ELDER PATRIOT – Ted Cruz has always played on the far right of the Republican Party’s political spectrum meaning he’s had his share of run ins with party leadership. It’s been a rare conservative issue that Cruz hasn’t been outspoken in defending. However, nothing compared to yesterday when Cruz took to the well of the Senate to crucify Mitch McConnell the majority leader when he accused McConnell of lying to him in front of the entire Republican caucus about whether McConnell had cut a backroom deal to renew the import-export bank. McConnell had sworn he hadn’t when, in fact, he had. The import-export bank is one more way your tax dollars are redirected in a form of corporate welfare.
Speaking on The Rush Limbaugh Show Cruz recounted the story:
“Today the Senate took up the Export-Import Bank, a classic example of cronyism and corporate welfare. The leader of Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell, went to the floor and demonstrated that he had lied both to the American people and also to every Republican senator, including me. Back when we were having the fight over trade promotion authority, I asked Mitch McConnell directly if he had cut a deal to reauthorize this cronyism and corporate welfare in order to try to get the votes, and he looked at me, he looked at all 54 Republican senators, and he said flat-out, “There is no deal. There is no deal. There is no deal.”
Cruz then took it further asking which votes would have been different if Harry Reid had still been the senate majority leader:
“In 2010, the people rose up, we got a Republican majority. And they haven’t done much of anything. Then we were told we just need a Republican majority in the Senate, retire Harry Reid. In 2014, millions of Americans stood up to do that. For six months we’ve had a Republican majority. What have they done? They passed a trillion-dollar Cromnibus plan filled with corporate pork and corporate welfare. We funded Obamacare and President Obama’s executive amnesty, and Republican leadership jammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Every one of those is exactly the same as what Harry Reid would have done.”
No senator spoke immediately in defense of McConnell.
Later, Orrin Hatch told reporters: “I think it’s wrong to disclose private information, especially when the disclosure is not accurate. Keep in mind, he’s running for president. People who run for president do some very interesting things.”
Interesting words from Orrin, himself a bald-faced liar who appeared on the Mark Lenin Show before his reelection in 2014 to beg Utah voters to forgive him for letting George Bush pressure him into voting for liberal policies. His “let’s blame George Bush” tack sounded like a Democrat then and he sounds like one now.
Hatch may be correct though about Cruz being motivated to speak out because of his lagging presidential candidacy. Cruz who has long championed conservative positions on virtually every issue is watching Donald Trump’s soaring popularity steal his thunder.
Cruz can do the math. With Trump more than doubling his nearest competitor, Cruz would be satisfied with a mere halving of Trump’s backing. They would then sit together atop the Republican leader board changing the conversation of the Republican Party for the duration of the primary season. Cruz would be playing on his home turf (when it came to the presentation of issues) where his intellect and ability to speak might well carry him to the nomination.
Allan Dershowitz said of Ted Cruz: “One of the sharpest students I had . . . I’ve had 10,000 students over my 50 years at Harvard . . . he has to qualify among the brightest of the students.”
Smarts and toughness are two traits we’ll need in our next president. Cruz appears to have both in abundance.
A word of advice to the condescending Orrin Hatch: shut your pie hole. You’re intellectually inferior to Cruz by a large margin and your closet is full of skeletons.