John Ransom

While many people will attack GOP leaders in the Senate for not understanding what Sen. Ted Cruz is doing, don’t count me as one of them. You see GOP leadership has been handicapped for quite some time now.

Mark Twain, who witnessed the impeachment debacle of Andrew Johnson in the House of Representatives in 1868, pegged it: “[I] was reporter in a legislature two sessions and the same in Congress one session,” Twain wrote, “and thus learned to know personally three sample bodies of the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.”

You must understand that it’s very difficult for politicians to recognize another politician, as in the case of Sen. Cruz, who is actually doing the things he campaigned on, like getting rid of Obamacare.

Cruz, in this case, is an oddball to his Senate colleagues.

Keeping promises is a novel concept that many politicians have difficulty accepting at face value.

This is increasingly true in the GOP, where the solution for Obamacare is Romneycare, for Common Core is No Child Left Behind, for War in Syria is a bigger, better, badder war in Iraq; and where the solution for TARP, and bailouts is, um…TARP and bailouts?

When another politician keeps promises, other politicians think: “What’s he up to?” imagining that it’s a ploy to run for president or vice president or governor. “Or, perhaps,” they think, “he just doesn’t know any better.”

They fall back on the liberal trick of pretending someone is just too stupid to know any better.

Yes, they have all said they want to get rid of Obamacare, at least if they’re Republican.

They campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare, they fundraised on it, went to barbecues and got applause for condemning Obamacare.

But that doesn’t mean they actually want to DO something about getting rid of Obamacare.

Now I can understand why the average human being might think that they should DO something about it, especially if these politicians campaigned about DOING something about it.

But these Republicans didn’t go to the trouble of stump speeches and barbecues and town halls and meet-and-greets and press conferences and get-out-the-vote to go to Congress to get things done.

They went to Congress so that they could get to go back to Congress, again and again, and again.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.