Have you noticed it’s not just Democrats and the Senate Republican leadership bellyaching about the way Sen. Ted Cruz has galvanized national opposition to Obamacare and business as usual in Washington?

  • Grover Norquist is one of the latest to unload on Cruz, complaining to the Washington Post that the Texas senator came out “from left field” and “said we have to defund Obamacare permanently.” He then complained that “people went out on talk radio and said if you’re not for this you’re a coward, you’re a RINO.” Yeah, so?
  • Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive who ran for Senate in California in 2010, attacked Cruz, saying there was “no honor” in his fight to defund Obamacare. Fiorina said: “There’s no honor in charging a hill that you know you can’t take, only casualties, although Ted Cruz maybe got name recognition and money along the way. But President Obama wanted this shutdown. And Ted Cruz played right into his hands.” Fiorina has been mostly quiet since losing her bid for the Senate three years ago. But she did join the board of the misnamed American Conservative Union, which sponsors the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington and supports amnesty for illegal aliens.
  • Cruz reportedly got pilloried by Republican senators in a closed-door lunch meeting. Even though the doors were closed for the meeting, a number of tattling Republican senators tripped over themselves to break the 11th Commandment with anonymous reports to the media.

So what’s going on here?

I’ll tell you what’s going on.

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Ted Cruz is very rapidly setting the new standard for conservatism in America today. It’s just that simple. He is becoming the barometer by which you measure who the real conservatives are. If you see them attacking Cruz, you can know with absolute certainty they are part of the problem in Washington. You can know with absolute certainty they are Republicans in name only. You can know with absolute certainty that they are jealous of the new kid in town.

Cruz is everything the Washington “conservatives” are not. He’s passionate. He’s a fighter. He is not afraid to match his ideas with those of the other side. He is not afraid of the media. He is not afraid of his shadow. And he recognizes that it is far too late for Republicans and conservatives to keep doing business the same old way if there is any hope for saving America from the wrecking ball of Barack Obama and company.

Ask yourself these questions: Whom are you more likely to follow into political battle – Ted Cruz or Grover Norquist? Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina? Ted Cruz or some unnamed Republican senator complaining about Cruz to the Washington Post?

It’s time to change the political paradigm in Washington – and Ted Cruz recognized that. The American people do recognize it and they are ready to march on Washington should Cruz give the command. But Norquist, Karl Rove, Carly Fiorina and the rest of the RINO crowd in Washington can’t see anything in it for them.

Ted Cruz has awakened the grass-roots conservative opposition. He has awakened the moribund tea-party activists who saw their heroic efforts in 2010 hijacked by the Washington Republican establishment, just as I predicted would happen in “The Tea Party Manifesto.” He has awakened Americans across the political spectrum and given them hope.

He’s even given me hope – and I’m pretty cynical when it comes to Washington politics.

So here’s the new litmus test for conservatism in Washington: If they attack Ted Cruz instead of Obama, you can be sure they are not conservatives.


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