Ted Cruz is Jimmy Stewart. Mitch McConnell is Claude Rains…or is it the other way around? In the movie, Mr Smith goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart is in the Senate filibustering a corrupt bill. Claude Rains, supposedly Jimmy’s friend and fellow Senator, is quietly stabbing him in the back.
That is exactly the situation that is happening now in Washington, DC. All you need to do is change the names to Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell. If I have calculated correctly, Ted Cruz is in his 19th hour, filibustering. He’s long surpassed the mark made by Rand Paul last year.
The national media, the dems and the ‘Pub establishment are all stabbing Ted Cruz and his Senate partner, Mike Lee, in the back. But! Back home, people are outraged and letting their Senators know they are outraged. I called Senator Roy Blunt’s office yesterday to demand that he support Cruz and Lee. Their reponse? Blah, blah, blah. Blunt opposed Obamacare, etc. etc., but when asked directly if he would support Cruz, the answer was…**crickets**.
Bit by bit, other Senators are joining Cruz and Lee. One of the first was Marko Rubio, in an attempt to regain his “Tea Party” creds, (too late and too little, Marko. People are lining up to oppose you in the next primary,) quickly followed by Rand Paul and Pat Roberts.
Others are slowly joining according to Erick Erickson of RedState.
By: Erick Erickson, September 24th, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Within hours of Liz Cheney, now a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, announcing her support of Ted Cruz’s filibuster, Senator Mike Enzi, who Cheney is primarying, took to the floor of the United States Senate and declared he stood with Ted Cruz.
Pat Roberts, the elderly Senator from Kansas who may soon be getting a stiff primary challenge, stiffly stood on the floor of the United States Senate to show he too stood with Ted Cruz.
Rand Paul, after NBC News reported he may disagree with Cruz’s filibuster threat, went to the floor of the Senate and stood with Ted Cruz.
Meanwhile, John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander and other Republican Senators are leaking attacks against Cruz on background. They complained to reporters about Cruz suggesting they were cowards. They did so off the record and in the shadows.
Mitch McConnell, instead of standing with Cruz on the floor of the Senate, participated in a teletownhall in which he told listeners the only way to stop Obamacare was for him to be Senate Majority Leader. [update: this information came after the initial post]
The article continues at the website.
It’s very unlikely that Cruz, Lee, et. al., will be successful in their filibuster. They need 41 votes. At this time, they don’t have the votes. But what is happening, however, is that Cruz and Lee are forcing the ‘Pub establishment to visibly take sides. If McConnell lets Harry Reid strip the Obamacare defunding language from the Continuing Resolution, McConnell and Boehner, into whose lap the CR will fall into next, will own the issue. They will be the ones who allowed funding of Obamacare.
John Boehner is increasingly expected to allow a vote that would pass the budget resolution with help from Democrats and a minority of House Republicans. — The Guardian, UK.
The likely result? This diatribe from Breeanne Howe, writing in RedState. For too many, the betrayals of McConnell, Lamar, Boehner, Cantor and others has lead to this.
By: Breeanne Howe, September 24th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I’m breaking up with you. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. We’ve had our ups and downs. The Tea Party years were tough enough, but I truly thought we could make it when we elected (who we thought were) more principled leaders to replace at least some of the old guard. Unfortunately, the old guard and their old ways just won’t go away and you seem to be more in tune with them.
To be honest, I’ve been drifting away from you for some time now. I was getting the sense your values weren’t in line with mine and then Syria happened. And, well, let’s just say that Syria really showed me what is important to you.
But the death knell to our relationship wasn’t Syria; although that one cut pretty deep. Nope, it’s your treatment of Senator Ted Cruz. You’d think he was a Democrat with all the open hostility you’ve been hurling at him. Senator John McCain has been reported, for the whole world to see I might add, as f***ing hating Cruz. Now you’ve sent opposition research on Cruz to a reporter, hoping the press would help you in your crusade. No wonder so many Christians don’t vote. On the one side, we have Democrats okay with baby murder and on the other side we have Republicans openly knifing one of their own.
I can’t take it anymore. I don’t know what you stand for. I can’t figure out what your strategy could possibly be. Are we to be the party that folds in the face of any pressure and hangs out to dry anyone in the party that might actually stand for our supposed values? No thanks. I’ll take my vote and dollars elsewhere.
Yes I know my dollars won’t be missed. They are a pittance compared to the money the old guard is stuffing in your pockets to act like losers. But consider this: I’m your base. I’m a Christian, wife and mother with conservative values. You don’t have to like me but you should know I’m not going away. If you want an open fight then we shall have one. I’ll be standing with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the few who are brave enough to stand for me. And I’ll be sure to let my mom friends, who mostly don’t care to keep up with your shenanigans, who stands for them.
See you at the polls.
Says it all, doesn’t it?