House GOP on Cruz-control jumps off the cliff and commits political suicide


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

LemmingsIf someone really wants to commit suicide, there is very little one can do to stop them. Eventually they will succeed.

Today the House GOP caved in to demands from hedge fund billionaire-funded conservative organizations and the insurrectionist economic terrorists of the Tea Party, led by an interloper from the Senate, demagogue Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz, and collectively jumped off the cliff together like lemmings to commit political suicide. Only one Tea-Publican, Rep. Scott Rigell (VA), stood at the edge of the cliff and said "Wait a minute . . something feels wrong." House passes budget defunding health-care law:

The House passed a short-term spending plan Friday morning that would
continue funding government operations only through mid-December but withhold
funding for President Obama’s signature health-care law,
firing the opening salvo in what promises to be a contentious 10 days
of debate on Capitol Hill over extending government operations by only
three months.

The legislation would fund federal agencies at an annualized rate of
more than $986 billion but would also leave in place automatic spending
cuts known as sequestration
, set to take effect in January. It would
include language to prohibit any funding going to implementing the
health-care law and, additionally, authorize the Treasury to pay some
bills and not others in the event that no deal is reached in October on
increasing the country’s debt limit. [Something which is practicably impossible, but Tea-Publicans believe this fantasy.]

House Republican leaders declared victory Friday after the vote, and
they immediately ramped up pressure on the Senate to take up the fight.

The House bill is, of course, dead on arrival in the Senate. This is all Kabuki theater to appease the GOP crazy base and the conservative media entertainment complex which feeds their delusions and escape from reality. Already on Thursday, Ted
Cruz unmasked his own confidence game
for the Kabuki theater that it is:

KabukiHouse Republicans and Senate conservatives are in the midst of a full
blown war over who will get saddled with the blame when Republicans
ultimately admit they don’t have the leverage to defund Obamacare.

It’s unclear how exactly we’ll get to that inevitable point or how
much blood will be left on the floor along the way or who will end up
spilling most of it. But one thing that seems clear is that the scam
perpetrated by Senate conservatives is running out, and Ted Cruz is the
reason why.

The short version of what’s happening is that House Republicans
finally agreed to give Senate conservatives what they wanted — a bill
funding the government at sequester levels while defunding Obamacare.
Whereupon Cruz immediately allowed
that Republicans won’t be able to get it through the Senate
, and
renewed the demand that House Republicans (who, after all, are in the
majority) keep up the fight. House Republicans understandably erupted in
fury last night, accusing Cruz of surrendering and of engaging in a bad
faith effort to deflect blame on them for the inevitable failure of a
scheme that was always going to fail anyway

Here’s Ted Cruz trying to clean up the mess on Hannity last night, arguing that he and his fellow defund-Obamacare charlatan Mike Lee will keep the fight going as long as they can:

“I guarantee you one thing, Mike and I are going to fight
with every breath in our body,” Cruz said. “As Churchill said, we will
fight on the beaches, we will fight in the streets, we will fight at
every step to stop the biggest job killer in America.”

Now, historians would probably see Cruz’s comparison of his vow to resist Obamacare to Winston Churchill’s call for full resistance to the Nazis as a tad strained. But that aside, this raises a number of interesting questions.

We know Senate Democrats will probably take the House CR and strip
out the defunding of Obamacare in hopes of kicking it back to the House.
But as Brian Beutler lays out,
there are a number of procedural moves Senate Republicans can take to
stall or slow this process — such as a Rand Paul-style drone filibuster —
and conservative activists will presumably be expecting them to pull
out all the procedural stops. As Beutler notes, if they don’t this whole
thing will be exposed as the scam it always was.

What will be particularly interesting to see, though, will be how
Cruz and company manage to blame the GOP establishment for the failure
of their scheme.
[Because the GOP establishment is the Tea Party's real enemy in this internecine civil war.]

* * *

Mitch McConnell has always been cool to the defund-Obamacare scheme, and
it’s unclear how far he’ll go in trying to procedurally stall against
the inevitable — or, indeed, whether there’s actually all that much he
can do. And so one imagines McConnell — fairly or not — will be blamed
by the Cruz brigade for failing to prevent the clean CR from getting
through the Senate.

At that point, House Republicans will be back in the position they’ve
always been in — they’ll have to choose between alienating
conservatives by passing a clean CR funding the government with the help
of a lot of Dems, or taking the blame for a government shutdown
Presuming Boehner opts for the former, the defund-Obamacare smoke
machine will simply crank up again and blame Boehner and the
establishment for selling them out again.

* * *

[T]he swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going
to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will
push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have
done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly
what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can
use Cruz’s own words to do so
. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that
this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole
confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam
ultimately can’t be made to work.

The question is, "why is anyone following this nihilistic dangerous demagogue from Calgary?" Only the foaming at the mouth rabid teabaggers, who see this dangerous demagogue as one of them, are his supporters. Everyone else hates him. The media, if we had an Edward R. Murrow left among the bunch of clownish yahoos we are stuck with today, would destroy this dangerous demagogue before he can do serious harm to this country.

What do we do when one political party has become so dysfunctional that it is no longer a responsible party capable of governing? And what do we do when that political party is led by the intellectually bankrupt and morally depraved conservative media entertainment complex? They are unaccountable to anyone.

As the high priests of "centrism," Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, recently wrote in “Brighter future for politics and policy requires a different Republican Party”, this dysfunctional political party must suffer a massive electoral defeat in order to restore any semblance of governance. Kick 'em all out.

NB: Two Democrats, Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.), decided to jump off the cliff with the GOP.

UPDATE: Awesome quick take by Josh Marshall for a report by Sahil Kapur: "We have arrived at the moment where the flying shark eats Ted Cruz whole in his self-produced movie Defundnado."


  1. Lets hold off on the grand predictions of “Political Suicide” until we actually see it happen, ok? You know, if we regain control of the House in 2014? Because right now, they’re winning. Big.

    They’ve managed to make damned near impossible for the President to do anything but crisis management, they’ve forced enormous, across-the-board cuts in government spending, they gerrymandered themselves long-term incumbent protection thatnks to the Dem collapse in 2010, they continue to elect bugfuck insane people to office at all levels of government.

    They’ve managed to deny judicial appointments to the presidents entire first term, and show no intent to stop this obstruction. They’ve denied the President his first choice any a host of Cabinet and other appointments.

    Tell me, just *exactly* how are they losing this battle, because from where I sit they’re doing exactly what they said they were coming here to do.

    They’re perfectly willing to burn down the country to gain their long-term goals, and they have a ton of money and an enormous propaganda machine willing AND able to convince large minorities of Americans to vote against their interests time and time and time again. Sure polling says that people don’t like what they’re doing, but damned of the crazy ones don’t keep getting elected time and time and time again.

    You are making the grave and ultimately fatal presumption that both sides fundamentally want what’s best for the country as a whole.

    THEY DON’T CARE. They’re nihilists who would rather turn everything into rubble before compromising and they’re perfectly capable of doing this.

    Ted Cruz WILL get re-elected, if not elected president. God help us all if they ever get their hands on all levers of power again…look at North Carolina.

    We’d be in a dystopia like “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a heartbeat.

    Tell me again how what they’re doing is “political suicide”??? It looks a lot more like “Political total war” to me, and we’ve decided to bring squirt-guns to the battle.

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