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Cruz Getting Hammered by Fellow Republicans

Sen. Ted Cruz is apparently quite unpopular with his fellow Senate Republicans, who think he has been grandstanding and leading the party in a dangerous direction by putting all the focus on the government shutdown and not, ironically, on Obamacare.

And on Wednesday at a private luncheon, several Senate Republicans — Dan Coats of Indiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — assailed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has led the movement to block funding for the health law.

Ms. Ayotte was especially furious, according to two people present, and waved a printout from a conservative group friendly to Mr. Cruz attacking 25 of his fellow Republican senators for supporting a procedural vote that the group counted as support of the health law.

Ms. Ayotte asked Mr. Cruz to disavow the group’s effort and demanded he explain his strategy. When he did not, several other senators — including Mr. Johnson, Mr. Coats and even Mitch McConnell, the minority leader — joined in the criticism of Mr. Cruz.

“It just started a lynch mob,” said a senator who was present.

Despite the uproar, Mr. Cruz did not offer a plan for how his party could prevail in the shutdown battle and suggested his colleagues were defeatists.

The Tea Party slogan should be: Purity Trumps Reality. Always and forever.

Comments

  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Some tea party congressmen find signs of political backlash at home

    But within Grand Rapids’ powerful business establishment, patience is running low with Amash’s ideological agenda and tactics. Some business leaders are recruiting a Republican primary challenger who they hope will serve the old-fashioned way — by working the inside game and playing nice to gain influence and solve problems for the district. They are tired of tea party governance, as exemplified by the budget fight that led to the shutdown and threatens a first-ever U.S. credit default.

    Similar efforts are underway in at least three other districts — one in the moneyed Detroit suburbs and the others in North Carolina and Tennessee — where business leaders are backing primary campaigns against Republican congressmen who have alienated party leaders. The races mark a notable shift in a party in which most primary challenges in recent years have come from the right.

  2. daved says

    I’m so disappointed — I saw the headline on the post, read it hopefully, and then was sad to discover that the other Senators were not using actual hammers.

  3. says

    Despite the uproar, Mr. Cruz did not offer a plan for how his party could prevail in the shutdown battle and suggested his colleagues were defeatists.

    The only way I can see the Republican party regain face is by holding a humble pie eating contest. They aren’t known for their love of virtues, so I doubt they could take the taste of humility.

  4. says

    The Tea Partiers have a lot in common with the types who get into an armed standoff in the crackpot’s compound. They use tactics without a strategic end game in a situation where realists know they can’t win. All they can do is damage that doesn’t move them even an inch closer to a successful exit.

  5. says

    “The races mark a notable shift in a party in which most primary challenges in recent years have come from the right.”

    Wrong.

    It marks a shift from the completely fucking batshit unhinged motherfuckery to the only mostly completely fucking batshit unhinged motherfuckery.

    This prolly has more to do with McConnell getting a call from Boehner telling him, “Hey, get this motherfucker offa me!” and Cornyn calling in some markers than it does with any sort of GOP conscience.

  6. says

    I agree with daved (@4). i was hoping it was a literal headline.

    Bang bang, Fellow Republicans’ silver hammers came down upon his head…(I admit it is not as catchy as the original).

  7. says

    Reginald @3: That’s what happened pretty late in Michele Bachmann’s last campaign, though the guy ran as a Democrat. He almost won. I think the tactic faces pretty good odds next year.

  8. John Pieret says

    waved a printout from a conservative group friendly to Mr. Cruz attacking 25 of his fellow Republican senators for supporting a procedural vote

    I guess the Cruz and the Teabaggers never heard of St. Ronnie’s Eleventh Commandment.

  9. says

    What is this, the Babyish Moron Steel-Cage Death-Match? So much burning stoopid in those few short paragraphs you quoted…

    …several Senate Republicans…assailed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has led the movement to block funding for the health law.

    How did he end up leading anything? Is he a chief executive of Congressional Republicans? Was he voted into his current position by his colleagues? Was he holding guns to other Republicans’ heads?

    Ms. Ayotte was especially furious, according to two people present, and waved a printout from a conservative group friendly to Mr. Cruz attacking 25 of his fellow Republican senators for supporting a procedural vote that the group counted as support of the health law.

    So a bunch of idiots said something stupid because they misunderstood how Congress works. Why should that cause so much uproar within Congress?

    Ms. Ayotte asked Mr. Cruz to disavow the group’s effort and demanded he explain his strategy. When he did not, several other senators — including Mr. Johnson, Mr. Coats and even Mitch McConnell, the minority leader — joined in the criticism of Mr. Cruz.

    Wait — they never asked Cruz to explain his “strategy” until NOW? Whose bloody fault is that?!

    “It just started a lynch mob,” said a senator who was present.

    So when a Republican does something stupid and gets called out for it by other Republicans, that’s a “lynch mob?” These idiots really don’t understand debate, do they?

    Despite the uproar, Mr. Cruz did not offer a plan for how his party could prevail in the shutdown battle and suggested his colleagues were defeatists.

    Right — Cruz’s actions are causing defeat, but the people who say so are the “defeatists.” Didn’t we hear the same brilliant logic when we criticized their Iraq war?

  10. Reginald Selkirk says

    Stephanie Zvan #9: Reginald @3: That’s what happened pretty late in Michele Bachmann’s last campaign, though the guy ran as a Democrat. He almost won. I think the tactic faces pretty good odds next year.

    Well, Bachmann has already announced that she won’t be running for re-election next year, but my source in the district tells me there is a long line of wingnuts waiting to continue her legacy.

  11. alwayscurious says

    @11

    How did he end up leading anything?

    LOL, of course Cruz isn’t leading anything. He’s the fall guy in the Senate for the terrible mistakes the Republicans have wrought. He’s the freshman who drew the short end of the stick and gets to do the stupid media stunts. Now the remaining Senate Republicans’ act will look much more moderate and reasonable by comparison. Apparently, Mitch McConnell will light the torches for the mob as long as they run full speed away from him.

  12. tomh says

    @ #12 Reginald Selkirk wrote:

    Hey Ed, I think this may qualify for your ‘wingnut vs. wingnut’ series, but it’s too WTF for me to properly evaluate:

    What makes you classify Cyrus as a wingnut? After all, she created a stir last year when she quoted Lawrence Krauss to the effect, “You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, … So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.” That doesn’t sound like a wingnut to me. She’s a performer – who has never shown any signs of wingnuttery.

  13. says

    @14:

    Cruz may be a freshman senator but he’s no neophyte to hardball politics and he’s definitely not the scapegoat or sacrificial lamb in this situation. He made his bones with the Bush cabal and has plenty of experience in the trenches. He’s brilliant, aggressive and arrogant. He’s also either batshit KKKrazzee or so fucking cynical in his politics that the distinction is meaningless.

  14. exdrone says

    A delusional, self-important person carrying out a grand, destructive public act without a full comprehension of the consequences or a fall-back strategy when events go sour — that’s how wars start, isn’t it? Viz. the Boer War, US Civil War, WW I. Not that Cruz is that consequential.

  15. dingojack says

    alwayscurious (#14) – no doubt Mitch McConnell will be the one standing under an awning on rainy 1940′s Paris street shouting K’plah at the Klingon warriors as they run past*.
    Dingo
    —–
    * now that’s what I call a nerdy reference! ;)

  16. says

    “Great. Now how do we get House Republicans to turn on their Tea Party leaders?”

    Attach jumper cable to the bolts sticking out of their necks?

  17. blf says

    Paul Krugman in The New York Times seems to make a good point, The Boehner Bunglers:

    The federal government is shut down, we’re about to hit the debt ceiling (with disastrous economic consequences), and no resolution is in sight. How did this happen?

    The main answer, which only the most pathologically “balanced” reporting can deny, is the radicalization of the Republican Party. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it last year in their book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” the G.O.P. has become “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

    But there’s one more important piece of the story. Conservative leaders are indeed ideologically extreme, but they’re also deeply incompetent. So much so, in fact, that the Dunning-Kruger effect — the truly incompetent can’t even recognize their own incompetence — reigns supreme.

    It has been obvious for years that the modern Republican Party is no longer capable of thinking seriously about policy. Whether the issue is climate change or inflation, party members believe what they want to believe, and any contrary evidence is dismissed as a hoax, the product of vast liberal conspiracies.

    Everybody not inside the [republican] bubble realizes that Mr. Obama can’t and won’t negotiate under the threat that the House will blow up the economy if he doesn’t — any concession at all would legitimize extortion as a routine part of politics. Yet Republican leaders are just beginning to get a clue, and so far clearly have no idea how to back down. Meanwhile, the government is shut, and a debt crisis looms. Incompetence can be a terrible thing.

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