According to revelations from pundit Chris Wallace following a “Fox News Sunday” interview with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), it appears that President Barack Obama and other healthcare reform supporters likely have a few power-player allies in the GOP.
Cruz, who has championed a Republican bill that would defund healthcare reform in order to prevent a government shutdown, has found it increasingly hard to get his establishment Republican colleagues behind the plan. But not only are many Republicans not supporting Cruz, some are attempting to eviscerate his political clout.
After his interview with Cruz on Sunday, Wallace revealed that he had received “unsolicited research and questions” from Republicans who knew that the Senator was slated to appear on the program.
“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington, and I say that because as soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions not from Democrats, but from top Republicans who — to hammer Cruz,” Wallace said.
Following the revelation, Cruz said that the attempt to attack him was simply indicative of establishment politicians’ fear of anything that “changes the clubby way Washington does business.”
“I mean folks can do whatever they want to resist change, and there are a lot of people that have been in Washington a long time that are fearful of change. They’re fearful of risk, they’re fearful of anything that changes the clubby way Washington does business,” Cruz said Monday on FOX News’ “Hannity.”
Establishment Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) have certainly abandoned Cruz in his effort to defund Obamacare by stepping aside and ceding to the will of Democrats in the upper chamber.
But Cruz and a handful of Senate allies have shifted tactics. He is now urging Republicans to filibuster the government funding bill even though it has the anti-Affordable Care Act language that he supports in order to keep Reid from striking the restrictions on the law with a simple majority vote.
“That should pose an easy choice for every Republican Senator,” Cruz told reporters earlier this week.
Unfortunately, Cruz may have overestimated his Senate colleagues. After all, it should also be an easy choice not to attempt to sabotage one of the Party’s only true conservatives in a national television interview.