Ted Cruz on Establishment Republicans and Climate Change

Cruz says Hell will freeze over before Establishment Republicans will listen.

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I sit here imagining Lindsay Graham and John McCain spewing coffee (and cursing, in McCain’s case), and Mitch McConnell choking on his Geritol, as they see this headline from Breitbart.com: “Ted Cruz: ‘Hell Will Freeze Over’ before Establishment GOP Listens to American People.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told conservative radio host Mark Levin on Thursday evening that establishment GOP politicians will “never” listen to the American people.

“If we wait on the entrenched politicians in Washington, hell will freeze over before that happens,” Cruz answered when Levin asked whether Republicans will ever listen. “This is nothing new. The answers come from America, from millions of people standing up and holding elected officials accountable.”

Cruz, who coined the Twitter hashtag #MakeDCListen during the government shutdown episode, has often returned to a theme of forcing Washington D.C. insiders to listen to the public.

He noted that in the prelude to the shutdown, many Republicans preferred to push for spending cuts with the debt ceiling as leverage.

“A few months ago, when we were fighting trying to stop the disaster that is Obamacare, where a lot of Washington gray beards said, ‘we are going to fight on the debt ceiling. That’s where the fight will be,’” Cruz said. “It’s like they think the American people are a bunch of rubes, we don’t remember what they say.”

Wednesday, Cruz forced a procedural roll call requiring a 60-vote majority on the “clean” debt ceiling bill, despite Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forceful urging he allow the legislation to go through with only a bare-majority vote. Cruz said Republicans should have united against the cloture motion, preventing the debt ceiling from being raised.

“If 41 Republicans had stood together and just voted no, the clean debt ceiling, the blank check for President Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi want would have been denied,” Cruz said. “And for all of them who say I am just a crazy rebel, the last 55 times the debt ceiling has been increased, Congress has attached meaningful conditions to it 28 of those times. It’s the only leverage point that has ever been effective.”

Love him or hate him, no one can accuse Cruz of being a political mealy-mouth. Here’s one public official not afraid to speak the truth, and the antithesis of the Gruber/ Pelosi/ Obama/ McConnell/ McCain/ Boehner cancer of saying whatever lie is convenient to achieve a desired outcome.

[See also, “It’s Time to Start Planning to Pickoff Establishment Republicans.”]

Neither major party gives a darn about the American People, unless you mean the people with the huge campaign checks, and promises of lucrative jobs once public service is over (see folks like Trent Lott, etc.).