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article imageOp-Ed: NYT: GOP strategy session turns into anti-Cruz 'lynch mob'

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Oct 4, 2013 in Politics
Washington - A New York Times report Friday says a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans quickly turned into a lynch mob, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz designated as the guest of honor for the metaphorical "necktie party."
The Times reported that several Senate Republicans — Dan Coats of Indiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire among others -- tore into the junior senator from Texas for causing the current political mess the GOP finds itself in since the GOP-led House of Representatives refused to pass a clean bill to keep the government functioning on Tuesday night.
Ms. Ayotte was especially furious, according to two people present, and waved a printout from a conservative group friendly to Mr. Cruz attacking 25 of his fellow Republican senators for supporting a procedural vote that the group counted as support of the health law.
Ms. Ayotte asked Mr. Cruz to disavow the group’s effort and demanded he explain his strategy. When he did not, several other senators — including Mr. Johnson, Mr. Coats and even Mitch McConnell, the minority leader — joined in the criticism of Mr. Cruz.
“It just started a lynch mob,” said a senator who was present.
Despite the uproar, Mr. Cruz did not offer a plan for how his party could prevail in the shutdown battle and suggested his colleagues were defeatists.
The Times reported Republican elders worry that Mr. Cruz and his allies in the House are reinforcing the party’s image as obstructionist, and helping Mr. Obama at a time when his popularity with the public is slipping. A New York Times/CBS poll last week found that 49 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s job performance.
“The story people see now is President Obama sinking like a rock for months, and the only thing holding him up are the Republicans,” lamented Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi who previously led the Republican National Committee. “We have to get to the best resolution we can under the Obama administration, and then focus on some other things.”
Some satirical wags are starting to suggest that the only way to solve the problem now may be to toss the bound and blindfolded and naked Sen. Cruz from a moving Senate staff car in the White House driveway with a note in his duct-taped mouth saying, "We're ready to yield."
Hopefully, this will not be necessary.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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