Everyone’s favorite (or not so favorite) anti-tax guy Grover Norquist hasn’t jumped on the Senator Ted Cruz bandwagon. In fact, he’s said in an interview with the Washington Post that Senator Cruz “pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.” Pretty strong words towards someone who is the current Tea Party darling (I’m sure he’ll do something to screw that up….see Rubio, Marco). Anyway, this is an excerpt from the interview with Norquist:
I’m cheerful because every Republicans is for repeal of Obamacare. When’s the last time we passed a big government entitlement and every Republican opposed it and kept pointing out that it’s a mistake? There’s unanimity among Republicans. They all voted against the thing being created and for it being repealed.
The only confusion that comes out is that Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees. He said if you don’t agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you’re bad. He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act. He would lead this grass-roots movement that would get Democrats to change their mind. So the House passed it, it went to the Senate, and Ted Cruz said, oh, we don’t have the votes over here. And I can’t find the e-mails or ads targeting Democrats to support it. Cruz said he would deliver the votes and he didn’t deliver any Democratic votes. He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.
So then the House said, breaking completely with Cruz because Cruz thinks if you’re not defunding the whole thing it’s treason, that there’s delay. There’s getting rid of medical device taxes. They’ve done a series of things to hold together Republicans and break with Cruz. But because we started with the Cruz approach this got to the shutdown.
Makes sense. We have Tea Party and other conservative groups calling Republicans in the Senate, who voted against Obamacare the first time and have voted time after time after time after time to defund or repeal Obamacare, traitors. Norquist is right though. The Republicans have been united that Obamacare is going to be charlie foxtrot and have been trying to tell the American people that. No doubt that Norquist will be called a RINO/Obama’s best friend/etc. in the coming days by Tea Party groups and conservatives, but what if he’s right? What if the Republicans did choose the wrong strategy? We already know that the Democrats and the mainstream news media are trying to place blame solely on the Republicans (even though it was the administration who made an active decision to barricade the national monuments in Washington…though, they haven’t been barricaded in previous shutdowns). Americans are growing weary of the continued gridlock and peeing contests taking place between the House, Senate, and White House. At this point, I believe there is plenty of blame to go around for both sides of the aisle.
2014 looks to be a tougher and tougher election year for my party.