Rush Limbaugh talked to Ted Cruz Wednesday afternoon after Cruz finished up his epic 21 hour speech on the Senate floor. Before the call, Rush asked a question that we should all be asking. What are these Republicans so afraid of?
Brit Hume, of all people, essentially said that Ted Cruz is who he is because he’s being pressured by people like me. And left to his own devices, Cruz might not be doing this, is the implication. He didn’t actually say that. I was literally stunned watching this. The fact that, even after 21 hours, even at the beginning of it, they cannot at least admit that this is who the man is. He doesn’t need any advisers here. He doesn’t need any pressure. The man is not a coward. Ted Cruz isn’t afraid of anybody. The real question is, what is the Republican establishment afraid of? What are some of these conservative media types at Fox News afraid of? What is the Washington establishment on the Republican side afraid of? Government shutdown, losing elections, what do you guys think you’ve been doing?
Did you look at how many Republicans didn’t show up to vote for Mitt Romney in 2008? Do you realize that if the Republican Party base had turned out, Obama would have been defeated? Why didn’t it happen? When does fighting for freedom backfire? Explain that to me. Because that’s what this is. I guess some of these establishment types in Washington, regardless of party, I don’t think they really understand.
One person who really doesn’t understand is John McCain. Is it any wonder he lost in 2008? He’s the worst thing to happen to the Republican party in my lifetime. Other Republicans ought to avoid him like the plague. During his surrender speech he mentioned going out and campaigning for Mitt Romney last year. Maybe that’s why Romney lost. If there’s one thing McCain is good for, it’s pissing off the conservative base.
Read the whole thing, then read the transcript of the interview with Cruz. I’ll just highlight two things. The first is how many Republicans have such a defeatist attitude. Here they get elected by their constituents, and then they cower in fear.
CRUZ: I will tell you the single biggest surprise in arriving to the Senate is the defeatist attitude here. I mean, we don’t even talk about how to win a fight. There’s no discussion. We talk about, “Hey, let’s get a show vote so we can go tell our constituents we’re doing something.” But I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you’d be in therapy for a month.
Hey, I live in New York, my Senators don’t cower in the lunch room. They’re in the majority and they happily trample on our rights every day of the week with big smiles on their faces and pats on the back from their buddies in the media. I was almost surprised when Cruz’s marathon speech made my local news here in upstate NY. Just think if more Republicans had the courage and stamina to “grandstand” for freedom how many people would hear that message.
Speaking of demanding to be heard, Cruz wants your employees in Washington, DC to hear from you. If every one of us does our part, maybe we can make a difference.
CRUZ: Sure. Well, look, this week is the week that the Senate will decide. This vote will be Friday or Saturday, and the only reason we got to where we are is because the American people have risen up in incredible numbers. We’ve seen over 1.6 million people sign the national petition at DontFundIt.com. That is why the House voted last week to defund Obamacare. You know, for weeks everyone in Washington said they wouldn’t do it. This would never happen. They would never fight it fight on the continuing resolution.
But the American people rose up in enormous numbers, and so what I would say is, “Listen, at this stage in the fight, the fight is in the people’s hands,” and if we want to change Washington and get Republicans to listen, get Democrats to listen, what has to happen is I would urge every one of your listeners to go to DontFundIt.com to sign the national petition, number one. Number two, to pick up the phone, call their senators and tell them, “Vote ‘no’ on cloture; stand strong on defunding Obamacare.”
Cruz told Limbaugh that the petition had 1.6 million signatures. That number is now over 1.76 million, after just a few hours. If you haven’t done so already, go add your name. When you’re done send a message to your representatives in the Senate and the House and tell them to stop cowering in fear and do their jobs. Oh, and if your representatives happen to be Democrats (especially red state Democrats), give them an earful, too. I don’t know, of all the reasons Democrats were elected and reelected, I really don’t think acting as your father was one of them.
Oh, one more thing, IBD has a great editorial about how the GOP must pass the torch to the new generation of Republicans. They can do that, or they can watch the rise of a third party. Now that should give them something to be afraid of.
Cross posted from The Lonely Conservative