Jeffrey Lord, a former aide to Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, writes that, the 2013 shutdown worked and despite his vilification by the Republican establishment Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard93% won.
As you surely recall, the Cruz effort to defund the ever unpopular ObamaCare resulted in the biased media wing of the Democrats’ Party falling in line for President Obama and blaming his shutdown on Republicans and Conservatives.
Worse was the dozens of members of the Republican establishment who could not say enough about how bad they thought the Defund ObamaCare strategy was. Think Progress ran an article titled, “49 Republicans Who Say Shutting Down The Government Over Obamacare Is A Big Mistake.” The Republican naysayers even included some now considered potential 2016 presidential contenders:
- Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ): “I think there’s got to be a solution other than that. And I don’t think that we should be doing that. I don’t think — and I quite frankly, be fair, I don’t think you hear responsible Republican leaders advocating a shutdown of the government.”
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “So as we get closer to these deadlines, there needs to be an understanding of that, or politically it’s quite dicey for the Republican Party.”
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the… anti-Obamacare objective. I don’t think that will be as effective.”
- Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI): “I believe the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable, and will have a negative impact on the economy of my state… But I don’t extend that to the point that we should shut down the government over it.”
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul RyanHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59% (R-WI): “We have to stay on the right side of public opinion…Shutting down the government puts us on the wrong side. The fight is on the debt limit.”
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Rob PortmanSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard54% (R-OH): “I do think we need to deal with the underlying problem of overspending and we have …read more