Republican Do-Nothings Are Terrified Of Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz begins his Filibuster in Washington, DC

It’s quite obvious that Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour pseudo-filibuster was but a minuscule hurdle to the rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform package. But what the Texas Republican’s act of grand political theater lacked in legislative impact, it certainly makes up for by illuminating the state of conservatism in the GOP.

On the heels of Cruz’s marathon speech, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered lukewarm praise for Cruz’s unwavering stand against the President’s healthcare reform effort, but criticized the junior Senator for using “intellectually dishonest” tactics to make a point.

Coburn, who has routinely been ranked as one of Congress’s most conservative members, accused Cruz of misleading American voters about just how conservative GOP lawmakers can get away with being.

I’m finishing up nine years in the Senate,” Coburn said on “Morning Joe.” “Nobody has a higher conservative rating than I do. I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectation of this process.”

“I’m getting all sorts of emails from people that supported me, because they have been misled about what’s possible.” Coburn said. “Do people not think if I could change Obamacare, I’d do it in a minute? It’s a disappointment that we have put a short term goal with lousy tactics ahead of being honest with the American people.”

Coburn’s assessment is based on the fact that Cruz couldn’t possibly garner the necessary 67 Senate votes that it would take to override Obama’s inevitable veto of a continuing resolution that defunds the Affordable Care Act.

“The problem with politics is if you create expectations you can’t fulfill, that leads to disappointment,” Coburn said. “You know, I’m all for changing the Affordable Care Act, eliminating it and doing something that’s more transparent, more market-oriented. To create the impression that we can defund Obamacare when the only thing we control — and barely — is the U.S. House of Representatives, is not intellectually honest.”

Here’s a quote from Coburn on Obamacare circa October 2010: “I think the best strategy is to call for a repeal bill and pass that bill. And if you can’t pass it the first time, then offer it again the next month, and offer it again the next month.”

In 2010, Republicans roundly voted against Obamacare. In 2011, every Republican in the U.S. House voted to repeal the healthcare law. The GOP budget proposal submitted by establishment GOP little-boy-do Representative Paul Ryan early this year proposed stripping funding for Obamacare.

All of those efforts failed. But as Coburn said in 2010: Republicans should try and try again until they have exhausted all options. Cruz has simply set about taking the fight against Obamacare — a fight he is damned to lose — to its logical conclusion. Isn’t that why his constituents put him in office?

Coburn doesn’t think so. And ditto for Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), who has spent the past two days pissing and moaning about “vile” phone calls he keeps receiving from Cruz supporters.

“The vehemence of the phone calls coming into the office. I don’t care, people can call me whatever they want … I haven’t heard such vile, profane, obscene language,” King said Thursday.

He also called Cruz a false leader for failing to bend to the will of the Washington machine and give up on the Obamacare fight, something most other so-called conservatives did long ago.

“I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution,” King said. “I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader here.”

King and Coburn are not alone. They are joined by a long list of other GOP leaders who vowed to fight Obamacare, dished out a great deal of lofty rhetoric and lightweight legislative showboating and, in the end, did nothing but mislead their constituents. Among them are many lawmakers in the House and Senate, especially those in leadership positions.

Cruz will take his lashes for what amounted to a largely hot-air and ineffectual last-ditch effort to halt Obamacare in the form of pompous bloviating from his GOP counterparts. But don’t be fooled; they aren’t attacking him because he’s wrong or because his effort is doomed to fail. They do so because they are frightened that the rhetorical, do-nothing nature of American conservatism is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And as long as guys like Cruz and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appear to be proactively fighting policies from the left, even in the face of sure failure and political castigation, people like King and the rest of the GOP do-nothings are going to have to deal with “vile” phone calls from angry constituents wondering why they weren’t leading impassioned charges of their own.

Coburn, King, Boehner and the whole lot of so-called Republicans already know that the most effective result of Cruz’s talk-a-thon will have nothing to do with Obamacare, but will rather exhibit at polling places in coming elections.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • angelkisz

    I surely hope the old rhino’s are sweating. We sent them there to represent the people, not their own interest and if that calls for ruffling feathers , so be it. So, if they don’t have the cajone’s to stand up for the people then get the heck out of Dodge and let someone who does step up. So , to sum it up, poop or get off the pot.

    • FreedomFighter

      “Republican Do-Nothings Are Terrified Of Ted Cruz”
      “When a lions roars, the hyena’s tremble.”—FreedomFighter
      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Cruz is no lion, a coyote maybe. But then why do you want another variety of human predator?

        • Jana

          You don’t like Cruz? Why?

          • liz

            Maybe because he isn’t a progressive liberal.

      • liz

        The article refers to possible promises, could also mean threats. Who knows what the Progressive Liberals have on these people.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      The old RHINOs won’t be sweating, they’ll get better at camouflaging themselves and their language.

    • Mike Willemsen

      The California Republican Party got rid of its Rhinos. It has not won a statewide election since.

  • antiliberal00

    Coburn and the rest of his progressive scum have sold out the very people that put him in office. He is more worried about his own pocketbook and benefits that he is about upholding his oath of office. That applies to %99 of congress.
    Coburn is no closer to being a conservative than Obama is.
    He either supports people like Cruz and Mike Lee or he is a declared enemy of conservatism. Being a republican now days doesn’t mean squat as the vast majority are pushing us for a one world government.
    I wonder what they have been promised for their treachery?

  • alex connery

    Both Coburn and King would do well to start representing their constituents more honestly. Apparently they are just saying “we can’t win so we are just going to quit.” They are just afraid they will be blamed for shutting down the govt if they “cave” on the obamacare funding. The only ones who will blame them are the obaminites as always. The only fear they should be concerned about is from their own constitiuents at the polls because if they don’t dig in and fight with whatever “ammo” they can muster (and right now the only ammo they have is the power of the purse,, they need to exercise it) then we don’t need them there cuz they aren’t accomplishing anything. If they don’t think they can be effective in their most prominent endeavors then they need to pack up and go home,,,or to jail,, without passing “go” cuz they sure as hell won’t be re-elected. We are tired of nothing but excuses,,,they need to figure out how to be more effective and start getting the job done,,,they need to be more effective in all the scandal investigations also,,,now not later,,after all the perpetrators are out of office or even worse dead of old age.

  • Jamie Higdon

    It’s time! It’s really here! Now the pandering and double speak will finally be shown the door. This is our nation,
    Founded on the laws of nature and nature’s God. I pray today for leaders of courage and conviction who are willing to stop the games and do the job of effectual leadership. Folks turn the real false leaders out at the next opportunity.

  • Scotty

    If any one thing can be said is this, don’t get mad, get even. And by that I mean that all the other49 states must follow what Colorado did to their former senators. Vote them out and replace them with new reps. We all need to do this for our country’s sake

    • Centurian

      Well, those were State Senators, not their representatives in DC.

      • Jana

        It still works the same way. Hopefully people will remember.

    • JRR

      And hope it works better than when we cleaned out the vipers’ nest in the House – the largest sweep in the history of America. And then most of the new reps refused to do what they were sent there to do.

  • wyatt48

    Mr. Coburn. The idea of having a job representing the people means that you represent their wishes. If it is hard, you do it anyway. It is your job. If you can’t do it well, there are plenty of applicants out there looking for that job that could do it right.

  • Warrior

    4 years to pound the message every day about the real reason behind this “scheme” and you did nothing but “symbolic” votes. 4 years to put together a “plan” and you did nothing. Secretly, they are in favor of more gubmint control. The “jobs” they keep talking about “creating” aren’t “new” jobs. They are existing jobs but now they will become “patronage” jobs. And after all, aren’t those the only real “jobs” politicians are after?

  • TexRancher

    A whole pack of gutless politicians are afraid of one Republican with a backbone! Why to go, Ted. Keep the spotlight shining on the “Wimples” in Congress! Don’t let them hide in the shadows!

    Finally, an example of representative government. (In one person)

    • Nadzieja Batki

      All Cruz did was flap his mouth for 21 hours +. That is supposed to be a example of a Representative Government?

      • Jana

        Without sitting down or without going to the bathroom. He was not allowed to continue talking either.
        Sadly he is only one of a handful that actually did what his constituents asked him to do. Fight Obamacare in a real way, not just lip service..

        • JRR

          Not “representative government” unless he’s spouting liberal propaganda, to some people.

      • JRR

        Oh, noooooo! No, indeed! Representative government is not that AT ALL!

        Representative government is executive orders allowing the hunting of the (endangered) national symbol of America; allowing Interpol to do anything to any American with absolutely no protection for Americans against Interpol; instructing government agencies to begin inflicting U.N. Agenda 21 on Americans.

        “Representative government” is ceasing to issue United States Passports for the first time in America’s history because there isn’t enough money – while taking $100 million vacations and paying the White House dog walker $100,000 a year.

        “Representative government” is allowing Muslim Brotherhood racist Christian-haters to officially advise the “president” as to what should be done to Americans; it is pandering to illegal aliens at huge expense of Americans; it is the importation of large numbers of people whose “sacred” text commands them to kill or enslave anyone who won’t join their sex & death cult disguised as a religion.

        “Representative government” is forcing people to pay into an alleged health care system, but denying them treatment on the basis of, for instance, age.

        That’s “representative government” to the progressives, liberals, fascists, socialists and communists who have infested America. May there be a special place …

        • JRR

          PS – Another Texan!

    • Jana

      Everyone complains and bellyaches that the Republicans are getting nothing done, and have no leadership. then one FINALLY stands up and leads and then they all complain he isn’t leading the right way or we don’t like what he is doing. AAAGH!!!!

      I want to tell them to shut their mouth and get a back bone and quit being so cotton picking afraid. Karl Rove the leading RHINO said Cruz didn’t go through the right channels. What??? What right channels? No one has a backbone in the Rep. party. They are all so worried about being blamed for something.
      Tex. Rancher, I so agree with you.
      Another Texan.

  • squeeze127

    Wow, a Republican Senator with some cajones!!! There is some hope yet for that Party. Notice that the RINOs are the ones calling him out? Time to start getting rid of the “dead weight.”

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      There is HO HOPE for the Rupuke Party….Ted Cruz…Mark Lee…Rand Paul and a few others are not a REAL part of that Party because they are trying to represent the PEOPLE WHO ELECTED THEM…NOT THE POLITICIANS WHO ONLY WANT TO STAY IN OFFICE AND IN POWER AT ALL COSTS…The Repuke Party has become as irrelevant as the WHIG PARTY they replaced in 1854…

      • Quester55

        Yet Isn’t it Strange Those Communist supporting DAME-O-Crats had the power to prevent this SMOKE SCREEN of a SHUT DOWN, & They DID NOTHING!!, Seems that Every Democrat will be Suffering alongside Their Republican Counterparts, While OBAMA & CLAN Twiddle Their Thumbs in Gleeful Inaction!

    • Quester55

      Also Notice, He’s a TEXAN!!

  • Nadzieja Batki

    I beg to differ, the Dems/Progs/Leftists actually want Ted Cruz for the Republicans.

  • Centurian

    OK, so the Senate rejects the portion defunding Obamacare. The Bill goes back to the House and they reinsert it as a condition to passing the CR. The Senate rejects again, so no continuing resolution and the Gubmint “shuts down.” Point made!

    If the Senate relents and passes the two-part bill, Obama vetoes and shuts the Gubmint down all by himself. I don’t see the problem.

    We either get the CR without Obamacare or we get no spending bill including Obamacare. I don’t see a real downside to this.

    The House just needs to hang tough on this.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The problem is the John “Wave the White Flag of Surrender” Boehner….will CAVE IN AS USUAL…Along with all the rest of the Establishment REPUKES….

    • Michael Shreve

      What part of shutting down th U.S. government is BAD?

      • Quester55

        If your the Leader of CHINA, It’s Good News, The Same can be Said for North Korea, England, Egypt, Iran, Even Canada & Mexico, & Nearly All of South America & Lease we Forget, JAPAN!!
        I Guess ONLY the Rest of us LOYAL, Red/White/Blue IN GOD We Trust, Americans think it to be a Bad Thing!!

        • Michael Shreve

          Our “own” government is anti-American. The federal government is exercising powers NOT within its’ CONSTITUTIONAL authority. Multiple agencies HARASS WE THE PEOPLE rather than HELP US. WHY are we SUPPOSED to be GRATEFUL to pay for this AND borrow money to make it happen?

  • Ed Burns

    Vote the old Rhino’s Boehner, McCain, Graham, Coburn, King, McConnell out of office as they are as useless as teats on a bore! And, while were at it, get rid of Schumer, Pelosi and all the others with Socialist views on both sides of the aisle!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      There are 535 USELESS WINDBAGS in the House and Senate….Giving it the benefit of the doubt….We need to get rid of at least 525 of the USELESS WINDBAGS….and replace them with Representatives of the PEOPLE…..And remove the STENCH THAT COMES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE…

  • Carlos

    Hopefully. people will see what a bunch of losers we have in the Congress and Senate. Ted Cruz made a good stand and put the RINO’s to shame.

    Now we see for sure why the Republicans lose so much, The problem is they will continue to vote people like Boehner and McConnell back into office. That’s why we need a new party.. .

    • Jana

      We need a whole party no matter what the name of the party is of Ted Cruz’s. If we did then we could get something done.
      Those stupid Republicans wimped, cowarded, and RHINOED out so we need to vote them out. They are so afraid of their own shadow that they can’t stand up and be counted like men and women of substance. It took real courage for Cruz to make this stand and I am so proud of him, and so ashamed of McCain and Cornyn and all of the rest of the Rhino’s up there that wanted to wait for 2 birds in a bush instead of using the bird they had in their hand right now.

  • Jamie Higdon

    I want Ted Cruz for America. The republicans don’t matter

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    There are too many of the Establishment Repukes that that PRETEND TO BE CONSERVATIVE TO GET RE-ELECTED….THEN QUICKLY RETURN TO THEIR “RINO” STATUS…


    • Quester55

      Until Recently, My Only Complaint about my Party was when R.Ragon forgave those Traitors that Fled our Country instead of answering their DRAFT NOTICES, !!
      Now I’m Ashamed of those TURN-COATS that Supported Obama & His communistic Party of S-W-I-N-E!!

      • FreedomTrainUSA

        The Repuke Party…Run by the Establishment RINOS…. has become just a irrelevant as the Whig Party that they replaced back in 1854…..TIME TO REPLACE THE REPUKE PARTY WITH A TRUE CONSERVATIVE PARTY THAT REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE….Instead of just being a Faction of the POLITICIANS PARTY with the other faction being the MARXIST SOCIALIST D****RAT FACTION…

  • Michael Shreve

    Like the rest, if they DID NOTHING they would do less damage.

  • JLWright

    Thomas Sowell said today “George Washington was not able to fight the British everywhere” and “futile symbolic confrontations are a luxury that cannot be afforded”. 

    What if the enemy was holding your children hostage and warned you will die if you try to free them? What if Jesus avoided death to set sin captives free? What if Rosa Parks was too afraid to sit in the front of a bus?


How responsible is it for Congress to allow great economic damage to the country in order to get enough voters support? 

If you don’t think Obama care can be stopped in its’ infancy, on what solid basis do you think it can be stopped when it matures?

  • Dave

    To say that I am extremely disappointed in the 25 “republican” senators that today voted with their “progressive” counterparts would be a vast understatement.
    I’m not sure I’ll ever vote for an establishment republican again, as they seem to have given up on America, it’s founding principles and it’s people.
    They are allowing elitism to rule their thinking and destroy the country, all in the belief that “Well, when we win back the Senate, we’ll be able to do something about this”, when in reality, I believe that they lost a lot of conservative folks votes today by their inaction on something they campaigned heavily on.
    No more for me. Rino’s go home!

    • Adora Sala

      Yes McCain please retire and your friends too!

  • billybob

    All of this is just a symtom of the greater problem. We have in the white house and in the congress a fully operational plan to destroy America as we know it today. I just came back from Europe. At one time our money(the dollars) was worth something. Our dollar has no buying power in Europe. You give them $1,000.00 dollars and they give you back $750.00 Two or three years from now it will be worth less. This is because our government is printing out money. The more it prints, the less the value of the dollar. Add to this the same group of people who are driving the health insurance people out of business. The underlying goal is not to provide less expensive health costs but to make health programs under the total control of the government. Private business is coming to an end as we know it. Now add 30 million illegals to our population. This government has made it it’s policy to grant free health care for those people who entered this country illegally. This government is rewarding them with all kinds of social programs for breaking our laws! Now I don’t know much about economics, but I do know nothing is free. Someone has to pay for it. We have a government that is one the one hand suppling guns and ammo to the sworn enemy of America ( Terrorist) and at the same time working very hard on taking away our Second Amendment “RIGHT” to own and keep a gun. We also have an on going program that has significant reprocussions. They are intentionally dumbing down the children of America. When you have kids getting out of school who can’t read, do math and don’t even know who the Secretary of State is we have a serious problem of becoming a nation of Sheep. I believe that over half of the population are already sheep, following those who will become their masters. Their ability to reason goes out the window and they become captives of a politcally run news media with a anti capitalist view of of free enterprise and the demonizing of those who have financially suceeded in this country. Even that is slanted. The ones that are demonized are all conservative. Liberals get a free ride. This is time in your lives that you need to decide how you, your children and Grand Children will live out thier lives. Under a regime or in a free society.

    • Briylaln

      And it’s just a matter of time before thay pass a law giving the illegals the right to vote. Since they are residing in this country, they should have a right about how it’s run. Every great country has gotten off track and then had a revolution to get its bearings back. Our government (Dems and Reps) knows it and is trying everything possible with bribes, handouts, threat of incarceration, etc to make it virtually impossible for us (conservatives, constitutionalists, tea party, libertarians) to bring this country back to what it once was. As in all history that continually repeats itself, we will prevail. It will take time, blood and sacrafice, but it will be done.

  • Robbie

    Cruz ranted against a position for 21 hours and voted the opposite way. What’s the matter with him?

  • Robert Messmer

    Peter King “called Cruz a false leader for failing to bend to the will of the Washington machine.” Yes sir, that is exactly why we vote for people–so they can bend to the will of the Washington machine. Sounds like an excellent reason to get rid of that machine because it is broken beyond repair.

  • Quester55

    The Answer to the last Question is; 30 pieces of silver!

  • Quester55

    I really need to open a Cheese Pub on this page, to go with all of the WINE(ing) going on!

    • 1baronrichsnot1

      That’s whine! Yes, whine, when america and it’s people get screwed by a bunch of appeasing azzholes, for, you said it 30 pieces of something, then they have to go. This so called ACA, (not affordable at all) is illegal.

    • Briylaln

      Well, if you just go to hell, you won’t have to read this. By the way, if you want to complain, why do you even subscibe.

      • Quester55

        You First & Take that Communist in D.C. With you!

  • TexRancher

    Excellent point. Compromise with democrats today means surrender without a fight. Boehner and McConnell set the low level for that. They are now starting to come around, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they fear the people who elected them are ready to come after them with tire irons!

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    What were they promised? Probably green mail, parties, and staying in power (same way it was passed)! That seems to be what DC insiders thrive on, and to hell with the country and taxpayers! We can’t afford all this crap, we don’t even know what co pays are, what all is covered, don’t truly know the cost, CBO says another 2 trillion, sebelius is incompetent to run something like this, does congress vet the board of drs.? There’s a myriad of reasons this abortion of a bill should be repealed, and the main one is it is illegal. If this program is so good for america and folks, then why does everyone want to opt out..Coburn just doesn’t fight hard enough for america. He could have not voted at all, instead he voted with these marxists. Go figure!

    • Briylaln

      I don’t believe in conspiricies, but I really am curious about what the NSA has on Justice Roberts.

  • Briylaln

    I agree with what senator Cruz did in reference to standing up for what he believes and for doing exactley what he told the people that elected him what he was going to do and then doing it. Personally, I would like to see Obama care enacted, the way it was written with NO put offs of mandates. If Obama care is put off for a year, when the 2014 elections come around, no one will no the effects of this law. If it enacted now, people will be living under it for a year and know the effects and vote accordingly.

  • RT

    Possibly they are being offered (for their trechery) anti stupid pills for free!
    Sure they need the pills.

    • Quester55

      Yet Isn’t it Strange Those Communist supporting DAME-O-Crats had the
      power to prevent this SMOKE SCREEN of a SHUT DOWN, & They DID
      NOTHING!!, Seems that Every Democrat will be Suffering alongside Their
      Republican Counterparts, While OBAMA & CLAN Twiddle Their Thumbs in
      Gleeful Inaction!
      Truth is, The Only Pills these Traitors deserve is that One Way pill the Old SPY’S use to Carry!

      All of these Fools from Both Sides, Live in Houses, Mostly made of Wood, It’d be a Shame if they were made to Suffer as They are making we Citizens Suffer!

  • wyatt48

    Cruz and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appear to be proactively fighting policies from the left, even in the face of sure failure and political castigation,– This is the exact reason that the gop old guard is afraid of those 2. They will bring the right fight. Even if it is against most odds in the sewer we call D.C. It is the right thing to do. It is what the people want. I used to be a Republican. Now I am a conservative. I still love this country and want it to be saved.