It’s over. The Tea Party and the conservative movement lost the government shutdown fight. Obamacare will be fully funded, families of deceased World War II veterans will finally be able to visit the graves of their loved ones, and Ted Cruz will be stuck eating green eggs and ham for several weeks.
Just to be perfectly clear, Obamacare is a horrible law. Even the Daily Kos knows it. This is not a defense of Obamacare or the Democrats or the GOP establishment. This is a critique of those who put their faith behind Ted Cruz and behind the Tea Party politicians who tried (and failed) to defund Obamacare.
For starters, Cruz is a flake. He probably supports amnesty, which destroys any “conservative” credentials he claims to have. Shortly before the Senate passed the amnesty bill last June, it was clear that Cruz was weak-kneed. As Marco Rubio demonstrated, supporting amnesty is even more toxic to the Tea Party base than supporting Obamacare.
Ladies and gentlemen, Cruz is just like Rubio. His huffing and puffing against Obamacare was subterfuge. He may sincerely oppose Obamacare, but to be brutally honest, that doesn’t matter when he and the entire Tea Party caucus, from Rubio to Mike Lee to Rand Paul, are awful on the much more important issue of immigration.
That brings us to the question in the headline: Where does the Tea Party go from here? It should start by refusing to support candidates that are weak on immigration. What’s the use in opposing Obamacare when all these Tea Party senators support the mass importation of foreigners who support Obamacare? From here on out, the Tea Party should consider the Cruz’s and Rubio’s of the world guilty until proven innocent. Rubio is a verified back stabber, and Cruz is a pending one.
The Tea Party also needs to move beyond economism. What’s economism? Economism is the idea that conservatives can win widespread support from the American people by standing for free markets, limited government, and tax cuts. According to the theory of economism, conservatives will never lose as long as they explicitly and strongly support these policies. This theory was crushed last November when the ticket with Paul Ryan on it lost the Presidential election.
There’s nothing wrong with opposing Obamacare, per say, but if the Tea Party makes it its calling card, than they will continue to lose fights like the October 2013 government shutdown. Obamacare will probably collapse on itself anyway, whereas 1 million democrat voting immigrants flood into this country every single year unabated. Cruz is on record saying he wants to increase that. You already know the score on Rubio.
The Tea Party lost the government shutdown fight because, contrary to the rhetoric of the con-men at Conservatism Inc., economism is a permanent political loser. Hispanics don’t support it, blacks don’t support it, Asians don’t support it, and a majority of Whites don’t even support it. By contrast, immigration-restriction is a clear cut winner. Going forward, the Tea Party should do what works politically. Immigration-restriction works, economism doesn’t.