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February 21, 2014

But Did He Really Do Anything Different Than Those Who Call Other Republicans RINOs?

No, I don’t agree with former Rep. Steven LaTourette’s comment about Ted Cruz – but is it any more offensive than the statements of some of those who attack John McCain or John Cornyn as “Republicans In Name Only” because they disagree with Ted Cruz on something, whether that disagreement is over substance or tactics?

Former Rep. Steven LaTourette is a member in the establishment's war on the Tea Party. His deceptively named "Defending Main Street" PAC is being financed primarily by Wall Street and labor unions, which have contributed at least 20% to the group's fundraising haul.

In an appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word on Tuesday, LaTourette said that Cruz was "reprehensible" for forcing Republicans to go on the record to advance a bill to raise the debt ceiling without reducing spending. Cruz forced those like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to vote to move the bill to the floor. McConnell said he had to act to "protect the country" before then voting against final passage of the bill, which passed with no Republican support.

"I don't think he is a Republican, to tell you the truth," LaTourette said on MSNBC, dividing Republicans on a liberal outlet that has vilified Republicans to the point where RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had previously called for a boycott. "I wish he would stop being a Republican and leave the party. That would be a nice thing."

Now I like Ted Cruz and usually agree with him on substantive things – but I do not always agree with him on tactical matters (or at least understand why others might have a different view when I do agree). And sadly, we often find that charge hurled by those whose inability to persuade has made them desperate – like this recent email from the Jared Woodfill campaign regarding those who (like me) do not support his reelection as Harris County Republican Chairman.

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Of course, such calls go against the message of the man who provides the gold standard for measuring true Republicans and true conservatives – Ronald Reagan.

So tell me, when are the “my way or the highway” Republicans – of all stripes -- going to get with the program and listen to the man who was responsible for the renaissance of conservative Republicanism? When will they quit paying lip-service to the man at Lincoln/Reagan Dinners and instead start actually doing the things he said? In others, when will they quit being Reaganite In Name Only?





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