Sympathy For The Devil, AKA Ted Cruz
On the surface, the Republican drive to once again shut down the federal government is reckless and stupid. Even worse is the reasoning behind the drive – to oppose a program in which millions of Americans will finally see some stability and compassion in addressing their health care needs.
That said, I have a tinge of sympathy for the zealots.
For a long time, the Republican Party has attained power by playing a perverse game with some of the strongest elements in its base. They promise them the world and pander to their base instincts, and then when the stuff hits the fan, they punt.
The biggest example of this in recent times was Bush campaigning on a federal marriage amendment in 2004. He pushed for it time and again, promising the religious right base of the GOP that his re-election was the only thing standing between John Kerry and marauding bands of liberals forcibly gay marrying Americans.
Then after he was re-elected, he dropped it in a New York minute, preferring to spend his capital on an issue the GOP’s money men were far more invested in: privatizing Social Security.
In response, the GOP base just sucked it up and took it. They almost always just suck it up and take it.
Since the passage of Obamacare, the GOP has told the base not to worry. Befitting something they’ve repeatedly denounced as the new herald of socialism in America (a market based solution to a public health problem), they’ve assured them that strategies are in place to kill it.
They made nonsense arguments in the Supreme Court, in addition to the more sensible path of opposition. That didn’t work.
Then they said they would repeal the law by winning back the House. Instead it has been a 41 vote to repeal cartoon.
Then they said they’d win the White House and Romney would repeal it. We know how that worked out.
So it isn’t too insane for them to get behind Sen. Ted Cruz’s idiotic “shut down the government
to destroy Obamacare” initiative. It almost makes sense. They exist in a media world where everyone is telling them their positions are in the mainstream, that the media is ignoring their supposedly obvious ideas and that most non-white opinions and votes don’t matter, not really.
So why not the Cruz gambit? Why would official D.C. Slam him and his ideas, if theyre always wrong on everything?
They’re embracing Cruz’s lunacy because it is perfectly sane in the world they live in. Nobody has told them about the real world, and they are acting accordingly.
I can sort of sympathize with that.