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Not So Fast, Senator Cruz
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/30/2014 6:39:42 AM

Senator Ted Cruz is tired of talking about the government shutdown. “I understand that there are a lot of folks in the media that love to talk about the shutdown from four months ago,” he told reporters: What we ought to be talking about is the fact that we have the lowest labor force participating in 30 years since 1978, that Obamacare has taken away more than 5 million people’s health insurance plans, that people are hurting, that income inequality has increased under the Obama agenda and that there is an abuse of power and lawlessness.(Snip)Now why oh why would Senator Cruz


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 1/30/2014 6:49:45 AM     (No. 9711162)

If the ´Surrender Caucus´ would have held their ground and made the Senate pass a budget to be voted on, and signed by Our Dear Reader, things would have been different.

Instead, the RINO´s in charge made a stand, then folded with victory in sight...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tisHimself, 1/30/2014 6:51:45 AM     (No. 9711164)

How´s about this: until the usual painted ladies of the Rove caucus and uber liberal pseudo Republican pundits like Peter Wehner start acknowledging how wrong they were in their stratergies and tactics that foisted on the American public a well financed inevitable failure, we just marginalize them.

Cruz, Rove, Lee, DeMint and the Heritage Foundation aren´t the problem. Stop scapegoating the Conservative base.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 1/30/2014 7:10:55 AM     (No. 9711179)

Peter Wehner? His mother must have really hated him. No wonder he´s such a bitter liberal.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MissMolly, 1/30/2014 7:15:29 AM     (No. 9711184)

Aw, #3. It´s pronounced way-nuhr, but you´re right. The name probably caused elementary school giggling.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: edgar, 1/30/2014 7:44:52 AM     (No. 9711216)

One of the proposals offerred by Cruz & Co was to delay the implementation of Obamacare. This would have been a great idea for Obama, as it is a disaster that no one yet can determine the impact of. The Obama Admin cannot tell us who has signed up, who has paid premium and medical providers and insurers do not know who is covered. Obama would not budge/negotiate. Now that Obama has full and complete ownership for creating this looming mand made disaster, he is asking Republicans to help him make it better.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/30/2014 7:49:16 AM     (No. 9711225)

Other than the inconveniences induced by our perpetually petulant perverse president, I would like someone to tell me who suffered. The ´government shutdown´ was nothing more than the MSM trying gin this up this into a ´holocaust´ to punish conservatives.
It´s what they do for a living.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/30/2014 7:56:33 AM     (No. 9711230)

"Other than the inconveniences induced by our perpetually petulant perverse president, I would like someone to tell me who suffered."

The media made sure the public understood that terrible things happened and that it was all the GOP´s fault. Nothing terrible happened, of course, but the "GOP´s fault" meme stuck.

The better question is "who gained". Only Senator Cruz benefitted, with a raised profile and successful fundraising efforts. The whole effort was an exercise in self-service.

Even Senator Lee, who stood with Cruz, has suffered big poll damage in his home state.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 1/30/2014 8:30:19 AM     (No. 9711270)

I believe you and Wehner are wrong #7. Leadership and principle as demonstrated by Ted Cruz are what the GOP is lacking and why the party is representative of very few of the electorate. The GOP has played a stalemate chess game while the Democrats have played serial chicken and consistently won.

Peter Wehner´s style is to denigrate conservatives´ actions wherever and whenever possible. He has nothing constructive to offer and in fact has undermined all who perform constructive actions.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/30/2014 8:39:15 AM     (No. 9711284)

Despite the best efforts of the MSM and some posters here, there is no real long term damage to Cruz. By this fall, a year after the shutdown, the LoFo´s, as well as most other Americans (except the MSM and some posters here) will say "What shutdown?".

However, by the time The Messiah leaves office, almost everyone (including the MSM and some posters here) will be wishing he had managed a permanent shutdown.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: suedotsue, 1/30/2014 9:01:05 AM     (No. 9711325)

ObamaCare is by no means fully owned by Obama. John Boehner has never allowed a standalone up or down vote to defund ObamaCare to come to the floor which he could´ve done starting in Jan. 2011. The House has sole power of the purse, can´t be vetoed by Senate or Pres. The whole reason we gave the House all those people in Nov. 2010 was so they could defund O´Care. And they laughed in our face. Further, ObamaCare has never been approved by the House as a tax. All taxes must be approved by the House. John Roberts only said it was legal as a tax. In 2009 Senate Repubs. approved O´Care death panel funding in Obama stimulus, made no fuss about it. As to the so-called shutdown and Utah polls v Mike Lee, no sale. I haven´t seen the poll questions, the cross tabs, etc., but an onslaught of negative media coverage started against Lee a long time ago, so it´s logical to assume it had an effect. This in no way means Sen. Lee did anything wrong. Mitt Romney has Utah covered real well. He put on a big convention of rich guys in Utah last June to once and for all stamp out impediments to bi-partisanship (meaning conservatives). It´s been reported Josh Romney is considering running for Sen. Mike Lee´s seat. Romney´s finance chair announced he´d work against Lee. The left liked former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett. To them, nothing else matters except getting rid of Sen. Lee. As it happens, Romney and the GOP agree with the left and are putting everything they have into the same cause. This was going full force before anyone heard of a shutdown.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/30/2014 9:09:43 AM     (No. 9711341)

I´ll tell ya who "gained", #7. We did. The people. We learned alot from the shutdown. For lots of folks, it was their first peek behind the disfunctional curtain of government.

Perhaps the shutdown will sway votes, perhaps it will give rise to more conservatives, maybe we have a chance at fixin some stuff. But, your against that, it will upset the government cabal that is just working soooo well for the GOP and Dems.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/30/2014 9:14:44 AM     (No. 9711356)

Fortunately the Senate has a couple of Senators in Cruz and Lee who are more concerned about the country and their citizens rather than seeking their next election credentials and profiting from Insider Trading, etc.

Are these individuals hated by some because they are the recipients of the endorsement by Gov. Palin?

Senator Cruz steadfastly stated the main objective was to defund obamacare. The house passed bill after bill to fund the government and the self-made millionaire of ´fishy´ land deals in Nevada, the esteems Majority Leader of the Senate REFUSED to bring them to the floor for a vote.
It seems there are some who cannot appreciate the truth and desire only to support those who make promises and do not deliver. The go along to get along crowd is no longer the flower children of Congress.

Glad to see 8 names on the list for the Senate position in Texas. May be hard to see a slick talker get 50% of the vote right off the bat.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ivehadit, 1/30/2014 9:20:15 AM     (No. 9711371)

Well, well, well. (Financial) Charles on Foxnews just told us that government spending was down during the shutdown and the stock market thrived and JOBS WERE CREATED during this time. The GDP for the 4th quarter was 3.2%. "Get government out of the way"...

Anyone still operating with a 20th century political playbook (apparently like you, Peter) just will not get it. Ted Cruz, in a grand way, showed the country what conservatives stands for. And what conservatives are against...with courage.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Doctor P, 1/30/2014 9:25:08 AM     (No. 9711387)

Sen Cruz understands that while he made a bold statement that caused the media and the rest of the country to take notice, another battle is not necessarily healthy.

Similarly, I am glad that we won WW II but am not sure I want to have another.

Perhaps the author wants to and fight for the other side.

The real victory on the issues cannot be had without winning elections.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ramona, 1/30/2014 9:33:30 AM     (No. 9711404)

Thank you, Poster #10 for the inside scoop from Utah on Sen. Lee. The underbelly of the Glamour Class/Go-Along-to-Get-Along GOP establishment is once again exposed for its hostility to Conservatives.

The GOP is more than willing to ostracize its base, even if it means losing crucial elections. They put Party over Country every time it seems. Of course, in their defense, it must be terribly embarrassing to be stuck with a vocal contingent of pro-life, pro-traditional values members.

Then again, they can always blame the Conservatives when they do lose; thus they avoid soul-searching on the issues that seem to most divide the Conservative Base from the Establishment -the morality of abortion and the redefinition of marriage, or the confiscation of earnings for the support of Big Government.

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/30/2014 11:50:59 AM     (No. 9711694)

There isn´t anything in this article that isn´t true. Pretending that the press didn´t villainize the Republicans is pointless.

Of course nothing bad happened as a result off the shutdown. The press, however, said that terrible things happened, and people believed the press. And the shutdown accomplished nothing.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: judy, 1/30/2014 12:12:06 PM     (No. 9711750)

Cruz, this is all they have . Let them vent.

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