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Friday, August 2, 2013

Ted Cruz: 61 Days to Defund Obamacare

The conference call with Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) last night started to map out the strategy for August. Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator ran this report  ("Conservative base fights Washington elites: Reagan’s tigers or Establishment rabbit") yesterday:
The fight is on.
A growing — and furious — fight between the conservative base of the Republican Party and its Establishment elites in Washington is rapidly taking shape.
Senator Ted Cruz took to Sean Hannity’s television show Tuesday night and took on Karl Rove, who had immediately preceded him on the show. In response to Rove’s strategy (Rove compared the defunding strategy to the famous — and losing — Pickett’s Charge of the Battle of Gettysburg). Cruz immediately countered by saying that while he wasn’t a military strategist he was pretty sure 100% of battles were lost if one surrendered before the battle began. 
The next morning Cruz was at the Heritage Foundation (seen here at Right Scoop) explaining how the defeat of gun control earlier this year can be used as a template to defeat ObamaCare.
As was discussed earlier this week in this space, this has become a battle between what Ronald Reagan once called “rabbits” and “tigers.” Reagan, a tiger himself on these matters, was furious with House Republicans when they abandoned him on a veto of a pork-laden “Clean Water Bill” out of fear of being labeled “anti-environment.” Reagan himself was targeted by Democrats over this veto and he never flinched, angry that House Republicans had abandoned principle. 
Reagan is gone, but his political heirs — his tigers — are very much in evidence in the fight to defund Obamacare.
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