Bryan Fischer
How you know Ted Cruz is the real deal: all the right people are mad at him
By Bryan Fischer
August 21, 2013

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You can tell whom the left fears by whom they try to kneecap. Their fire is now trained almost exclusively on Ted Cruz.

When the senator released his birth certificate this week, proving that he had been born to an American mother, the Dallas Morning News stated in the very first line of its story that this settled once and for all the question of Cruz's citizenship. Though born in Canada, he, according to the Morning News, is a natural-born citizen of the United States and hence eligible to run for the presidency.

So its possible blockbuster story was over before it started. But anxious to cob up Cruz's presidential possibilities in any way possible, the paper laughably devoted the rest of the two-page article to throwing as much dust in the air as possible over his dual citizenship.

In other words, while matter-of-factly disposing of the birther issue, it breathlessly threw another red herring on the table.

Cruz obviously scares the saliva out of the Washington Post, for as Breitbart reports, it did no less than 12 birther stories on Cruz in two days.

This is telling. Nobody on the left is trying to take out Mitch McConnell or Lamar Alexander. Marco Rubio has neutralized himself through his support for the Permanent Democratic Majority Amnesty Bill. The left isn't firing at them, or John McCain or Lindsey Graham, because they and other GOP senators just like them represent zero threat to the political agenda of the secular left. The left loves Republican senators like these. They're like little lap dogs who wear a Republican collar but won't bite when you pat them on the head.

Now establishment Republicans have as much distaste for Cruz as the Washington Post does. They are furious with him for leading the effort to defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution.

They hate this effort, because it is so bold. As nervous nellies, they know that anything bold involves risk and you have never seen a more risk averse group of scaredy cats in your life. If ChernobylCare is as bad as they have been saying it is, voting for Cruz's proposal would be a no-brainer if they had a spine.

Cruz's effort is separating the sheep from the goats in the Republican fold, and the ruling class Republicans, the Karl Roves and their ilk, know it and it freaks them right out.

They know that this vote, unlike the 42 votes in the House to repeal ObamaCare, is actually substantive and could actually accomplish something. That's why they are wringing their hands over the possibility that President Obama might throw a political temper tantrum if he doesn't get his way and shut down the government.

There was no threat that the president would shut down the government over any one of those 42 repeal votes. Why? Because, in pragmatic terms, they meant nothing. They were good votes, nice votes, even the right votes, but they were impotent votes.

A vote to defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution, on the other hand, packs a punch. Ruling class Republicans know that Obama and the meanstream media will punch back, and they just don't have the stomach for it. They can't take a punch so they prefer to stay out of the ring altogether.

GOP elites simply have no clue how thin the ice is below their feet. Just yesterday, seven members of the Maine State Republican Committee resigned because the party has abandoned even the pretense of standing for key conservative principles. Sean Hannity threatened yesterday to bolt the party, and Mark Levin and Sarah Palin have threatened exactly the same thing. The trickle that has begun in Maine could rapidly, in a matter of weeks, turn into a flood.

If the GOP leadership doesn't get its mind right, right now, on the vote to defund ObamaCare, it will be the beginning of the end. The party that began with a bang 160 years ago will end with a whiny little whimper. All of which raises a serious question for Republican poobahs: what if you gave a political party and nobody came?

In the meantime, conservatives know they have a true champion in Ted Cruz. The left fears him and elite Republicans are mad at him. In other words, he's ticking off all the right people.

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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