Friday, February 21, 2014

Speaking of Love for Sale

Who doesn't love Kimberly Strassel?

Unfortunately, when she writes "Never mind that every Republican, once past the Cruz show vote, opposed the increase on final passage," she's got it exactly backwards. It's the no vote that is the show.

It's the toughest question in politics, how far to go and when. But people love gumption, and the hardest thing to do is declare a policy a failure and move on to something new. It's so hard that the general rule is, it can't be done.

So, punk, the question you gotta ask yourself is, who's the failure?

Update: Et tu, Tom? A little hard to tell where Mr. Sowell is landing on this one. His literal words for Cruz seem as hostile as Strassel, but all his argument is against what Cruz is fighting, and it's spot on. Not only the norm for Sowell, but well above it. Too bad he couldn't have added Bush explicitly to the list, but probably that's wise. People's brains would turn off and they'd go to their "Bush is bad" box.

Here's the deal, Tom. The ideas and the rhetoric come first, not last. And show votes don't count.

Update*Update: Tom's clear here. True enough, Tom, true enough. Now go back and find me some history where a lost battle was won. When you're done with that, then come back and tell me which one you've got.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Cruz is Barack Obama's best friend. Last year there was almost nothing that could save the President, but Cruz's shenanigans--which he knew (because he's not an idiot) couldn't possibly change anything, but could puff up Cruz--almost did it. And now this year he's trying the same stunt, helping himself by destroying the party. The Republicans, at some political danger to themselves (something Cruz never has to worry about), aren't putting up with his crap when they're this close to victory. Because they understand that principles matter, but they don't do you or anyone any good when you're in the minority. Cruz would be happy enough to be the top Republican of a defeated party, while those who oppose him would actually like to see the tide of Barack Obama programs turned back.

3:00 AM, February 21, 2014  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Sure, it's a fair argument.

I just don't happen to believe it. They have no interest in rolling back anything. They just want to be the ones making the decisions and doling out the goods. Which I totally get, it's just not anything I want to be a part of.

I don't yet know if Cruz has real substance to him or is at root a fraud, the way the establishment that you hope defeats him is. But how many times would you say I have to fall for your argument (not challenging your sincerity, just saying the argument is there every cycle no matter what) before I say, "enough"?

3:18 AM, February 21, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted has a rich future ahead of himself as an angry talk show host

4:08 AM, February 21, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, let's follow Cruz. The Republican party will be purified and hold maybe as many as 25 seats in the Senate.

2:45 PM, February 22, 2014  

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