As the days go on, it becomes more and more apparent that Ted Cruz doesn’t have the pull he thinks (or wished) he had in Congress. Since he became Senator, it’s been clear that Cruz has singled out “Obamacare” as his mechanism to launch any kind of national notoriety.
Which I guess was fairly intelligent. The name “Obamacare” is catchy; it’s something any Republican could use to manipulate conservative voters into giving them cheap and easy support. Even the mention of the health care law draws visceral hatred from many conservative voters.
And while his move might have been wise on the grounds of getting national fame and recognition from the far-right leaning block of voters, the end results are turning out to be absolutely embarrassing for Senator Cruz.
While the House did go ahead and pass a bill which defunded Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, Cruz has found almost no support in the Senate to block the measure from being voted on. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can simply strip the measure to defund Obamacare and pass the rest of the bill — and there’s not a damn thing Cruz or other far-right Republicans can do about it.
His only hope was to get the support of two of the leading voices for Republicans in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn. If they would have supported his faux filibuster, his desperate attempt to stop Reid might have brought in other Senate Republicans in support.
Well, McConnell and Cornyn have essentially told Cruz “thanks but no thanks.” They won’t support Cruz’s pointless talkathon, with McConnell’s representatives issuing the following statement:
“Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny.”
Which of course is straight political talk from the, “How to be a politician” handbook.
Because as I said before, Harry Reid can simply strip the provision which defunds Obamacare out, pass the bill, and Ted Cruz’s push to shutdown the government to defund Obamacare will be more or less dead in the water.
So while Ted Cruz has done a masterful job at pandering to the far-right reaches of the Republican party and becoming a tea party darling—he seems to have made very few friends within Congress. He can stand and talk and read “Green Eggs and Ham” to his kids all he wants, because in the end, even his own party knows he has overreached in his futile attempts to stop the law from being implemented.
Because at the end of the day, after all his speeches, lies, television ads and propaganda—Obamacare will live, Americans will get health coverage and the only support he really got for his “plan” will end up being from a handful of radical Republican Senators who are just as delusional as he is.
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