Matt HealeySunday,22 September 2013

The Snap:

At least one good thing has come out of the recent debate about Obamacare so far. Ted Cruz is now in trouble. He was one of the Tea Party favorites for his courageous insane stance on shutting down the government and defaulting on the debt in order to defund the ACA.

The Download:

For all their faults, and there are many, the Tea Party does have one thing going for it. They have a great memory. They can remember a slight for years. These people can hold a grudge forever. After all, don’t elephants have good memories? Now they are pissed at good old Ted. According to them, they have been betrayed by him. He was one of the main voices that encouraged the linkage between the debt limit, government funding and defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, in what must be a temporary moment of clarity, he has realized that getting someone named “Obama” to defund something commonly referred to as “Obamacare” is not really likely to happen. It is even less likely that it will even get to his desk. After all a repeal bill stands little chance of getting the 51 votes required to pass the senate, never mind the 60 required to get anything through a filibuster. Finally, even if it does get to his desk and he vetoes it, there is no chance he of getting the 67 votes in the senate required to overturn the veto. So it is dead on arrival in the Senate. So Ted finally admitted as much by saying “[Senate Majority Leader] 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.”

According to the Tea Party, this was admitting defeat. After all, they thought they were going to win in the Senate. To the rest of us, this was math. If you control less than 50 votes in a body that has 100 voting members, you will tend to lose. So now they don’t like Canadian-born Ted Cruz. I suspect they will hate him for a while. I can only hope that they will turn on him in 2015 when the primaries start.

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