The new Alamo?

To be the hero against Obamacare, Ted Cruz may need to fail

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Ted Cruz will be either a hero or a goat.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, emerges from the Senate Chamber on Wednesday after his overnight crusade against the Affordable Care Act.  J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, emerges from the Senate Chamber on Wednesday after his overnight crusade against the Affordable Care Act.

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
bruisin’.

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myfather15
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myfather15 09/27/13 - 05:47 am
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Well,

With my natural suspicioun of ALL politicians; I'm very skeptical. On one hand, Cruz could be the politician I've been hoping for, for a long time. A man or woman who stands for prinicpal and will NEVER back down. A person who absolutely does NOT care about party loyalty or what anyone else tells him; if he thinks something is bad for the Country, he won't fold just because he is offered some pork spending to feed his constituents.

On the other hand; everyone KNOWS this man is planning a run for the White House in 2016. So it's quite possible and feasable that this is NOTHING more than free publicity for his personal ambitions and has NOTHING to do with helping you and I.

Like I said earlier, my suspicioun points towards the later because he is a politician. My hope is that it's the first, but my skepticism of mankind has never let me down. We shall see.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 09/27/13 - 07:32 am
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I support Cruz a hundred

I support Cruz a hundred percent. Let the dims own it, I hear this argument all the time. What kind of America do we have? We have a law that is killing our economy! Do you sit back while your neighbor loses his job. Do you sit back while your wife is excluded from your health plan? Do sit back while your kids have to live at home because there are no jobs for college graduates? Do you sit back wile 70 percent of new jobs are part time? Do you sit back while healthcare premiums jump by leaps and bounds? Any politician who sits back with the argument that they own it while it causes all this hurt and more needs to be fired!! We are told to legislate and compromise, what did we get for this age old strategy? 17 trillion in debt, 48 percent of the public who don't contribute to the federal govt general revenue, and a prez who only enforces laws he wants to. We have our employees , in the congress like Ried calling us names and mocking us. The country is upside down if it is not the time to fight, when is it?

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 09/27/13 - 08:04 am
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Don't let the liberals fool you AGAIN!

Ted Cruz did a brave thing. He stood up for what he believes is right for America, not a "special few". Certainly the liberals and this current administration will blame. What else is new? But for anyone with more than a 1/4 ounce of common sense, the blame goes squarely on those wild and irresponsible spenders who are causing us to raise the debt limit to begin with. Cruz is only trying to do some damage control. Meanwhile, the president is having meetings with our muslem enemies and refuses to meet with Congress? He has tarnished the meaning of democracy and has embarrassed us before the world again. This administration is like a 250 pound tumor. If we don't go in for surgery soon, it will kill us!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/27/13 - 08:06 am
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Supporting Obamacare is a Slum Designation

1. Ted Cruz is establishing himself as a leading candidate for the Republican nomination.
2. It’s time to nominate a tough conservative. No more McCains and Romneys.
3. If McCain and other wishy washy Republicans don’t like Cruz’s strong tactics he must be doing something right.
4. McCain and Republicans of his ilk call Cruz a wacko. It appears McCain has forgotten how he was characterized as an emotional wacko by the Republican establishment now that he IS establishment.
5. Supporting Obamacare when you really don't reminds me of calling downtown a slum, but not really meaning it. Politicians.

citizen7
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citizen7 09/27/13 - 08:12 am
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Editors: Do you honestly

Editors: Do you honestly think that this 'Train Wreck' will be blamed on the Liberal Democrats & Obama... even if it does fail miserably? To use your own words, do you think the Liberal media (ie. the dominant media in our society) "suddenly will drop their own principles and surrender"... confessing that indeed Obamacare was a mistake? Really? Don't you think it is more reasonable to believe that instead they will say things need tweeked and improved and built upon and eventually it will be TOO BIG to fail, so the government itself will take over completely? I'm done supporting "tactical" politicians. If we had more policitians following Cruz's lead, we might get somewhere - but its all talk and no action with this bunch. It's time to take a stand on principal - not wave the white flag and hope for the worst.

localguy55
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localguy55 09/27/13 - 08:25 am
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I am puzzled. In most polls a

I am puzzled. In most polls a majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. Yet, Republicans opine that the American people will blame them for shutting down the Government. One would think that that majority of people who dislike Obamacare would blame the Democrats for not negotiating with the Republicans. It all sound backwards to me. Are the American people just a bunch of Schizophrenics or what. Based on what has taken place with this debate, if you can call it that, this is the only conclusion a sane person can conclude.

I say let the chips fall where they may. Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down. If the American people blame the Republicans so be it. They may just do that but no one will know until it happens. Obamacare is canker sore in the mouth of the American people and it has been allowed to ooze for far too long. The treatment may be harsh but it has to be done. So, you lack luster Repebs. suck it up and grow a pair.

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Jon Lester 09/27/13 - 08:46 am
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You're talking about a guy who claimed to be unaware

of his dual citizenship, then proceeded to renounce his Canadian citizenship, presumably because he thinks he has a realistic shot at the White House in 2016. To me, these are two indications that the man is a fool, or at least a less-than-clever liar.

Someone or another is lying about "Obamacare," and this administration isn't any better at communicating to the public than the previous one, so maybe we should let the thing go through just to see if Democrats really want to bank their careers on it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/27/13 - 09:01 am
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Ted Cruz

Oh, Harvard grad, Ted Cruz, is smart alright. I'd love to see him in a debate with a Democrat. Who have been the best Republican leaders? Those who have come down firmly on the side of conservative principles. Remember the attacks on Ronal Reagan by moderate Republicans? Goldwater? Let's say what we mean. If Obamacare is a bad measure, don't fund it.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/27/13 - 10:09 am
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"..let the Obamacare train

"..let the Obamacare train wreck proceed to its inevitable twisted, smoking, fiery conclusion."

Unless I am experiencing déjà vue, this is the second editorial that I have read where the ACES is trying to slowly distance itself from this "defund the ACA/destroy the US economy" used by the House Republicans, dictated by Ted Cruz.

Don't blame the media for being complicit in this saga. I was watching an interview this week where twice the GOP Congressman said that UPS is dropping spouses from employees' plans and the interviewer let it fly. Not true but that does not matter to those who will lie to achieve their goal.

I was not impressed seeing Cruz read a bedtime story to his kids at taxpayers' expense. But God bless them because we pay for their daddy's healthcare and he stands for 21 hours to ensure other daddies who do not have healthcare never get it. How mean-spirited can one human being be?

grouse
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grouse 09/27/13 - 10:18 am
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The parts of Obamacare that
Unpublished

The parts of Obamacare that have been placed in effect have been resounding successes...

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:20 am
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Quote from editorial

"Ted Cruz will be either a hero or a goat"

I have said this before, the word hero is really OVER_USED in The US. Now, to say a hero is a Sen. that talks for 22 hours is a hero??!! WOW, does driving my car without killing someone make me a hero??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:33 am
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Quote from editorial

"We can’t think of a worse piece of legislation in our lifetimes than Obamacare"

Granted, it is proving to be very complicated and the program to set it up is seemingly WAY behind schedual. BUT, in my opinion, EVERYONE should have an open mind and try to make it work.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:37 am
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Quote from editorial

"And they will have only made the stinking compost pile that is Obamacare smell like Chanel No. 5 to anyone unfamiliar with it"

There by, shifting that many more "non-rich, non-powerful" voters toward the left!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:43 am
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Quote from editorial

"The question is, what’s Cruz’s end game"

Probably "posturing" for the Republican presidential nomination for president. Why not, Clinton and Biden are already doing so. My opinion is that Cruz's being extremely to the right will work against the Republican Party's chances in 2016.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/27/13 - 10:48 am
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The only way to kill

The only way to kill Obamacare is to cancel all waivers and delays and fully implement it 1 January '14. By January '15 we would have a Republican House and Senate with veto override capability.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:50 am
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Quote from editorial

"Does he think Democrats suddenly will drop their own principles and surrender from the force of his beliefs?"

Perhaps The House should stand firm on the budget issue. Nothing else seems to be working for the Republicans. If the Republicans ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE the over-whelming numbers of voters will hate Obamacare, then The House "should roll the dice"!!

prov227
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prov227 09/27/13 - 10:54 am
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The sacrifice at the Alamo ...

paved the way to San Jacinto (maybe this will be the 2016 elections).

We recently received our form letter from BCBS of Georgia notifying us that "Under the health care law, you will be required to change plans. As mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you will need to move to a new ACA compliant plan in 2014," Is this the change we can believe in? Can we trust the word of this president? Or does he just not understand what he is doing to the middle class?

The straw man of the Canadian citizenship is just that. There are many political leaders that have dual citizenship privileges (for example, U.S. and Israeli citizenship). We'll never be sure that Obama wasn't born in Kenya. Besides, Canadians are good people and close allies. Why does he even have to decline citizenship in Canada?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 10:58 am
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Quote from editorial

"If not, won’t Cruz merely be viewed as the author of a very unpopular shutdown?"

The Republican Party appears they are taking a page from Obama's backing down from Russia. If Cruz was a House Member, the rest of The House Republicans would be behind him probaly close to 100%!! What is going against him are: Assuming the Republicans will get the blame for a government shut-down and being in a Democrat controlled Sen.!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 11:03 am
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The Republican Party vs Obamacare

"A better scenario for his party and for him personally – he’s a potential presidential contender – might be for him to fail"

The Republican Party IS BANKING TOO MUCH on Obamacare to fail. YES, this form of attack may do the job, BUT wouldn't putting up a united front be more of what Republican voters would like to see??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/27/13 - 11:09 am
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Quote from editorial

"Gallantly, spiritedly, heroically"

WHO IS GOING to remember this 22 hour talking marithon by the time Nov. 2016 gets here?? THE ONLY WAY to make political hey from Obamacare is to fight it in the news media 24/7.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/27/13 - 11:31 am
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obamacare
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will show it's true color (black) in just a short time. Let it fail on its own merit.

Darby
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Darby 09/27/13 - 11:58 am
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WOW, does driving my car without killing someone make me a hero?

If you are a Democrat, it probably does. Don't forget, they gave the Nobel Peace prize to a Democrat based not on what he had done (nothing at all) but on what they saw as his "potential" for great strides in behalf of world peace.

So yes, as a Democrat, you could qualify for hero status for almost any mundane act.

Darby
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Darby 09/27/13 - 12:03 pm
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"BUT wouldn't putting up a united front be more of what

Republican voters would like to see??"

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You mean acting in lock-step, without individual will? Without the ability to think and analyze and make individual decisions?

You mean Republicans should clone themselves as Democrats?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 09/27/13 - 12:28 pm
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T3 does an open mind dictate

T3 does an open mind dictate that they have to agree with this train wreck, not my words but one of the writers of the bill, Bacchus. Where were all you open minded fair people when Bush was prez? So while evidence mounts that this is a disaster we need to give it a chance? I am not of that character, it's hurting real people that I know, while their hours are slashed, our premiums skyrocket ,, jobs are now part time, give it a chance is not an option. And at the end of the day we will still have the same amount without insurance according to the CBO.

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burninater 09/27/13 - 12:35 pm
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As many have pointed out

As many have pointed out before, there is no scenario under the Constitution where the strategy of Sen. Cruz can change the status of the ACA as law. He's no idiot, so presumably he understands this. So what's his game? Does he believe his supporters are so ignorant of the legislative process that they'll believe he is actually doing something effectual? He promised to fight the ACA, but none of his actions are actually doing that.

Is it all about 2016?

I understand that there is precedent for a demoralized part of the electorate rallying behind a demagogic first-term Senator, but the current rallying electorate has been quite vocal over the past five years about the idiocy of voters that would rally behind a demagogic first-term Senator.

Perhaps folks aren't as immune to thrills going up their legs as they think they are?

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 09/27/13 - 01:49 pm
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Cruz was born in Canada, that
Unpublished

Cruz was born in Canada, that makes him ineligible. Reagan raised taxes 11 times, and is a criminal, because of the Iran/Contra affair, and then let Ollie north be the scapegoat. Reagan was another crook Republican, just like Nixon. I find it hilarious that the "moral" Republicans raise cain about homosexual marriage destroying society, yet the continuously run philanderers for office. Not little one time affairs, but abandon a wife who waited for a POW to come home, or to surreptitiously leave the state on state time and money, and then tell the WORLD that his lover was his soul mate, or to lead a charge against Clinton, while doing exactly the same thing(twice). Who on earth would listen to a Republican about finances( Republicans put the economy into a death spiral, and then blame Obama for fixing it), or morals? It is the height of hubris that the AC editorial staff and their hangers-on readers should write what they do.....

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Bizkit 09/27/13 - 01:58 pm
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What is strange is Obama is

What is strange is Obama is now saying his bill isn't working because of Rep. Sheesh will he never stop blaming Bush and Rep. Despite the fact he keeps changing the implementation of the law and with no authority to do so. I really don't understand any Rep strategy to "repeal" the bill-that won't happen unless you have a Rep president. If Rep were smart, which what can I say, they would use their majority in the House to restructure and change Obamacare into the ACA they can support. Heck they remodeled Social security and Medicare through the years so why not the same strategy now? I definitely think we need to address health care but I wonder if citizens should insist on a non-govt think tank to provide options for voters to chose and tell politicians what they want-rather than the other way of govt dictating to us. I do think govt interference in the insurance industry will have a positive effect-just like govt is suppose to do fighting monopolies, setting fair prices, using anti-trust laws to regulate the economy to be fair.

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Bizkit 09/27/13 - 01:56 pm
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Ted Cruz was born in Canada?

Ted Cruz was born in Canada? I didn't think that mattered since we have a president born in Kenya. Hee,hee,hee. Just a joke-now I have to explain my humor before I get snide comments.

burninater
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burninater 09/27/13 - 02:08 pm
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Biz, the problem the Tea

Biz, the problem the Tea Party and by extension the Republican Party have is that they've gone all in on ACA repeal. Established legislators with a long history in their districts can step back and go with what you've suggested worked in the past -- revising and restructuring the ACA to make it better legislation -- because their reelection is based on a lot more than the current ACA ultimatum. However, newer legislators that rode the ACA backlash into office really don't have anything else to fall back on when it comes to reelection time if they change their tune now.

As far as the non-govt think tank option, that's exactly how the ACA, and much other legislation, is crafted. The hard and fast line between gov't and the private sector people talk about really isn't real -- the revolving door between gov't and private sector would be more accurately described as the shared bed.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/27/13 - 02:11 pm
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It seems someone has been

It seems someone has been snake-bit a time or two, too many.

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