Monday, December 15, 2014

Scapegoating Cruz

by Jerry Collette
Guest Contributor

Making Ted Cruz the bad guy is not only a favorite pastime of Democrats and their allies in the media, establishment Republicans do it, too.

Back in 2013, when the government was shut down for two weeks, and little resulted from it, was it Cruz's fault ... or was it the fault of the establishment Republicans who didn't stand with him?

In his latest effort to force a vote on the constitutionality of Obama's executive amnesty, 20 Republican senators voted that what Obama did was constitutional. Here's the list:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
John Barrasso (R-WY)Dean Heller (R-NV)
Dan Coats (R-IN)Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Susan Collins (R-ME)John McCain (R-AZ)
Bob Corker (R-TN)Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
John Cornyn (R-TX)Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Many of those on the list made loud noises in opposition to Obama's executive amnesty. However, when their first chance to vote on it came up, look how they voted. That's where the rubber meets the road. What a sellout!

If these 20, or even most of them, had supported Cruz and stood up to Obama, it would have forced more Democrats, especially the vulnerable ones up for election next round, to take a stand. With 20 Republicans voting in favor of Obama's amnesty, all the Democrats did so comfortably, and will most likely get away with it.

The problem isn't Cruz. The problem is that we don't have enough members of Congress like him, from either party. We don't expect it from Democrats, but it shows we have a ways to go to get the RINO's turned around or replaced.

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