“The freshman senator has also been the driving force behind the plan to condition any new spending on the inclusion of provisions scaling back President Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law.
“Cruz and GOP leaders have sometimes bickered over strategy, while at other times they have looked to be on the same page.”
The conventional wisdom surrounding the current government shutdown is that it will be a repeat of the 1995-96 shut down that gave the Gingrich Congress a black eye and resulted in a reversal of fortune for then President Bill Clinton who had suffered from the Republican takeover of the Congress in 1994. Ted Cruz, considered the moving force behind the confrontational strategy designed to force a scaling back or a defunding of Obamacare, would seem to be in the most peril of suffering the most.
But as Ed Morrissey at Hot Air opines, that wisdom was based on the idea that President Obama would be as politically adroit as Clinton had been. But between the spectacle of World War II veterans storming the World War II Memorial in Washington and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s gaffe about children with cancer, there exists the possibility that the Republicans – and Ted Cruz – could come out on top, at least politically, by being seen as the more sane side in the controversy.
If Cruz can boast of forcing his fellow Republicans to hold the line, he will have developed a great deal of credibility as a potential president of the United States. This is a remarkable feat for a freshman senator in his first year in office.