McCain Gives the Democrat’s Response to Ted Cruz

That’s a twice stolen (at least) headline. Allah at HotAir writes:

That headline is Justin Amash’s joke, not mine, but it’s not much of an exaggeration. This is, essentially, the Democratic response: ObamaCare was duly passed, it was an issue in a presidential campaign that the GOP lost, end of story — whether or not there are 51 or even 60 votes in the Senate to defund this thing. He actually used the phrase “elections have consequences,” which must be the first time a member of the *minority* party has ever tossed that into a debate. Like Ramesh Ponnuru says, weren’t Ted Cruz and Mike Lee elected too?

Watching this was the first time I felt that he might be serious about retiring in 2016. The reaction to it on Twitter among righties, even those who have criticized Cruz for his “defund” strategy, was more uniformly, stridently negative than the response to any other display of maverick-iness in recent memory. And understandably so: There’s no reason for McCain to go out and carry Obama’s and Reid’s water on this except his own antipathy to Cruz, Paul, and the other “wacko birds.” It’s not merely the betrayal, it’s the pettiness of it. More so than even Mitch McConnell or Boehner, I think he’s become public enemy number one among Republicans for tea partiers. He’ll have a ferocious primary challenge in three years, and if he intends to defeat it, at some point he’ll have to start making nice with the Cruz/Paul contingent. I think he’d rather quit and enjoy the rest of his term sticking thumbs in their eyes.

But Ace makes the case that McCain has been a Democrat for some time now. Ace writes:

He’s a Democrat. I don’t mind that he’s a Democrat, but he’s going around the country claiming to be part of the opposition party.

This is, essentially, the Democratic response: ObamaCare was duly passed, it was an issue in a presidential campaign that the GOP lost, end of story — whether or not there are 51 or even 60 votes in the Senate to defund this thing. He actually used the phrase “elections have consequences,” which must be the first time a member of the *minority* party has ever tossed that into a debate. Like Ramesh Ponnuru says, weren’t Ted Cruz and Mike Lee elected too?

UPDATE: (Jack M.)

Here’s a blast from the past. 2002 to be exact. McCain’s been a Democrat for at least 11 years, or so his one-time “chief strategist” seems to imply in this 2002 interview. In 2013, Weaver, apparently, is a Republican consultant again.

John Weaver hunches his angular frame over a Styrofoam cup of coffee in the basement cafeteria of the United States Senate and tries to explain what might seem–to an outsider–his peculiar political loyalties. Once a loyal Republican strategist who directed the presidential aspirations of uber-conservative Phil Gramm and helped plot John McCain’s maverick primary run in 2000, he has since re-registered as a Democrat and severed consulting ties to all Republicans except McCain, for whom he still serves as chief strategist. “I only work for Democrats now,” he tells me. Noticing that he has overlooked the party affiliation of his most prominent advisee, I helpfully add: “And John McCain.” Weaver shrugs his shoulders and grins, “Oh, right.”

(Emphasis added).

Burn it down. All of it. The Republican Party needs to be rebuilt from the ashes with actual Republicans.

One thought on “McCain Gives the Democrat’s Response to Ted Cruz

  1. lol, Boss, I doubt you’d appreciate my take on this issue, so I didn’t cross-post it to the RNL. But I just posted pretty much the same thing on The OYL this morning.

    I guess Truth does have a way of shinning through the darkness after all 😉

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