heart attack.
Ryan is a sell out who sounds good, but runs away from the integrity of principle when the going gets tough. Ryan´s budget ideas were invigorating even though the demonrats would never allow them to see the light of day. So, Ryan has been quietly working on an "immigration" sell out.
If you don´t STAND for something, you will fall for anything.
Its too bad neither Mitt nor Ryan would utter the word "Benghazi" during the 2012 campaign...it cost them and the GOP RINOS the campaign--ANOTHER RINO establishment epic FAIL.
Thanks SE Cupp and CNN for trying to help us poor Republican conservatives...
Senator Cruz knows The federal government cannot keep spending 40% more that they take in. Cutting federal spending is like a silver bullet in a werewolf, or holy water on a vampire. The government employees MUST ridicule and denigrate ANYONE that suggests a decrease in the budget. Paul will do some insignificant reduction over a ten year period; Cruz will do some serious cutting this next year. Our Ruling Class cannot allow that to happen.
Read to the end. "...it should read "Team Cruz Rips Republicans Apart. Again." If he keeps it up, he´ll lose people like me who are with him on the policy, but quickly losing patience for his tactics."
She has a valid point. Cruz showed that he clearly wanted to lead and led a lot though throwing the ´bomb´ of government shutdown. And then...he slid into the background. Oh, occasionally, he has spoken out again...but he has really been in the background on trying to bring this impasse to a close.
If you convince everyone to follow your tactics, then you have to be ready to follow through when the results don´t turn out like you had hoped - because not all things go as planned. Cruz knew that defunding Obamacare was a longshot, but he wanted to try. It didn´t work...so then what? I´m one of many Republicans still waiting to hear.
And Stormcenter predictably agrees with Cupp. This is a perfect illustration of the establishment inertia conservatives must overcome. From Palin to Cruz; any conservative who stands up to the leftists will be demonized by the pundit class and those with vested interest in the status quo. That group of course, leaves out the rest of us who cheer for any glimmer of hope and common sense.
Agreed, #14. Cruz had an attractive idea, garnered a lot of enthusiastic support, but didn´t (or doesn´t) seem to have an endgame plan. Maybe it´s attributable to his newness in national politics, but it is disappointing and disheartening.
It´s about leverage and message discipline: Ryan´s proposed deal undercuts both. Reid should bring Ryan´s budget (already passed by the House) to the Senate floor, but if Obamacare is not seriously throttled back the other reforms will be too little, too late. Right now: the sequester, government "shutdown" (well, 17% of it at least), and the debt ceiling are all the leverage we have.
No more CRs - period. Let the government stay in "shutdown" mode until a proper budget is negotiated, debated, passed, and signed by the Emperor.
I love this RINO crap that Cruz doesn´t have an exit or end strategy. Did the founders know the Declaration would end with the surrender of Cornwallis? No! They put forth the case for what they knew in their souls to be right and just and then acted as times dictated. Ryan is a wonk and an politician. Cruz is a leader.
The typical Moderate RINO lovers stick up for Ryan. As long as 2,14 and 16 stick up for the status quo I will fight to save America, not let it die slowly. Your Moderate buds will keep losing until you gain more votes from the Left.
Ryan is a "social justice" type guy and that is contradictory to lower taxes and less government. He wants to amnesty just about the entire illegal alien population that may well amount to 20 million people. Once amnestied they could easily bring in another 20 million of their foreign relatives. The vast majority are poor, generally uneducated, when they can find work earn low wages and will thus have little or no tax liability, and will have to be highly subsidized by Americans who actually have a tax liability and who actually do pay taxes. History shows that such amnestied aliens, when they are eventually granted US voting rights vote for the Democrats in a percentage of near 85%. If that were to happen, the Democrats would be able to flip enough key states to the Democrat column to where the Republicans would have no chance to win future national elections and would always be a distinct minority in the Congress. All you have to do is look at the numbers to figure all that out.
Yes, I believe there are plenty of Democrats parading as Republicans on this thread. They are the ones fanning division within the party. I´m happy to stand with Ryan and Cupp and StormCnter. In fact, I find myself looking forward to 2014.
I realize there is a block of L-dotters who can be counted on to vehemently oppose Ted Cruz. They post the anti-Cruz articles, and write negative comments about him and those who support him. What I don´t understand is why they are so angry.
Perhaps we can have this discussion without all the personal invective. I neither know nor care what shoes my fellow posters have in their closets. I do care about the ideas in their heads and what they hold dear in their hearts. For what it´s worth, here are my thoughts.
I am a conservative. I support conservative ideas and candidates because I believe they are right for me and good for my country. I support the Republican Party to the extent that it stands for those candidates and ideas. All too often lately I find the GOP no longer stands with me but demands my vote. That I sometimes question that arrangement apparently makes me "divisive." So be it.
Whenever I hear about the "budget debate" I know Republicans have already lost it: There. Is. No. Budget. And there hasn´t been for years. There is just a lunatic kiting checks against our childrens´ bank accounts. No sane American should be in favor of allowing the United States Federal government to operate without a budget for 3 years. So here´s the deal: No more deals. No more compromises. Pass a balanced budget or stay shut down. No funding for Obamacare, no funding for White House tours, no funding for PBS, the NEA, EPA, DEA and a whole bunch of other useless stuff I don´t need in my life.
Check the list of those posting comments Against Sen. Cruz and you will see the very same list posting negative comments about Gov. Palin and they have the audacity to call themselves Conservatives..........wonder what Conservative means to them?
They push the RINOs and big government boys and girls of the Dems.
It is empirically evident that the philosophy of establishment republicans up to now has done nothing but benefit the democrats. So I totally disagree with the argument that nothing should be done without an "endgame plan". We need to fight any way we can. That we might lose is not a valid excuse for maintaining the status quo. What has that strategy done for us so far?
I suspect battlefield planners require an endgame. If this happens, we´ll do that, if that happens, here is the move. Leaping in without having some idea where we´re headed gets us to where we are now...the focus on something other than the spending cuts we have to have in the negotiations. We wasted time and energy on the futile defund tactic. Obamacare will collapse, we see it already. We lost sight of our major goal and now it may be too late to recover it.
Romney and Ryan showed that they clearly wanted to lead and then.... And then..they slid into the background. Oh, occasionally, they have spoken out again...but what was their end game? Be nice to Obama the press and the mushy middle will like us? And how did that work out?
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