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Ted Cruz: Blackmailer

September 27th, 2013


On October 28, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and his supporters may wish to commemorate the feast day of Saint Jude. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes. Because if ever there were a hopeless cause, it is killing the Affordable Care Act.

Fighting for hopeless causes is not uncommon in politics. Think of the nearly two centuries it took to abolish slavery and segregation in the United States. Fighting for a hopeless cause can raise public consciousness about an issue and advance the career of the advocate. But it has to be seen as a noble effort. Sen. Cruz’s effort is anything but noble.

Defunding Obamacare is hopeless because the numbers aren’t there. Even if a bill were somehow to get through the House and Senate, President Obama has promised to veto it. It takes a two thirds majority of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto. Republicans are not even close.

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Party-Line Vote Will Produce Political Firestorm

March 5th, 2010


This piece was originally published in National Journal.

“The issue trumps the process.” That’s what Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told The New York Times about health care reform. And that’s what Democrats have got to believe. There is no question that the process has been costly thus far. In January, an uninsured 18-year-old waitress in New Hampshire explained her opposition this way to a Times reporter: “If you have to bribe people to vote for it, it can’t be good.”

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