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Why do the establishment ruling class Republicans hate Ted Cruz?

September 23, 2013

  Over the weekend Ted Cruz sat down with Chris Wallace to discuss the issue of defunding Obamacare, after this interview Chris Wallace made the claim to Karl Rove that establishment ruling class Republicans were asking him to “hammer” the Senator from Texas during the interview.

“As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz,” Wallace said, addressing Karl Rove, a member of the show’s panel. 

  Sarah Palin then took Chris Wallace to task and called upon him to release the names of those Republicans who were attacking Ted Cruz instead of using unanimous sources.

  At this point it is unclear to me what Sarah Palin’s motive was: was she in disbelief of Chris Wallace’s statement and looking for proof, or does she believe the claim and is simply looking for the names of those Republicans who are going after Ted Cruz?

  As for me, I happen to believe Chris Wallace for I see no benefit to him for making this up. So why are the establishment ruling class Republicans so opposed to Ted Cruz? I think Karl Rove’s response to Chris Wallace sums it all up:

This was a strategy laid out by [Utah Republican Sen.] Mike Lee and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues

  The establishment ruling class Republicans are upset with Ted Cruz because they have not been able to control him, he represents a threat to their power and they are more interested in protecting their station in life than they are with doing the work of the American people.

  Ted Cruz knew that going to the Republican leadership would be an exercise in futility because the leadership is not interested in leading, but rather with going along to get along, so he moved on his own because somebody has to lead this effort. John Boehner certainly isn’t leading the effort in the House, he had to be dragged into this fight kicking and screaming all the way. And we have ted Cruz to thank for that.

  Whether you approve or disapprove of what Ted Cruz is doing he is a rare bird in Washington as he is actually trying to fulfill his campaign promises and he doesn’t give a damn what the elitists in Washington think or say about him.

  This is no longer an issue of left versus right, of Republican versus Democrat, but rather an issue of establishment versus outsider and Ted Cruz seems to be winning this fight and that is why the establishment ruling class Republicans hate him–he is a threat to their power and that is all they really care about when push comes to shove. 

  In the end I feel, much like Rand Paul, that this effort will be futile, but at least Ted Cruz has the courage to stand up for what he believes in, which is more than can be said for the Republican establishment in Washington–if they do in fact believe Obamacare should be repealed in the first place. It seems to me they are playing lip service to this issue while Ted Cruz is actually trying to do something about it. And they cannot stand it…..

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2013 8:01 pm

    Karl rove is in a snit because he isn’t filling out his whiteboard with McRinos. He has been on fox with the same talking points. Bet it was him. At least obamacare got some attention. More than I can say for the tired old white men who run the GOP.


    • Petermc3 permalink
      September 23, 2013 8:36 pm

      Rove and O’Reilly wore out their welcome in my living room tonight. Rove’s self centered windbag elitism coupled with O’Reilly’s out of touch flavor of the week opining was a bit too much. Today’s word: ” obnoxious and tiresome birds of a feather.”


      • September 23, 2013 8:40 pm

        Yes, exact words he said this morning to bash Cruz. This may be the end of watching o’reilly. I am getting tired of him as well.


    • September 23, 2013 11:21 pm

      Yep, Rove is an establishment guy who will support the likes of a Jeb Bush over a Cruz or Rand Paul any day of the week. He is part of the problem, not part of the solution.


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    September 23, 2013 8:33 pm

    Here’s how I see this. Rand Paul, as well as others, are probably right. The effort to defund Obamacare is likely doomed to failure. Much of that failure will be due to the media’s insistence on giving a false narrative about who is responsible for any government shutdown that may be a result of what is unfolding before us.

    Having said that, I admire Ted Cruz and cheer him on because he is going directly against the Republican establishment. He has shown them how defunding Obamacare can be accomplished and they can’t stand it because he shows such callous disregard for the protocol they want to see followed.


    • September 23, 2013 8:54 pm

      I am sick and tired of this Good Ole Boy’s Club approach to running our nation. I took Rand Paul to task today at Asylum Watch and I’m still angry about what he said. With all due respect, Larry, and I hope you know how much I do respect you; but why does defunding ObamaCare have to be so hard? Why does it have to be so hard for Republicans to stand their ground on something when they know they are right and 60% of Americans agree with them. It seems to me that they they first need to believe in what they are trying to do. The message is now going to be confused because of this whishy washy behavior. They have a great message to tell and Ted Cruz is willing to make the message clear. Why can’t Paul and others support him? Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi own ObamaCare. If they want to shut dowwn the government to protect a program that most Americans hate, they will have to pay the consequences.

      Sorry about the rant, but I am fed up with these “Republicans”.


      • LD Jackson permalink
        September 23, 2013 9:08 pm

        No worries, Jim. 🙂

        Defunding Obamacare isn’t hard at all. Cruz has made that much very clear. The problem lies in how the Democrats will play this in the media. Any negative publicity is going to land squarely on the heads of the Republicans. It doesn’t matter that Ted Cruz is right, that the Democrats own Obamacare and as such, should bear the responsibility of their actions. The media will make sure that doesn’t happen. I am concerned we fighting a battle we can ill-afford to lose and are ill-equipped to win. If that is the case, and I sincerely hope it isn’t, then we are likely to loose the 2014 elections in the worst kind of way.


    • September 23, 2013 11:22 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more Larry!


  3. Petermc3 permalink
    September 23, 2013 9:41 pm

    The final arbiter for placing the blame will be the voters being led by the rings in their noses by the colluding media. Imagine that 60% have it right yet the republicans will be the sacrificial lambs if there is a shutdown.


    • September 23, 2013 11:24 pm

      It really does not make any sense, does it? It just shows us what influence the MSM has on swaying public opinion.


  4. September 23, 2013 10:00 pm

    This – attacking representatives who ACTUALLY REPRESENT their constituents – will continue until the voters GET OVER being loyal to a political party. Political parties are UNNECESSARY – they only divide the People and allow those with the money to control ALL of us.

    Our representatives are to 1) Verify proposed legislation is within the scope of the federal government’s Constitutionally enumerated powers – not what SCOTUS says those powers are. 2) Verify the proposed legislation is NECESSARY & PROPER – needed to execute an enumerated power AND fair, just, and affecting EVERYONE EQUALLY. 3) Set aside their PERSONAL opinions about the issues and VOTE THE WISHES OF THEIR CONSTITUENCY.

    That is the criteria voters should be using when deciding for whom to vote: following the Constitution and voting the will of the People – NOT their own personal opinions. Our representatives vote their PERSONAL opinions when they are in the voting booth – just like the rest of us.

    Nothing is going to change until we stop being loyal to political parties AND elect TRUE representatives.


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