Civil War Erupting Among Republicans?

Elephants Fighting

Based on a series of tweets this morning from National Review Washington Editor Robert Costa, Ted Cruz’s remarks this morning are not going over well among his colleagues:

Just take a gander:


All of this is on background though:

And there’s one reason for that:

Although there are some Republicans willing to go on the record:

Will other Senators join Coburn? Stay tuned.

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  1. Mark Ivey says:

    “The real fear within GOP right now: Suddenly, if you don’t folo Cruz-Palin on defund strategy, you risk RINO tag and g’roots wrath”

    WooT GOP LoL

  2. merl says:

    It’s pretty obvious that Cruz is out for himself. He must be raising tons of money off of this.

  3. mattbernius says:

    Challenge to our Conservative minded commentors: Can you justify Ted Cruz’s actions?

  4. al-Ameda says:

    I think that it is the GOP insiders who are squeamish over this, and not the newly elected types. Since 2010, the new flame-throwers have paid no political price for their malevolent style nor for purposely causing a downgrade in American bonds and treasuries.

    Not only is Ted Cruz a true believer, he is also smart enough to know that base Republicans want guys like Cruz to fight the good fight. If grass roots Republicans see congressional GOP leadership take this to the mat they’ll be especially motivated for the 2014 mid-term elections which could very well firm up the GOP majority in the House, but also swing the Senate to GOP control.

    All of that is depressing, yet it could very well happen.

  5. Amos Jones says:

    A fight for the soul of the party, and the wing nuts seem to be winning. The TP tail that waves the GOP dog, what a shame for the country. For the Democrats, it’s Christmas in September.

  6. bindare says:

    How about the Rino’s and the Elite form a third party so they can keep their hands on the levers of power?

  7. CSK says:


    That was the plan. It was never about defunding, which Cruz himself said isn’t going to happen.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:


    Challenge to our Conservative minded commentors: Can you justify Ted Cruz’s actions?

    Not one of the Conservative minded Commentors, but I sure can justify his actions:

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