Our View: Where did Cruz go wrong?

Posted: October 22, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, can be forgiven if he considers himself a lone voice crying in the wilderness. That’s because he pretty much is — and this wilderness is a scary place, at least rhetorically, full of folks (alleged friends as well as outright foes) eager for their turn at excoriating him for his stand against ObamaCare.

Some of these people are well-meaning, though, and the criticism they offer is, well, constructive. One such person is conservative commentator Mona Charen.

On Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show Monday, Ms. Charen provided a litany of Mr. Cruz’s strategic and tactical miscalculations in making his case against ObamaCare, foremost of which was his argument that the new health-care law needed derailing now, this instant, before Americans became addicted to it. This, said Ms. Charen, was the wrong approach, suggesting as it did that ObamaCare was “a goodie” — or even a good thing — “evil” Republicans wished to deny people.

A better tack, she stated, would have been endlessly reminding people of the law’s bad points and broken promises — i.e., higher insurance premiums (or, at the very least, sky-high deductibles), more dropped coverage, and bureaucratic incompetence.

“Going forward,” Ms. Charen had written earlier, “Republicans should be assembling clips of (Mr.) Obama promising that his health reform would not add ‘one dime’ to the deficit, would bring down premiums by an average of $2,500, and would solve the problem of the uninsured.”

Monday-morning quarterbacking? To an extent, but her points boast validity.