John, Winston, James and Ted or Why the GOP should Thank Ted Cruz In Summation: Conventional Wisdom

Kay: Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.

Men in Black 1997

And so we come to the end of our argument concerning Ted Cruz and the GOP, let’s review:

In Part 1 the Time Stream I noted a selective re-writing of history:

Two years after Wisconsin suddenly the same people who unlike the Tea Party were not anxious to stand with Scott Walker because they were convinced he was over the line, courting disaster for the GOP, extreme are now invoking to the US public in general and the viewers in particular that same Scott Walker to judge Ted Cruz and the Tea Party as extremists.

I’m sorry I’ve seen the video, I remember Sarah Palin & Andrew Breitbart on the stage fighting for Scott Walker, not John McCain or Peter King.

In Part 2 The Contrary Voice, We explained how Winston Churchill’s lonely opposition to the Munich Pact, now celebrated in history, was unpopular with both the House of Commons but with the general populace itself:

Yet in the midst of this reality Winston Churchill stood up in the House of Commons, the people’s house and gave this speech:

I will, therefore, begin by saying the most unpopular and most unwelcome thing. I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, and that France has suffered even more than we have.

That alone is a provocative statement to a group of people in the midst of joy,

Would anyone remember Sir Winston if he went with popular opinion, would there be an England to remember him?

In Part 3 the Raiders
We highlighted the Risk/rewards of the Doolittle Raid:

Every rational cost benefit analysis said that this mission was high risk with little if any reward at best. Yet the mission was approved, the crews volunteers all, flew.

All of the planes were lost 3 airmen were killed 8 captured the rest eventually made it to friendly territory. According to Wikipedia (granted not the most reliable source) Doolittle thought he would be court marshaled for the loss of this plains.

He could not have been more wrong.

Better not take that chance, it’s not like it will prompt the Japanese to attack Midway or something.

and in Part 4 Memories Ted Cruz reminded the entire country which side opposed Obamacare and which didn’t as if he read Tip O’Neill’s book

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.

Well the media sure helped people know which side everyone was on didn’t they?

Now lets consider how fleeting conventional wisdom is, A few years ago the John Edwards case was just the National Enquirer digging phony dirt, a few months ago anyone who thought the IRS was targeting the Tea Party was crazy and at the beginning of the month the idea of delaying Obamacare was a terrorist act.

My how times change:

Democrats Ask to Delay Obamacare Deadline
House and Senate Democrats call for delay in the deadline for the individual mandate

Obmacare’s launch has been a dismal failure so dangerous that if you are a Democrat running for election in 2014 you’re running away from it, fast!

So lets summarize:

Ted Cruz make a fight that the establishment shied away from. He took on a position for principle not popular with the media and public. He made that fight with lots of risks and little upside and pushed the media to the point where that media made absolutely sure that the entire country knew which party wanted to stop Obamacare and which party with one voice was dedicated to protecting Obamacare from repeal and or delay at all costs….

…right up until they weren’t.

Let me close with this: If Ted Cruz had not made this fight, When the Obamacare launch came and the problems arose, the media would have talked about how natural such problems were and when Democrats asked to delay implementation it would be sold by the media as not a big deal, the most reasonable thing in the world…

…instead of trying to explain why it’s necessary to delay a law passed by congress, signed by the president and upheld by the supreme court that they were united in defending as inviolate just two weeks ago while comedians across the country laugh at it.

GOP Ted Cruz did this for you, even while you were trying to destroy him.

My exit question for Karl Rove & Company: How many millions of dollars from Big money donors would you have paid to put Democrats up for election in 2014 in such a spot?

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