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So We Should Only Criticize the Dems?

February 26th, 2014 - 11:53 am

All this whining about Ted Cruz is getting on my nerves.  They’re upset that he’s criticizing Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell, instead of rallying to the Republican establishment banner in all the primaries, the better, they seem to think, to take over the Senate after the November elections.  “Fight Obama, not the Republican leadership.”

So their argument is that hard-fought primaries might produce more conservative candidates in November, and this would be a bad thing.  It’s going to be hard to convince Cruz, since he’s only in the Senate because he challenged the establishment candidate in the Republican primary in Texas a couple of years ago.  And won the primary.  And then won the general election bigtime.

Mind you, I’m not in favor of supporting deranged candidates.  I shudder at the thought of repeats of some of the latest conservative nominees.  But I’m not at all convinced that tough primaries are bad for the Republican Party, or indeed for the country.  Quite the contrary.  I’m all for it.  The country’s in a terrible jam and we need outstanding leaders, men of strong will and conviction, who won’t catch Potomac fever, who won’t go along to win the next election.  I don’t think the Republican Party is well led.  Who does?  I think McConnell and Boehner have run away from too many important fights.  If they had been up to their challenges, we’d know a lot more about the use of the IRS as a Democrat political weapon, we’d have a clear timeline for Obama’s actions on Benghazi day and night, we’d know exactly what this administration agreed to with the Iranians, and we’d stop raising the debt limit, cutting state profligacy instead.  I’d love to see them replaced, and I don’t see any chance of that happening unless they have to pay a price for their lousy leadership.  Like losing.

Don’t we believe in accountability?  If you want to tell me that Cruz’s targets are better than their challengers, I’m all ears.  But to say he’s wrong to go after them for their actions and lack of action, I’m not impressed.  He’s right.

We need a very vigorous debate, and no one should be given a free pass.  If a sitting senator or representative has failed to fight the expansion of state power and the policy of global appeasement, I want to hear why.  Tough Republican primaries will help define the issues in the November election.  That sort of debate will produce criticism of Obama, and perhaps lead to the election of those who may provide the will and the vision to start undoing at least some of the damage his presidency has done to us.

So it’s misleading to accuse Cruz of ignoring Obama and only going after Republicans.  He’s going after Republicans who have failed to fight Obama.

When I read some of the attacks on Cruz, I wonder if at least some of the anger is the result of his tenacity.  I remember being told, when he was in the midst of his filibuster against Obamacare, that it was going to be damaging to the country and deadly to himself.  He would lose, and that would pretty much end his role as a potential party or national leader.

He’s still standing, and he was proven right to go all out to try to stop Obamacare.

I quite agree with Jeffrey Lord when he says:

Simply put, Ted Cruz — like Ronald Reagan before him — understands what it takes to make a majority. And he’s doing it. Over the vociferous objections of the same kind of people who kept warning Republicans that if they listened to Ronald Reagan they would get clobbered. Which is exactly why Ted Cruz is being greeted as a hero.

I think he’s right to call attention to the shortcomings of his party’s leaders.  Would you rather shut him up and then hear the criticism from Bill and Hillary?

 

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I love Ted Cruz. He's everything the GOP Establishment is not.
34 weeks ago
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Michael, WE need to step in front of the criticism of Ted Cruz. Well done.

Lee, Sessions, Cruz and Gowdy are saying the things that need to be said.

However, we can't abandon strategy. We CAN AND MUST do both.


Saying that one will "sit out" or "work against" a McConnell if he wins the primary...is a twin sister to treason.

We need both Houses and MUCH more aggressive resistance to tyranny.

Ted Cruz gave the GOP regulars an olive branch when he said he would not actively assist one of the conservative PAC's that aimed at a few high profile heads. He was just recently named as a supporter of a different group and that gives the regulars some indigestion.

You are correct that they ought to put on their big boy pants and if they get pulled to the right...good. If they wake up to the reality that tyranny requires a tougher punch back...so be it.

But...IF...they win the primary...the fight goes BACK against the totalitarians.

Secondly, principled stands are admirable. It is difficult to find fault with acts of honor and with someone who does not have principles of convenience. But kamikaze plays and charging head first and with blind eyes is sometimes going to do more harm than good. Thinking through the most effective way...rather than the throw caution to the wind way...can be MORE damaging to the other side's battle plan.

NO general...not even Patton...charged blindly and wildly without anticipating the possible outcomes.

To summarize, so as not to have my position lied about or slandered:

Cruz, Lee, Sessions and Gowdy are right. WE need to step in front of any criticism of what they are saying. The best candidate should be stepped forward in every possible race. When the dust settles, WE need to put every Republican in every House seat who is running against a Democrat. We need to make the best strategic plans that do the most damage to tyranny.
34 weeks ago
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Michael Ledeen was already my favorite columnist for foreign policy issues. Now he's just running up the score.
34 weeks ago
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Ted is the big cheese ( with other notable R exceptions) that stands alone against the Dem- lite RINOS........He's the cream that has risen to the top ......and the voters are licking their chops over him.
29 weeks ago
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Policy is complicated. Libertarian Republicans have decided after long observation and thought that a small set of principles guides public policy to the correct path. Spend a lot less through government, reduce the federal payroll, regulate only what is absolutely necessary in business, and remove government mandates like Obamacare which increase the costs of health care, hiring, and working. I agree.

The worst part of Republican infighting is that it suggests to many undecided voters that Republicans are hacks and a free market philosophy merely hides their heartlessness.

A large middle of independents sit on the fence. The Left says that if government spends less money, it will kill private sector jobs through lack of Keynesian demand. Government workers don't want to be fired. People like the idea of a protective government, and 40% of the public gets a government check. Why should they believe that they would be better off without big government? Why not tax the rich? Why not go on as before?

Leftist politicians proclaim attractive goals and principles as if they were possible, and argue through emotion. They say anything and fight for every inch. They present a vision of a glorious future. They fight for that future with conviction, not daunted by the contradictions and idiocies which they proclaim, not daunted by the poor "short term" 5 year results. They make aggressive moves toward their goals and then compromise on how much they win.

The Republican opposition shows fear. They want a better future within the bounds of morality and reality, but they don't act like this is supremely important. They say that reality requires conservative policies, and then they make compromises which ignore that reality. This makes them appear opportunistic, trading away the results which they say are necessary. They compromise on how much they lose.

If Conservative and Libertarian policies are good for almost everyone, then why don't Republicans act like it? An observer on the fence might suspect that Republicans don't really believe in the reality they describe. For example, they started a fight over the debt ceiling before. They said correctly that increased debt is dangerous to the productivity and living standard of our country. They said that spending must be controlled, and correctly that the disruption from a temporary government default was worth it, because otherwise we would face higher taxes and a lowered living standard.

Then, they made a deal with no spending cuts of importance. What about the cliff? Why start the fight in the first place? Someone on the fence sees this as political posturing, not an analysis backed by conviction. This demeans the Republican and Conservative brand.

The prior debt deal gave approval to the Democratic vision. The Democrats seem credible when they say: "Republicans start fights they don't believe in, but they have opposed us enough to cause the next recession. They want to block our policies for political gain, but they don't want to stand by their own plans and take responsibility. They risked default without believing their own analysis. They say higher taxes are bad, but they are only trying to protect their rich supporters"

It is not enough to have a good policy, one must fight for that policy as if it were actually good. People judge conviction as much as the facts.

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33 weeks ago
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It's important that conservatives drag the GOP, kicking and screaming, to the right provided that they don't go the third-party route, e.g. Tea Party, thereby splitting the center-right vote in general elections and guaranteeing Dems' elections.
33 weeks ago
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To clarify: Love the Tea Party and they should run strong candidates in primaries against liberal GOP types, but not 3rd party in GENERAL election.
33 weeks ago
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Michael again catches one right on the sweet spot. Straight down the center of the fairway...and long. Fire up a nice cigar, Doc.
33 weeks ago
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"Simply put, Ted Cruz — like Ronald Reagan before him — understands what it takes to make a majority. And he’s doing it. Over the vociferous objections of the same kind of people who kept warning Republicans that if they listened to Ronald Reagan they would get clobbered. Which is exactly why Ted Cruz is being greeted as a hero." -- EXACTLY. Cruz and the Tea Party are being criticized by mediocre leaders and mediocre intellects.
33 weeks ago
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Every time a senator criticizes Cruz, I want to ask them why they didn't stand up and talk for 21 hours to save us from Obamacare in the first place. We are so proud of Cruz in Texas.
33 weeks ago
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Go get 'em, Ted. Kick their RINO butts!
33 weeks ago
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Actually, no. This misses the point. The aim is a rigorous but amicable contest during the primaries that brings out the best in both wings of the party. It's not for one branch to kick the arses of the other.
33 weeks ago
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So far this election cycle, I'm liking Rand Paul and Ted Cruz the most. I was at the original Chicago Tea Party, and still like its original principles. Anyone who trashes it imperils their chances with me. I am also liking much of what I hear from Libertarians. Time to get government out of both our pocket and our bedroom, and to admit the war on drugs failed. (I've never used such drugs, and don't expect to start, but see the parallels with Prohibition.)
33 weeks ago
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The establishments of BOTH parties are afraid of Sen. Ted Cruz and everything he fights for. Our situation, economically and politically, isn't
by accident. It's by design. BOTH parties establishments have 'compromised' and horse traded ALL of it in the name of bi-partisanship (outwardly) and backroom deals (in the dark). The 'pass it to see what's in it' and 'what difference, at this point, does it make' are becoming mantras for BOTH parties. They have become like 'vampires'...they love working in the dark, in secret, and on the down low. It must be really frustrating for them...that we have the 'speed of the internet' to catch them, in real time, doing their dirty work. Don't you just hate it when that happens? We better wake up and come to the full realization that it is the establishments of BOTH parties that are financially ruining us and destroying our GOD given freedoms...for their own sakes and profits. While everyone is fighting to stay afloat...they are enriching themselves. Wake up America...it will soon be way toooooo late to turn this thing around...peacefully. Then what???
33 weeks ago
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Ooops.
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