The Targeting of Ted Cruz

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Late Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement in support of the House’s Continuing Resolution that defunds Obamacare:

“Today’s announcement that the House will vote to defund Obamacare is terrific news,” said Sen. Cruz. “Just a few weeks ago, this was deemed impossible. We commend House leadership and House Republicans for listening to the people and for taking decisive action to stop Obamacare, the biggest job-killer in America. Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people. President Obama has already granted Obamacare exemptions to big corporations and Members of Congress; he should not threaten to shut down the government just to deny those same exemptions to hard-working American families.”

Immediately, criticism from unnamed House GOP aides and several Members of the House – including intrepid Obamacare opponent Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) – pushed back against Senator Cruz’s seeming intent to put all pressure on the House instead of taking up the fight in the Senate.

Those critics – largely establishment leadership sources – were mistaken about the Senator’s intentions, as he proved on Thursday when, according to CBS, he said he would filibuster and do “anything else, any procedural means necessary” to defund Obamacare. Furthermore, Breitbart investigative reporter Matthew Boyle pointed to comments Senator Cruz made in July about the Obamacare defunding fight:

“This needs to start on both sides of the Capitol….Obviously because Republicans are in control in the House of Representatives, we need to rely heavily on the House. It doesn’t matter as much where it starts, although I think it would be best for the House of Representatives to pass a Continuing Resolution that funds everything else in government but Obamacare.”

He added that the ideal scenario would be “the House to pass something that funds everything else in government but Obamacare, then send that over to the Senate and say ‘okay, we’ve done our part. Now the Senate needs to do its part.’”

In the fight to defund Obamacare, few have been more ardent and more vocal than Senator Cruz. And while honest disagreement is certainly understandable – such as that by Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) – the weak attempt by the establishment to undercut Senator Cruz is pathetically predictable.