Ted Cruz will be either a hero or a goat.
The thing is, to be regarded as a hero – at least outside of diehard conservative circles – he may need to fail.
That’s because if the Texas senator’s mini-filibuster manages to convince his Republican colleagues to make Obamacare their Alamo, they will all probably lose. The government will be “shut down” as in the 1990s and, as in the 1990s, Republicans likely will be blamed.
And they will have only made the stinking compost pile that is Obamacare smell like Chanel No. 5 to anyone unfamiliar with it.
This page appreciates his sentiment and his principles, and we agree with him entirely on substance. We can’t think of a worse piece of legislation in our lifetimes than Obamacare.
We also admire his fortitude in staying up all night to make his point on the Senate floor with a Jimmy Stewart-style filibuster that, by rule, had to end Wednesday afternoon. We didn’t relish staying up all night even in our college days.
The question is, what’s Cruz’s end game?
Does he think Democrats suddenly will drop their own principles and surrender from the force of his beliefs? If not, won’t Cruz merely be viewed as the author of a very unpopular shutdown? And won’t his GOP colleagues be considered his co-authors?
A better scenario for his party and for him personally – he’s a potential presidential contender – might be for him to fail. Gallantly, spiritedly, heroically. But ultimately, when he hasn’t won the day, it might be best for him to step aside, let the Obamacare train wreck proceed to its inevitable twisted, smoking, fiery conclusion – and be seen as one of the prophetic figures who tried desperately to stop it.
Otherwise, he may only be Cruzin’ for a