By Isabel Matos
Celebrating this win today was not cheerleading. It was not based on a self-serving or self-promotional political act. It is the beginning of a long battle, but it is a genuine victory for the American people which should be acknowledged for what it was: the will of the people defeating the establishment, led by Ted Cruz. But for his tireless fight and effort to unite us, it would not have happened.
There were good guys and bad guys in this fight, but the leadership of the good outweighed the defeatism by the bad. As we saw in the last article written on ObamaCare, it took a massive effort to get the word out to Republicans to not vote for the sneaky attempt by Eric Cantor to trick Representatives into voting for a bill to fund the measure, and a separate one to defund it, so that when it reached the Senate, the defund part of it would be tossed by Reid, but it worked! That was the reason for the urgency in the Tea Party Patriots and Conservative letter from Matt Hoskins. Then we had Jeb Bush, Peter King, Greg Gutfeld, Bill OReilly and Dana Perino putting Ted and the Defund ObamaCare effort down.
Today the House voted to #DefundObamacare
The House voted today to keep the government open through mid-December but only if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare. The vote was 230 to 189. The vote today to fund government through Dec. 15 at current levels, but ONLY IF Congress stripped funding from Obamacare. This was a huge victory for the American people. Senate Republicans must now unify to #DefundObamacare. If your Senator is not listed below, they have not pledged to stop funding of ObamaCare. (Rand Paul has talked of “compromise” if things don’t happen completely as we want, so please make sure to call him.)
* Mike Lee (R-UT)
* Ted Cruz (R-TX)
* Rand Paul (R-KY)
* Marco Rubio (R-FL)
* Deb Fischer (R-NE)
* Jim Risch (R-ID)
* Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
* David Vitter (R-LA)
* Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
* Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
* John Thune (R-SD)
* Mike Enzi (R-WY)
* Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Just to let you know, this is Rand Paul-style politics. He uses the following image to promote his stance on ObamaCare:
yet talking quickly about compromise when pushed a little further.. almost surrendering and not believing, like Ted does. We have seen him waffle before on drone strikes, abortion and a pathway to citizenship, depending on the temperature of the day. He steals the headline to promote his brand, then acts like a regular insider. I am posting the clip below so you can remind him where you stand, (just in case): we need him to “fight”, not reach across the aisle.
Back to the Winners, Boehner (surprisingly) was on the right side of things today ~ the side of the People. Some say it’s too little too late. I agree. But resignation will have to take a backseat to Cruz’s stellar achievement today, no small feat.
It was Cruz who generated the tsunami he had been talking about at Town Halls. According to him, this could not have happened two weeks ago. He said on Cavuto today that this was a victory for the American people who have risen up. The House voted decisively against the biggest job killer in the country.
Ted has said from the start the process would involve a serious of steps, that this was just the beginning and that full repeal would only come once the Senate was Republican again. He emphasized unity among Republicans to get this done.
The first step is to unify and mobilize the American people.
The second step is to unify House conservatives who stand strong for Conservative principles.
The third step is for Senate Republicans must come together and support House Republicans.
Ted says the ball is in Harry’s court. He warns he will try procedural games, in particular (according to staff who is leaking information) like a vote to fund ObamaCare on a straight party line vote with only Democrats, using a 51-vote threshold. Ted says he is hopeful that if all 46 Republicans stand unified, side by side with Republicans in the House, it can happen.
He said the old process is working: over 1.5 million people signed the DefundObamaCare national petition, calling their Senators and elected representatives which got people‘s attention. He also said that Harry Reid might choose to kill the continuing resolution and threaten a government shutdown, but doesn’t think he should that. He said Reid might be “extreme” (brilliant) enough to do that. If that happens, the ball will shift back to the House.
Don’t you just love how Ted Cruz positions himself? That kind of steel spine resolve has been missing for so long! This puts the ball in Harry’s court.
Ted says that Harry Reid has 54 Democrats. If he wants to kill the continuing resolution at this stage, that the way to win is to continue sending over limited CR, funding different pieces of the government one at a time, for example, the military, and to stand firm. Would he defund the military, for example?
Again, Ted Cruz says it is going to be a long process. The way to win is to keep making the case to the American people. We have to unify Republicans in the Senate this week. Once that happens you start moving Red State Democrats one at a time. They won’t join us unless we’re unified. If you’re one of them, receiving calls from constituents saying ObamaCare is killing jobs, calculus changes. Ted will use all procedural means available
Cavuto asks about Karl Rove’s comments saying he admired his passion, but the numbers didn’t favor this happening. Ted said:
1) You lose 100% battles that you begin by surrendering. All these Republicans who want to surrender at the outset, are already not winning.
2) We are winning. This vote today was historic. For the first time in years, Republicans are leading in Health Care (WSJ) because we’re standing up and fighting ObamaCare.
3) I believe we can win this fight as we persuade the American people. Look at what happened with Syria. The American people stood up and said, we don’t want to get involved in Syria.
From a Texan who commented on his appearance today: Great interview. Cruz will always fight for the American people. He will never surrender or not engage at all. Heck, do you remember how he won the election last year? He just got out and grabbed the victory with his own bare hands!!!! God bless you, Ted!!!!!! (Laura Pesce)
Today was a genuine victory over the defeatism that plagues the RINOS. For the first time in a long time, I feel we won. Ted Cruz is not self-promotional. He is in it to serve and to UNIFY US. I believe he will. This was his message today:
A look back at how this got started by Ted Cruz:
In the upper chamber, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the CR that would completely defund Obamacare, threatening to object to any spending measure that doesn’t include his amendment. Once again, conservatives are unhappy with how congressional Republicans are handling a fiscal fight in Congress.
This time, their ire is because Republicans aren’t trying hard enough to defund, or at least whittle away at, the Affordable Care Act by attaching language to the continuing resolution that passed the House on Wednesday, March 6th… some conservative leaders are fuming that Republicans, particularly in the House where the GOP controls the chamber, didn’t at least trying to attach language to eliminate Obamacare through the legislation. A Republican leadership aide countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line with conservative priorities.
The conservative outcry comes as Republican governors are gradually embracing aspects of Obamacare and readying themselves to implement it. But after rallying against the health care reform bill during the 2012 campaign, House Republicans have taken no action to stop it in Washington…
“In my view, Obamacare should be fully repealed, and I have introduced legislation to do so,” Cruz said in a Wednesday statement. “At a minimum, however, it should not be implemented at a time when our economy is struggling so mightily, at a time when its implementation could push us into a full recession.”
And Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced shortly afterward that he would join Cruz.
Read more here.
The rest will be history, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Thank you, Senator Cruz. You are living up to your name. Final Vote Results here