With all the Republican elitist consternation and wind-baggery about the liberty-minded wing of the party trying to defund Obamacare, you’d be hard-pressed to know who’s playing for which team these days. Gloria Borger told Anderson Cooper on Thursday that she talked to a “senior Republican” who said Republican leaders were more angry with the defunders than with Obama.
More angry with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee than with President Obama who is tanking our economy and steering our foreign policy ship into dystopian, post-superpower waters? If true, the comment is very instructional about the lack of contrast between the GOP establishment and the Democrats.
“Republicans will get blamed for a government shut down,” they say or, “We’ll lose the Independent vote,” as Karl Rove belly ached in the Wall Street Journal (with the lofty poll conducted by his SuperPAC to prove it). Former McCain advisor Ana Navarro huffed, “I think of it as very destructive and unseemly. Who wants to join a dysfunctional family? So I see why independents would be antagonize by watching this spectacle.” As if anyone from the losing McCain campaign should be advising the GOP about winning elections? Nevertheless, the McCain/Romney/Bush wing of the party has abandoned the fight against Obamacare and has instead taken up arms against conservative Republicans.
Rush Limbaugh likes to say, “Liberals always tell you which conservatives they fear the most.” The same is true for Republican establishment moderates — and these days they’re all downing handfuls of antacids and scheduling extra therapy sessions at the thought they might have to cede power to the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and others in the “Wacko Bird” wing of the party.
The late Andrew Breitbart said in his memorable CPAC speech in 2012,
“Everything has changed. Everything has changed in the last few years. Conservatives used to take it and we’re not taking it anymore.”