Cruz’s advice requires anyone who follows it to ignore political reality to a significant degree. For one thing, 2013 is not 1995, and the Republican Party, especially in its Congressional incarnation, is not viewed nearly as positively today as it was nearly 20 years ago.
Gee, Doug, ya think it has anything to do with the fact that the Republican Party in its current state stands for absolutely nothing? Tell me, Doug, what does it stand for? Lower taxes? No. Secure borders? No. Investigating the Obama administration's unprecedented series of scandals? No.
Of course the Republican Party is unpopular. It spends its energy fighting the same conservative base that brought it to power in 2010 in an unprecedented beatdown of Democrats nationwide rather than the Marxist Left that is Cloward-Pivenizing the country into bankruptcy. And instead of embracing fiscal conservatism, the Tea Party, and First Principles, it repudiates them.
Its marble-mouthed "leaders" like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have all the charisma of your average houseplant.
So, Sherlock Mataconis, if you're looking for reasons that the GOP is unpopular, perhaps you could add one (the far left Democrat kook movement) and one (the conservative base) and you'll come up with two (the answer).
More importantly, though, Cruz is making the same mistake that Republicans made in 1995, and which they have made several times already in the four years that President Obama has been President. He believes that by taking the Federal Government to the brink, they can somehow turn the tables and make the public believe that it’s President Obama who’s at fault for the fact that the Government has been, or is about to be shut down. They tried in in the Spring of 2011 when the government was about to run out of money, they tried it in July and August of that year with the battle over the debt ceiling, and they’ve tried it several times since then.
How many shutdowns did the Republicans pull off? Oh, that's right: none. So comparing a shutdown to a Boehner surrender is like comparing monkeys to cashews.
Let me get this straight: the GOP passes a CR that funds the entire government except for the wildly unpopular and destructive Obamacare cluster -- and Obama blocks it, shutting down the government.
Who do you think gets the blame? Oh, that's right: Mataconis thinks Ted Cruz will.
In reality, the GOP will be viewed as heroes by roughly 60 percent of the electorate.
Best of all, Obama will be on the hook for actually making a decision: (a) either shutting down the cancerous federal leviathan that grows in good times and bad; or (b) funding the federal government and starving Obamacare.
Either way, Republicans win.
So if you're relying on Doug Mataconis for political advice, I'd recommend using a Ouija Board instead. It's bound to offer more reliable counsel and it has a better chance of outwitting Ted Cruz than Doug ever had.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.