Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Ted Cruz's day-long speech on the Senate floor opposing Harry Reid's efforts to add Obamacare funding language to the House-passed Continuing Resolution.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer John McCormack on his recentpieces on Obamacare and Ted Cruz's efforts to stop the Senate from amending the House-passsed Continuing Resolution that defunds parts of Obamacare.
Several times a day, especially if he’s out travelin’ and talkin’ to folks, as he always is when the U.S. Senate isn’t in session, Ted Cruz will stand before an audience and reflect, seemingly for the first time, about the generational shift taking place in the Republican party.
All is quiet on the Washington front. But don’t let the lull in partisan warfare fool you. In two weeks Congress returns from its summer recess, after hearing from constituents who hold the institution in lower esteem than used car salesmen, and view eating Brussels sprouts, enduring traffic jams, and having colonoscopies less daunting prospects than continuing to watch this Congress in action. Nevertheless, few members of this despised institution are likely to lose their seats in November. Turn the rascals out, but not my rascal, seems to be the prevailing view.
Renee Ellmers, a sophomore Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, has criticized a conservative group's campaign to get congressional Republicans to support defunding Obamacare by way of the continuing budget resolution.
Ellmers, a nurse who entered her first political race in 2010 in response to Obamacare, knocked Heritage Action, saying the organization is targeting conservatives opposed to defunding the health care law in next month's budget battle instead of Democrats:
Mitch McConnell says he’s committed to having a vote on delaying the individual mandate of Obamacare. “The individual mandate is the weakest part of this law,” said the Republican leader in a Friday interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “We should just, like a prizefight, just keep punching the weakest spot here, repetitiously.”
“What Republicans don’t often do well is focus on, ‘How do we win?’” said Texas senator Ted Cruz, speaking to bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Tuesday afternoon.
Cruz says he is focused on winning on Republicans’ most important issue, Obamacare, by pushing to defund the whole law in this fall’s upcoming budget battle. “I think defunding Obamacare, the fight in the next 62 days, is likely to prove the most important battle that this Congress faces,” Cruz said.
Iraq war veteran and former congressman Allen West spoke out Wednesday against an amendment that would create a new independent system of military prosecutors to handle the prosecution of many serious crimes. "I think think this is reprehensible. I think it's a slap in the face to those who have served in the military, those who are currently serving," West told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
The Obama administration has worked diligently to shrink, underfund, and demoralize the military. Now, Politico reports, two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, are joining an effort led by New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand that goes beyond where even the Obama administration is willing to go in weakening the military.
A live event this morning with Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Ed Rendell called, "The Need for Spending Reform: The $17 Trillion Debt Threat & America’s Spending Addiction." Panelists include Veronique De Rugy, Representative Adam Kinzinger, and Pete Hegseth.
Earlier this week, Texas senator Ted Cruz pledged to block State Department nominees until the federal agency filled the vacant inspector general position. Almost two days later, the State Department nominated Steve Linick for the position, which has been vacant for nearly 2,000 days.