John, Winston, James and Ted or Why the GOP should Thank Ted Cruz Part 4: Memories

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John, Winston, James and Ted or Why the GOP should Thank Ted Cruz Part 4: Memories

The Fourth in a series of why the GOP should thank Ted Cruz for his fight against Oba­macare Part 1 The Time Stream is here part 2 The Con­trary Voice is here, Part 3 The Raiders is here and the final part In Sum­ma­tion: Con­ven­tional Wis­dom is here.

As a kid I got my curios­ity from read­ing the Golden Book Ency­clo­pe­dia, It was greatly illus­trated and writ­ten at a level a kid could under­stand . I would read it cover to cover and sim­ply devour it. It gave me a love for facts and a curios­ity about every­thing remem­ber when I bought my first Win­dows 95 sys­tem it came with the Compton’s inter­ac­tive ency­clo­pe­dia. I thought it was sim­ply amaz­ing to be able to call up both video and audio from his­tory to bring it alive, but then I noticed some­thing that struck me.

In the audio sec­tion I was sur­prised to see George Washington’s farewell speech deliv­ered decades before the 1st pho­to­graph and almost a cen­tury before the first audio recording.

It hit me that an unin­formed per­son lis­ten­ing to that record­ing would not real­ize that it was an actor repro­duc­ing the address. It brought home a les­son a frus­trated Tip O’Neil recounted in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy Man of the House page 320:

After the speech, I went up to con­grat­u­late him. “That was a fine address, Mr. Pres­i­dent.” I said, “now here’s a list of mem­bers you should call to keep the pres­sure on, because we’ll need their votes.”

No,” he replied, “I described the prob­lem to the Amer­i­can peo­ple in a ratio­nal way. I’m sure they’ll real­ize I’m right.”

I could have slugged him.

Tip real­ized and Carter for­got that what any par­ent who has told a kid to take out the trash know. Peo­ple need to be reminded of things, par­tic­u­larly truths, reg­u­larly. They are eas­ily for­got­ten or ignored or spun away unless dra­matic reminders are given.

And that brings us finally to Ted Cruz and the shutdown.

One of the issues when you have a uni­formly hos­tile media is how to get your mes­sage out. A media that opposes you will either ignore you find­ing other issue to report upon (such as their tac­tics with the IRS scan­dal and Beng­hazi) to keep your mes­sage from being heard or if they cover your event spin your mes­sage to your dis­ad­van­tage (such as focus­ing on a sin­gle Reb flag at a vets event).

The only way to counter, to break through to the peo­ple is to deliver your mes­sage so loud that it can’t be ignored.

That’s exactly what Ted Cruz did.

Cruz started with his 21 hour floor speech some­thing that couldn’t be ignored. First it couldn’t be ignored by repub­li­cans in the Sen­ate:

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.

And of course Marco Rubio who had lost favor with the tea party.

Then Obama for Amer­ica (mean­ing the White House) noticed it and started run­ning paid ads against it.

You have Orga­niz­ing for Amer­ica buy­ing time on the lead show in the lineup for the mouth­piece net­work of the admin­is­tra­tion and doing so where it would get the high­est chance of acti­vat­ing a view­ing activists to call con­gress & urge the GOP to reconsider.

It’s one thing for a net­work to exploit a dis­agree­ment in a party to gin up its core viewer base it’s quite another for a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion to pay for direct ads urg­ing the faith­ful to tell their polit­i­cal foes not to jump off a cliff and destroy itself.

Mean­while the entire CUR­RENT demo­c­rat cau­cus in the Sen­ate were united in defend­ing it (oba­macare) as was prac­ti­cally the entire Demo­c­rat cau­cus in the house.

The Media’s deci­sion was to focus on Ted Cruz (a poten­tial 2016 can­di­date) and make it about him which is basic Alin­sky but when­ever Cruz was inter­viewed he deliv­ered his mes­sage clearly. Note this exchange with Candy Crowley:

Candy Crow­ley: But obvi­ously, they feel that if you can use this kind of lever­age, they feel it’s black­mail. But let me ask you some­thing about your fel­low Republicans.

Sen Ted Cruz: But Candy, let me press back. It’s twice you’ve said Harry Reid would say it’s black­mail. And I want to press back, because I actu­ally — I think that’s a false claim with no basis. The bill that the House passed on the VA sim­ply funds the VA. It doesn’t men­tion any­thing about Oba­macare. It doesn’t men­tion any­thing about any­thing else. Now, for hun­dreds of years, the way Con­gress is appro­pri­ated has been one topic at a time. How is it black­mail to say we think we should fund the vet­er­ans? Do you agree? That’s a yes or no vote. Now Harry Reid refuses to let the Democ­rats vote on that. But how is it black­mail to say, we may not agree on every­thing but is there any­thing we can agree on? We ought to agree on

And Cruz’s mes­sage was so strong that the GOP in the house went with him and fought for two weeks until the GOP in the sen­ate even­tu­ally caved and Mitch McConnell got his dam locks with the left look­ing the other way.

The media made the GOP pay a high price for Ted Cruz deliv­er­ing that mes­sage to the nation. A price that would only be worth it if the Oba­macare roll­out even after two weeks was an unmit­i­gated dis­as­ter.

But in the end the mes­sage was deliv­ered. Oba­macare is SO bad and such a dis­as­ter that the GOP in Gen­eral and the Tea Party & Ted Cruz in par­tic­u­lar were will­ing to make a high-​profile fight and the polit­i­cal heat that came from it to pre­vent these con­se­quences from being inflicted on the Amer­i­can people.

And it was deliv­ered in a VERY Mem­o­rable way.

Update: Stacy nails it:

You know it’s a com­plete botch when even the Democrat-​Media Com­plex — NBC, ABC, CBScan’t ignore the fail­ure:

Update 2: Cleaned up some gram­mar issues

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It’s Fri­day The world series is even 1 game each but my Ted Cruz series (with one more part to go) doesn’t seem to be bring­ing in the weekly pay­check which remains a full $246 shy of a full paycheck.

I need 12 tip jar hit­ters kick­ing in $20 or 10 kick­ing in $25 to change this.

Are you will­ing to be one of them? If so please hit DaTip­Jar below

The Fourth in a series of why the GOP should thank Ted Cruz for his fight against Obamacare Part 1 The Time Stream is here part 2 The Contrary Voice is here, Part 3 The Raiders is here and the final part In Summation: Conventional Wisdom is here.

As a kid I got my curiosity from reading the Golden Book Encyclopedia, It was greatly illustrated and written at a level a kid could understand .  I would read it cover to cover and simply devour it.  It gave me a love for facts and a curiosity about everything  remember when I bought my first Windows 95 system it came with the Compton’s interactive encyclopedia.  I thought it was simply amazing to be able to call up both video and audio from history to bring it alive, but then I noticed something that struck me.

In the audio section I was surprised to see George Washington’s farewell speech delivered decades before the 1st photograph and almost a century before the first audio recording.

It hit me that an uninformed person listening to that recording would not realize that it was an actor reproducing the address. It brought home a lesson a frustrated Tip O’Neil recounted in his autobiography Man of the House page 320:

After the speech, I went up to congratulate him. “That was a fine address, Mr. President.” I said, “now here’s a list of members you should call to keep the pressure on, because we’ll need their votes.”

“No,” he replied, “I described the problem to the American people in a rational way. I’m sure they’ll realize I’m right.”

I could have slugged him.

Tip realized and Carter forgot that what any parent who has told a kid to take out the trash know. People need to be reminded of things, particularly truths, regularly. They are easily forgotten or ignored or spun away unless dramatic reminders are given.

And that brings us finally to Ted Cruz and the shutdown.

One of the issues when you have a uniformly hostile media is how to get your message out. A media that opposes you will either ignore you finding other issue to report upon (such as their tactics with the IRS scandal and Benghazi) to keep your message from being heard or if they cover your event spin your message to your disadvantage (such as focusing on a single Reb flag at a vets event).

The only way to counter, to break through to the people is to deliver your message so loud that it can’t be ignored.

That’s exactly what Ted Cruz did.

Cruz started with his 21 hour floor speech something that couldn’t be ignored. First it couldn’t be ignored by republicans in the Senate:

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.

And of course Marco Rubio who had lost favor with the tea party.

Then Obama for America (meaning the White House) noticed it and started running paid ads against it.

You have Organizing for America buying time on the lead show in the lineup for the mouthpiece network of the administration and doing so where it would get the highest chance of activating a viewing activists to call congress & urge the GOP to reconsider.

It’s one thing for a network to exploit a disagreement in a party to gin up its core viewer base it’s quite another for a political organization to pay for direct ads urging the faithful to tell their political foes not to jump off a cliff and destroy itself.

Meanwhile the entire CURRENT democrat caucus in the Senate were united in defending it (obamacare) as was practically the entire Democrat caucus in the house.

The Media’s decision was to focus on Ted Cruz (a potential 2016 candidate) and make it about him which is basic Alinsky but whenever Cruz was interviewed he delivered his message clearly.  Note this exchange with Candy Crowley:

Candy Crowley: But obviously, they feel that if you can use this kind of leverage, they feel it’s blackmail. But let me ask you something about your fellow Republicans.

Sen Ted Cruz: But Candy, let me press back. It’s twice you’ve said Harry Reid would say it’s blackmail. And I want to press back, because I actually — I think that’s a false claim with no basis. The bill that the House passed on the VA simply funds the VA. It doesn’t mention anything about Obamacare. It doesn’t mention anything about anything else. Now, for hundreds of years, the way Congress is appropriated has been one topic at a time. How is it blackmail to say we think we should fund the veterans? Do you agree? That’s a yes or no vote. Now Harry Reid refuses to let the Democrats vote on that. But how is it blackmail to say, we may not agree on everything but is there anything we can agree on? We ought to agree on

And Cruz’s message was so strong that the GOP in the house went with him and fought for two weeks until the GOP in the senate eventually caved and Mitch McConnell got his dam locks with the left looking the other way.

The media made the GOP pay a high price for Ted Cruz delivering that message to the nation. A price that would only be worth it if the Obamacare rollout even after two weeks was an unmitigated disaster.

 

But in the end the message was delivered. Obamacare is SO bad and such a disaster that the GOP in General and the Tea Party & Ted Cruz in particular were willing to make a high-profile fight and the political heat that came from it to prevent these consequences from being inflicted on the American people.

And it was delivered in a VERY Memorable way.

Update: Stacy nails it:

You know it’s a complete botch when even the Democrat-Media Complex — NBC, ABC, CBS — can’t ignore the failure:

Update 2:  Cleaned up some grammar issues

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It’s Friday The world series is even 1 game each but my Ted Cruz series (with one more part to go) doesn’t seem to be bringing in the weekly paycheck which remains a full $246 shy of a full paycheck.

I need 12 tip jar hitters kicking in $20 or 10 kicking in $25 to change this.

Are you willing to be one of them? If so please hit DaTipJar below