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What Cruz Wrought

Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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The president who once argued that raising the debt ceiling was a “failure of leadership” will have to defend such a failure. The president who says a default would be catastrophic will have to explain why he’s not willing to tinker with a deeply unpopular law to avoid that eventuality. The president who is eager to negotiate on nuclear issues with an Iranian regime that has targeted and killed Americans will have to reconcile that position with his refusal to engage with congressional Republicans on the debt limit. The president who won reelection railing against preferential treatment for businesses will have to explain why he’s suspending the employer mandate and enforcing the individual mandate. And the president who complains incessantly about Congress and Washington will have to explain why he’s chosen to protect them from the consequences of a law that will affect everyone else.

Who knows exactly how this all plays out. But the fight on these indefensible provisions is a good one to have, and focusing the national debate on Obamacare, as Ted Cruz and others have done, is a good way to advance it.

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