It won’t work, say the lions of the right; a self-aggrandizing move by an overly ambitious freshman Senator. It’ll make the GOP LOOK BAD.
Look bad? This is the party that in a recent Bloomberg poll has a favorability rating of 34 percent—the lowest ever in their polling history—and the establishment Republicans are worried about their reputation?!
I have a better suggestion. Screen out the yapping and sneering from the talking heads and tune into a few minutes of Ted Cruz’s 21 hour speech on the Senate floor arguing against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare.
Just a few of his most memorable remarks:
“I intend to speak in opposition to ObamaCare, I intend to speak in support of defunding ObamaCare, until I am no longer able to stand, to do everything I can to help Americans stand together and recognize this grand experiment 3 ½ years ago is, quite simply, not working.”
“One of the self-described fact checkers–and we may talk long enough that I talk a little bit about fact checkers, because that is a particularly pernicious bit of yellow journalism that has cropped up that lets journalists be editorial writers and pretend they are talking about objective facts, and basically conclude as a factual matter–not as a matter of opinion–and anyone who disagrees with them is objectively lying.”
“If this body were listening to the people, we would have 100 Senators concerned about all of the Americans being hurt by ObamaCare and here at any hour of the night ready to act to stop it. Because no one wants to live in their parent’s basement forever. Because Reagan once said, you can’t be for big government, big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”
“To be honest, the approach by ObamaCare defenders is an awful lot of table pounding. It is an awful lot of “let’s discuss anything other than what, in fact, happened.” Pick up any newspaper and it is talking about this issue. What will the reporters, the political reporters in Washington, DC, write about? I think some may be frustrated because they wanted to be Hollywood gossip reporters because they covered these issues as a battle of personalities.”
“If we go back centuries, we see that every generation of Americans has been able to give to the next generation a brighter future, greater prosperity, greater opportunity. We are on the verge of being the first generation of Americans not to do so. If we want to put our fingers on the discontent so many Americans feel, that goes right to the heart of it: What we are doing in Washington isn’t working.”
Here’s the real deal, folks: Leftists are scared witless of Ted Cruz. Far from being the laughing stock the Dems try to portray, he’s the guy that renowned Constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz calls “off-the-charts brilliant” and one of Harvard Law’s smartest students ever.
The American right has its new star. And like Jimmy Stewart’s character in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” he understands that lost causes are the only causes worth fighting for.