Should the GOP leadership be so stuck on Ted Cruz? Excerpt:
All this whining about Ted Cruz is getting on my nerves. They’re upset that he’s criticizing Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell, instead of rallying to the Republican establishment banner in all the primaries, the better, they seem to think, to take over the Senate after the November elections. “Fight Obama, not the Republican leadership.”
So their argument is that hard-fought primaries might produce more conservative candidates in November, and this would be a bad thing. It’s going to be hard to convince Cruz, since he’s only in the Senate because he challenged the establishment candidate in the Republican primary in Texas a couple of years ago. And won the primary. And then won the general election bigtime.
Mind you, I’m not in favor of supporting deranged candidates. I shudder at the thought of repeats of some of the latest conservative nominees. But I’m not at all convinced that tough primaries are bad for the Republican Party, or indeed for the country. Quite the contrary. I’m all for it. The country’s in a terrible jam and we need outstanding leaders, men of strong will and conviction, who won’t catch Potomac fever, who won’t go along to win the next election. I don’t think the Republican Party is well led. Who does? I think McConnell and Boehner have run away from too many important fights.
Boy howdy, ain’t that the truth. Witness as an example the GOP’s recent cave on the debt ceiling, where they went tits-up and didn’t receive one single concession in return.
Both political parties are going through a time of transition, but while the Democrats are moving to the left, led by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and, yes, Barack Obama, the GOP’s transition is much less clear. The libertarian wing of the party, a group that includes yr. obdt, is gaining ground, while the older, uber-religious wing of the party seems to be losing a little influence.
Cruz is a gadfly. Gadflies are good for the political process. They stir things up. The GOP could use some stirring up – they’ve been far too spineless lately.