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.
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.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) October 23, 2013
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:
Update 2: Cleaned up some grammar issues
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