Call them the Sabotage Republicans.
They have been busily at work in Virginia these last few weeks, sabotaging the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Remember these headlines?
- From 2012: Romney Loses; Conservatives Weigh Limiting Clout of GOP Establishment
- From 2008: McCain Loses: Conservatives Call for GOP Reform
- From 2004: Bush Narrowly Beats Kerry; Conservatives Call for Rove Resignation
- From 2000: Bush wins by Supreme Court vote: Conservatives Call for End of “Compassionate Conservatism”
- From 1996: Dole Loses: Conservatives Demand End to Moderate Nominees
- From 1992: Bush Loses to Clinton: Conservatives Weigh Restrictions on GOP Establishment
If you don’t recall these headlines, no, your memory isn’t failing. They were never written. And if you saw these headlines yesterday your eyes weren’t failing you either. They were written:
“He’s a businessman. I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” -- Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Al Sharpton and Jon Corzine.
President Obama and Obamacare.
It is a huge mistake to see the attack on Donald Trump by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a $40 million lawsuit over Trump University, as an isolated, Trump-centric event.
But let’s begin with Donald Trump. Who last week filed 150-plus pages of court documents requesting a complete dismissal of the lawsuit, itemizing in devastating detail the bogus nature of Schneiderman’s case. Labeling the lawsuit as “nothing more than a baseless attempt to garner publicity and further his own political ambitions,” Trump also announced he would be filing an ethics complaint against Schneiderman with the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Let’s begin specifically by thinking of Donald Trump’s multi-billion dollar, resoundingly successful company -- The Trump Organization -- as Khartoum the race horse.
Khartoum the race horse?
Ted Cruz is unbowed.
The Texas Senator, speaking at The American Spectator’s annual Washington gala Wednesday evening, was nothing if not resolute in his attacks on the disaster that has become Obamacare.
“Should we have fought this fight?” he asked, his resounding yes coming by way of citing the differences between the way the disaster of Obamacare is perceived in Washington and out in the country. “If you get out of Washington there’s no ambiguity” on the question, Cruz said.
“This thing isn’t working. It is a disaster and a disaster that is hurting people right now…. On the merits Obamacare isn’t working.”
Cruz came out swinging against his GOP Establishment critics in the Senate and elsewhere, and was fearless in taking on his critics. Saying among things that when his opponents in the GOP said their disagreement with him was on “tactics” — and he asked for their tactics -- the response that came back was the sound of “crickets chirping.”