Krauthammer: Cruz's Idea Of Conservatism Is Making A Statement Rather Than Doing Something


Charles Krauthammer says Sen. Ted Cruz's tactics has enabled Sen. Harry Reid to confirm President Obama's nominees.

DOUG McKELWAY: Yesterday, on FOX News Sunday, you made mention of the fact that this is yet another bill despite its bipartisanship that we have to pass in order to find out what is in it.

GEORGE WILL: And no one will find out even then. They'll say if it's already passed, why bother to read it. We have two exceedingly strange careers under way here. Elizabeth Warren, who has one election, a Democrat in Massachusetts, not heavy lifting, says that she's really worried about risk. And she's focused on some minor matter about derivatives and banks.

Yet, a few days ago, Fannie and Freddie announced they are going to have mortgages for low-income people with 3% down. This is walking right down the same path that the housing crisis that Dannie and Freddie really gave us that catalyzed the Great Recession. Then we have Ted Cruz. There's been 1,950 Senators in the history of this country and I can't imagine there's been a more peculiar career than the one he's having right now. He is completely, almost insouciantly indifferent to the idea that politics is a team sport. Juan's absolutely right, Democrats I think are more bemused by him. He is frankly loathed within the Republican conference. And what -- If he seeks the Republican nomination and doesn't get it? Then what? He has to come back here? That's awkward.

McKELWAY: I have to bring up a quote. David Harsanyi, writing in The Federalist, set up Elizabeth Warren: "Her hard left economics, what the press quixotically refers to as 'economic populism' propels today's liberal argument. It is the default position of nearly every grassroots constituency on the left. The center of the Democrats' agenda. This just isn't reflected in the embrace of class struggle ('inequality') but a slow warming to socialistic ideas. Right now, few if any politicians are better than Warren at stoking the anxiety that makes that work." Charles?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, she's going to run against Wall Street, populist. It's called, what exactly is she going to do? And what do we do if she succeeds and brings it down? You want to break up the banks? A lot of conservatives will support that. But I think what is more interesting -- and incidentally, I think she ought to run. I'd be her number one supporter. I'd love to see her run. It would be a festival if you're a conservative or a Republican. We put up anybody sentient on the other side it will be a good night on election night.

But Cruz is a very interesting guy. You heard in that clip, he said, you have to decide if you want to stand with the -- I don't know, with the administration or with the American people. His idea of conservatism is standing with making a statement rather than I think the conventional idea is doing something. Now, there was no way in which the objection he raised over the weekend was going to do anything, anything at all to stop the president's executive order. A 12-year-old with a piece of chalk and a blackboard could have drawn a graph to show it was impossible.

But what it did do is it gave Harry Reid the ultimate opening to use procedural tricks that today have given us the Surgeon General who believes that gun control is a health issue. So that's his achievement thus far. We're going to have a couple other of those as Harry Reid gets new appointees who otherwise would not have been nominated or approved into office as a result of the Cruz maneuver.

WILL: And Elizabeth Warren is a very peculiar kind of populous. A foe of crony capitalism, a friend of the Export-Import Bank, also know as Boeing's bank. It's an interesting combination.

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