Why Republican Leaders Joined Obama in Attacking Cruz and Tea Party

Written by Kevin Fobbs on October 20, 2013

The finger pointing and savaging of the Tea Party and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz began weeks ago and it has been unrelenting. Many in the senate had been laying in wait all through the summer as Senator Cruz traveled the nation calling attention to Obamacare and its potentially devastating impact on Americans and their families.

Instead of locking arms in solidarity many of the Republicans in the mainstream joined the liberal pundits and President Barrack Obama in undermining the very facts that Cruz and other Tea Party leaders had been presenting. The Obama scare machine was in full effect and much of its fuel was supplied by so-called Republican lawmakers like Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham. These beltway insiders were attempting to deal Cruz and the Tea Party a fatal knockout punch after Cruz’s twenty-one hour senate filibuster.

When the president recently refused to negotiate over the shutting down of the government which he and his senate bagman Majority Leader Harry Reed of Nevada had engineered, Republican pundits attempted to tar and feather the freshman senator from Texas.

What seemed clear to even the most moronic liberal attackers and the mainstream media henchmen was they had to do precious little to undermine Cruz. Instead, they let Republican RINO spokesmen do the hatchet work on the Tea Party and its Congressional Caucus in the House.

With each day of the government shut down came the renewed howls from Congressional republicans like Congressman Pete King of New York, who decried the principled position taken by Tea Party loyalists. King vilified their efforts, but saved his strongest verbal barrage for Ted Cruz, whom he would have all of America believe was evil incarnate.

Of course, this type of congressional behavior is to be expected and is certainly not new to either chamber on Capitol Hill. The stakes for the control of the Republican Party have shifted since 2010, and Congressman King and others want to wrench it back. When the Tea Party revolution carried sixty-four new congressmen to the House and gave Republicans the majority and John Boehner the Speakership the moderate Republican leadership did not welcome the change.

Since that time, Tea Party elected officials in the congress have left comfortable Republican lawmakers with the “unenviable job” of actually doing the job they were elected to fulfill. Tea Party lawmakers focused attention on controlling the growth of government and focusing attention on the exploding seventeen trillion dollar U.S. deficit. Business as usual was over and RINO congressmen hated it.

Then from Texas, came a new target for the liberals, the White House and the RINOs to eviscerate, since they had done the same to Sarah Palin. Ted Cruz came to Washington, D.C. with an agenda which was as large as Texas and as important as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Cruz was putting the deal making cronies of Capitol Hill on notice that the power belongs to the citizens of this nation and they wanted that power back!

The liberals and Republi-crats of the congress just waited their time and hoped that Cruz and his senate Tea Party companions Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky would simply melt into the abyss of senate parliamentarian rules. But unlike the senators of lesser principles, they decided to chart a different course.

They exposed to the nation the utter hypocrisy of the new Obamacare legislation and how the president had, time after time, given his supporters relief from the health care law’s severe conditions. The Tea party backed senators were quite clear: if ordinary Americans had to be afflicted with this onerous bill and its conditions, then congress, the president and all those friends of Obama’s had to suffer along with them. In America there are no ruling classes that are allowed exemptions while others suffer under the oppressive weight of this law.

The president dodged the hypocrisy and the RINOs looked the other way while the mainstream media continued to savage the Tea Party senate trio through the summer months into the fall.

So now, after a little over two weeks of Capitol Games playing where the Republicans in the House voted time after time to reopen the government, and the senate and the president rejected those overtures, America suffered.

Will this compromise mean anything to the American people? Probably not, because in large part they may not have even noticed that the government was partially shut down except for Obama’s barricading of national monuments like the World War II Memorial, where he intended to make veterans feel the pain.

The winners can be said to be the Tea Party, and perhaps not in the way that the liberal and RINO congressional leaders and their sycophant pundits believe. The Tea Party Caucus in the House stood together and fired up a base out in the heartland of the nation that is growing steadily.

The RINOs in congress and their mainstream Republican apologists are at a crossroads in the history of this nation. Their way of cultivating contempt for bonafide leaders from the heartland is not working. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and House Tea Party leaders are not backing down or backing away from the reason they were sent to congress.

On Wednesday Senator Cruz told the nation he was not giving up the fight, and stressed, “”Unfortunately, once again, it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people,” Cruz said.”The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare …. It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work, struggling to feed their kids on twenty-nine hours a week.”

While the liberal and RINO pundits are trying to convince Americans that the nation dodged a fiscal bullet from going over the cliff, in reality, in ninety days or less, a stronger, more energized Tea Party at the grassroots will be targeting those RINO senators and house members that vilified conservative principled leaders.

The war for America’s soul is real and the line has been drawn between retaining a ship of fools in the congress or sending a battleship of Tea Party leaders to replace them in 2014. You make the decision!

Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.