The Tea Party and Ted Cruz Getting Ready for ‘Shutdown: The Sequel’

My last column before I take a two week vacation:

The schadenfreude wore off quickly. Observing the tea party suffer a political defeat, with other Republicans like Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) piling on, was entertaining for a solid 24 hours until the grim realization set in that this rogue faction of the GOP could very well try for a sequel — or an entire series of shutdowns.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the chief architect of the tea party shutdown and subsequent debt ceiling brinksmanship, might have lost an endorsement from his home town newspaper, but he managed to raise $1.19 million during the third quarter — nearly three times the haul of the second quarter total. That period of time didn’t include the shutdown, but it included his filibuster, which, it turns out, had a very important purpose: the make money for Ted Cruz. He also beefed up his email database with a petition that gathered over two million names and addresses.

When asked who “won” the shutdown battle, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) told Politico the winners were “the people that managed to raise a lot of money off this.” Now, I don’t know if that means the tea party necessarily “won,” but Cruz and the Heritage Action group, which pulled in $330,000, didn’t walk away empty-handed.

While Cruz and the others cashed-in, the shutdown ended up costing the federal government $24 billion… [CONTINUE READING]

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  • D_C_Wilson

    Have a great vacation. Best wishes for you and Joy.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      Co-sign!

  • muselet

    I said it a week or two ago, Bob, and I’ll say it again: congratulations to you and best wishes to Joy. May the two of you grow old together.

    –alopecia

  • mrbrink

    Gonna snow again…

    Ha!

    “The highest hotels –– the oldest champagne –– the richest caviar –– the hottest music,
    and the prettiest wife!”

    I love you truly, truly, dear…!

    Hee-haw!