As US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), continues his "filibuster" of Obamacare, many in the so-called Conservative punditry have smugly dismissed the effort as futile, tunnel-visioned in their understanding of why Cruz's actions are not only critical to the eventual repeal of Obamacare, but to the effectiveness of the Republican Party and the survival of representative government.
A cursory examination of the by-products of Sen. Cruz's efforts not only illuminates the incredible short-sightedness of the establishment Republican apparatus - both elected and not, but advances an argument to the American people as to why they should question the Conservative punditry and re-evaluate just how bright the Republican "strategists" actually are.
FOX News reports:
"'Obamacare isn't working,' [Sen. Ted Cruz] said. 'There are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people.'
"The feisty senator spoke through the night. His topics ranged from the American revolution and the Washington establishment to his Cuban-born father and the impact of the healthcare law. By 6am EDT Wednesday, Cruz and his fellow GOP conservatives had spoken for more than 15-and-a-half hours, the sixth longest since precise record-keeping began in 1900...
"The speech was reminiscent of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), earlier this year staging an old-fashioned filibuster to voice his concerns over drones.
"Paul joined Cruz on the Senate floor for a time, telling his colleague to make sure he is wearing comfortable shoes for the long night ahead and saying "we're asking for a dialogue" on Obamacare.
"'How do we get the dialogue unless somebody's willing to stand up and say enough's enough?' Paul asked."
Before the brilliance of what Mr. Cruz is doing is outlined, it should be noted that each and every Republican who has run for office since the passage of the ACA (Obamacare) has run on a platform of "defund, repeal and replace." And while the House has consistently passed bills aimed at repealing Obamacare, none - none - of these efforts could possibly have been taken seriously. Ergo, establishment Republicans have done nothing - nothing - to keep their campaign promises. Conversely, Mr. Cruz and his brethren are keeping their promises; Mr. Cruz and his brethren are actually executing representative government.
Now, three (if not more) by-products come of Mr. Cruz's efforts.
First, Conservatives have identified - definitively - who the RINOs are in the GOP. This will allow true Conservatives to target them in the midterm elections, as well as future elections. Frankly, the day of the RINO looks like it is coming to an end.
Second, this show of dedication to campaign promise and principle has served to foment an expectation among the voters that anything less than a one-year delay of the implementation of the ACA is completely unacceptable to the American people. To wit, even Democrats are now talking about delaying the implementation and re-working the law to codify "agreeable" elements, i.e. covering pre-existing conditions and portability, to name two.
And third, it breaches the "concrete wall" establishment Republicans have erected around the "official message" of the National GOP. By Cruz, Lee and the Senate Conservative Fund taking their message directly to the people, circumventing an impotent and ineffective Republican leadership, they have started the long journey to breaking the Progressives lock on "the narrative."
The last point, if not all three, makes what Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, Pat Roberts, David Vitter, James Inhofe and Mike Enzi worth the effort...very much so.