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
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

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Bizkit 09/27/13 - 01:47 pm
It's crazy isn't it Burn. The

It's crazy isn't it Burn. The Rep seem to want to destroy themselves-no Dem needs to do anything. But any time one party has control of both houses as Bush had for awhile and as Obama had for awhile bad things seem to come of it in the long run so I think people are a little wary of outcomes now with Obama. Just like the Bush experience in Iraq really had a huge impact on public opinion being so negative towards Syria. We seem to go to one extreme to the next.

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