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Ted Cruz Won

October 23rd, 2013 - 7:57 am

It has become clear after the government shutdown that if Obamacare isn’t destroyed now, it will be with us forever. Waiting until after a series of elections to try to kill it is a fool’s errand. There will never be more support for ending Obamacare than there will be in the next few months. Once the dependency class hooks up their Obamacare IV, it’s game over.

Let’s inventory how Texas Senator Ted Cruz won territory in the government shutdown fight.

First, the Left knows victories are won through the fight.  This is the core of the new Alinskyite model of the Left — continuous agitation, continuous fundraising, continuous energy. The fight builds support and support builds the fight.

The Cruz-led fight over the last few weeks has done the same thing for conservatives.  Cruz strengthened the fight against Obamacare because he exposed the insider D.C. establishment in a way nobody else has.  True, polls show that Americans have a lower opinion of the Republican Party after the fight.  But many of those with a lower opinion are regular conservative Americans who saw the establishment members of the GOP turn and bolt in the face of the fight.  Over two million signed a petition supporting Cruz.  That’s a heck of an email list, generated almost overnight.

Deal-making and compromise have pushed the country toward fiscal catastrophe.  Only Cruz and his supporters stood fast, and Americans noticed.

Capture

Second, now is the time to wreck Obamacare.  Some in the GOP think they can win a couple of elections over the next few years and unravel the program once the GOP gains the White House.  This ignores the shrinking attention span of the body politic.  It also ignores the fact that many in the GOP are part of the problem. The establishment GOP needs a series of inside straights even to win the seats necessary to implement this plan.  Worse, the Republican Party seems unable to grasp the ground game of the new Left.  The Left changes the narrative in the short term and ends up winning long term.   Compromise is never the game. Battles are won each day, and not deferred.

What evidence does the GOP offer to show they are likely to draw those inside electoral straights necessary to repeal Obamacare after 2016?  What makes anyone think they will win the Senate or White House? It certainly isn’t the performance in 2012 where an unpopular incumbent saddled by economic malaise crushed a Republican known for compromise and civility.

Fighters win these days, and Obama knows how to fight.

What about support to delay Obamacare’s implementation?  That’s a ploy to save Obamacare.

Pay attention who is calling for a delay.  Partisans like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Stewart, Wolf Blitzer and Robert Gibbs know a delay today means preservation tomorrow.  That’s why they support it.   It is the modern Rope-a-Dope. Muhammad Ali famously employed his Rope-a-Dope to delay the fight, wear down, and eventually knock out his spent opponents.  Focusing on Obamacare’s delay, and not its destruction, is an effort to preserve Obamacare.

Rope a Dope

Rope a Dope.

Some in the GOP were annoyed by Ted Cruz leading the fight to defund Obamacare.  They claimed that if Cruz didn’t muddy up the debate, the failures of Obamacare would have been cleanly on display during the program’s rollout.  Right.

The failures have only gotten worse now that the shutdown is over.

So have at it.  Show us you’re right.

The failures of Obamacare couldn’t be worse.  Obamacare has become a punch line, a joke, a catastrophic catastrophe, squared.  So have at it.  Prove that a shutdown-less environment could lead to killing off the program.  Go win the narrative you said you could win.

But we may learn that the Cruz-led fight focused the nation on the failures of Obamacare in a way that no pundit or consultant can match.  If the Cruz-less narrative fails to win the field and end Obamacare, then Cruz wins yet again.

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Cruz talked for over 20 hours, 20 hours, and he didn't call one Democrat a racist. How did he do that? It seems the Democrats can't hold a new conference, or put out an ad, without calling someone a racist. It's not that the Democrats aren't racist, they're more racist than anyone, it's just that Republicans have a lot more to say.
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Personally, I can't believe how deeply, soul-deadeningly disappointed I am in John McCain.

He really has no idea what Sarah Palin did for him. He would have lost by twice what he did without her.

Now on his own, he is a loser of the first degree.
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Fighters win these days, and Obama knows how to fight.

No, he just has media collaborators at his disposal. Obama makes a lot of fighting noises, but a lot of the actual work is done by others. In spite of that advantage, staying resolute and taking the fight directly to him will cause him to back off. The only reason we haven't seen more of that is because the Republicans always cave first.
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When I was in high school, the Young Republicans had short hair and thick glasses. They made some good points, but lost on optics. Now these same folks are running the Republican party. Do you wonder why we're losing?

If your heart is too weak for Ted Cruz's tactics, then please get out the way and retire to your fainting couch!
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The article makes a good point that it is stupid now for repubs to push for a delay. They offered a delay in the compromise 2nd house CR, and obama/reid shutdown the gov rather than accept it. If there is to be any delay now, let all the dems demand it, and repubs can reluctantly join in, but only after dems admit that they should have taken the delay offered in the compromise CR and avoid the gov shutdown, and because of that the shutdown was the fault of obama/reid, not the house. And while reluctantly accepting the delay, they should constantly say the delay is only putting a band aid on the disaster, and repeal is much better. Lets the dems choke on this disaster, there is no reason why repubs should lose any political capital now to rescue them from it.
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"only after dems admit that they should have taken the delay offered in the compromise CR and avoid the gov shutdown, and because of that the shutdown was the fault of obama/reid"
That's what reasonable, honorable people might do. That's not who they are.
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THE 16 DAY GOV'T SHUTDOWN

cost the struggling US economy a whopping $24 billion. And the GOP is rightly blamed for it. But to date there have been 18 shutdowns: 15 by Democrats 3 by Republicans. Question: How many billions did Democrat shutdowns cost the economy? For the answer click www.apollospeaks.com
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Silly bean counting. Won't add a single vote. Drop in the bucket. How many trillions have the Democrats cost the economy- start with FDR ...
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Good point that the dems have caused far more shutdowns than repubs. But the GOP was falsely blamed for this shutdown. Remember the house withdrew the defund demand, and offered a compromise 1 yr delay, 1 day before the shutdown, a very sensible compromise now given the web site disaster. Obama/Reid could have avoided the shutdown by acepting that very sensible 1 yr delay, which given the disastrous website would have even been good for obamacare. Instead obama/reid shutdown the gov to avoid a 1 yr delay that many dems are now having to ask for themselves. The shutdown is mainly the fault of obama/reids no negociations with hostage takers rigidity, and came about because obama/reid cynically thought they could falsely blame repubs for it, which given the connivance of the MSM, and the foolishness of some rhinos who agreed with the false blame the tea party narrative, turned out to be right.
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Just a note on entitlements and ObamaCare, which directly impacts how people chose/choose to fight it.
The assumption was/is that, since ObamaCare is an entitlement, that it will be impossible to get rid of once implemented. Ted Cruz and his compatriots assume(d) that, as long as it wasn't in effect that repeal was possible. IMO that was and still is illogical. Either entitlements are impossible to repeal once passed. Or not.
However, I look on the entitlement created by ObamaCare differently than other entitlements simply because it is implemented differently. For example, there are anonymous 'others' who benefit from FICA taxes and SS taxes are intended for the original payer to receive upon retirement. We know that's not exactly how it works, but that's for another debate. I'm talking about perception.
The difference between those entitlements and ObamaCare is that the donors are impacted immediately and HARD. Looking at increasing their family deductible by thousands while also having a higher premium is completely different than having more and more being taken from paychecks every year. It's sticker shock and that's what can and, hopefully, will defeat ObamaCare. It's so 'in your face' achievers!' that Ted Cruz's grand standing wasn't necessary to get the attention of those who are pulling the national wagon.
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Finally, a PJ Media writer that gets it. Walter Hudson and Rick Moran sure as hell don't.

We've exposed the ineffectual politicians, now we work to end their careers. We continue arguing forcefully and convincingly for the benefits of limited government.

The incompetence that led to the Obamacare web site disaster is just a drop in the bucket compared to the incompetence that awaits us once the bureaucracy of its daily operation kicks into high gear. The web site should have been easy to build compared to the bureaucracy required to run the day to day operation of the beast. Remember, Sebelius and Obama led that effort too. It has to be stopped before that catastrophe happens.
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I think the healthcare.gov situation gives us a second chance. I've worked in software R&D, and I can tell you it won't be sorted out any time soon. There's another column on this site that explains it better than I could.

This is really bad for the administration. It's a game changer. I don't think Cruz appreciates how big a deal the Website mess is.
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The web site is never going to work. Obamacare will never work. It's the mother of all half-assed, half-cocked liberal utopian fantasies. We're talking 1/6 of the economy here. In order for it to work, people at every level would have to pretend it was working and go along with the sham- that's not going to happen in this case.
Remember this:

http://kevinbrady.house.gov//images/user_images/Obama%20Chart.jpg
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Just wanted to say that I believe you are wrong about conservative reactions. Most of my friends are conservative, but they know relatively little about how Washington works. They were VERY concerned about the government shut-down, and unfortunately never encountered anything in the MSM to change that opinion. (Yes, they hate Obamacare.) The good news is that people always forget that stuff by the next election. I'm not sure what it would take to get them to remember something a politician had done - look who's running for mayor of New York!!!
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I'll give an another anecdotal take. All of my co-workers are apolitical. Only ONE mentioned the shutdown, when he couldn't use the ramp at the state park lake. On the other hand, Obamacare has been discussed, negatively, at least 8 times in the last 3 weeks. I think Christian is spot on.
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Let it burn.
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Thank you Mr. Adams, your articles are always a pleasure to read.

That said, let me see if I can answer a couple of the points raised in the previous comments. One is the question about naming a govt. program that has ever been repealed. The main one that comes to mind is Prohibition but how many years did it take and at what cost? Bootleggers, mobsters and organized crime syndicates really came to life because of that one and the American people helped them along because they ignored the law that was so bad they wanted nothing to do with it.

Now, about the liberal, RINO Republicans. How did we wind up with so many of them and how did they rise to the top of the party? I can see some slipping in from the Blue States where they have to be leftist to even get considered for election but where did the rest of them come from and how do we get rid of them? I'm really favoring term limits but that would still involve a lot of time to cause some serious damage. Not as much as those that seem to be serving a life time though. I really think the TEA Party is the best thing that has ever happened to the Republican party. I don't agree with everything they stand for but most of their ideas are something that we've needed to start getting back to what our Founding Fathers wanted for us.

As for Obamacare, yes, it should be killed, buried and forgotten. If it is allowed to get a foothold it could take years to get rid of. The Republicans need to agree on a plan that can replace it then keep shouting to the high heavens until the MSM have to cover it. Take it back home with them and present it to their people at town hall type meetings and local press outlets. Get the people talking about it and the MSM won't be able to bury it. They might try to ridicule it and disprove it but if enough real people know what's in it the MSM won't stand a chance.
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"The Republicans need to agree on a plan that can replace it "
Why replace it? The American health care system is not broken. Ask anyone what's wrong with it and the answer boils down to 'it costs too much'. And it costs too much because of government interference. No plan from government will ever fix that. Two simple things will fix it- decouple health insurance from employment by letting individuals write it off their taxes just like businesses can and allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.
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Sen Cruz and Sen Lee won, and they also made it clear that conservatives have had nothing to do with this bill, and the failure is that of the media, of the libs and of those that voted for this coming train wreck.
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