CRUZ CON­TROL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Not all con­ser­va­tives are in mourn­ing th­ese days. The Amer­i­can Prin­ci­ples Project’s first “Red, White & Blue Gala” is coming up next week, com­plete with all the sump­tu­ous trim­mings of such rev­elry. The Weekly Stan­dard Ed­i­torin-Chief Bill Kris­tol is master of cer­e­monies at the event meant “to bring con­ser­va­tives to­gether, to dis­cuss the lessons learned and the strate­gies mov­ing for­ward,” or­ga­niz­ers say.

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is the key­note speaker; the former so­lic­i­tor gen­eral of the Lone Star State has penned more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and per­son­ally ar­gued 40 oral ar­gu­ments, in­clud­ing nine be­fore the Supreme Court it­self. But Mr. Cruz, like Sen. Marco Ru­bio of Florida, has many eyes upon him.

“This con­ser­va­tive ris­ing star is seen as a great hope for the GOP’s fu­ture af­ter its sting­ing loss among Lati­nos,” a source says. fa­vor­able to the fi­nan­cialser­vices in­dus­try or cur­tail­ing Medi­care el­i­gi­bil­ity,” Mr. Edsall ob­serves.

“In broader terms, the po­lit­i­cal con­fronta­tion pits tax­pay­ers, who now form the core of the cen­ter-right coali­tion, against tax con­sumers, who form the core of the cen­ter-left. Ac­cord­ing to the Tax Pol­icy Cen­ter, 46.4 per­cent of all tax fil­ers had no fed­eral in­come-tax li­a­bil­ity in 2011, although most peo­ple pay a com­bi­na­tion of state, sales, ex­cise, prop­erty and other levies,” he con­tin­ues. “There are clear ex­cep­tions to this di­chotomy, as many So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries (tax re­cip­i­ents) vote Repub­li­can, and many col­lege-ed­u­cated up­per-in­come ci­ti­zens of all races and eth­nic­i­ties (tax pay­ers) vote Demo­cratic.

“None­the­less, the over­ar­ch­ing di­vi­sion re­mains, and the bat­tle lines are drawn over how to dis­trib­ute the costs of the loom­ing fis­cal cri­sis. The out­come of this pol­icy fight will de­ter­mine whether Lim­baugh is cor­rect to fear that his side has ‘lost the coun­try.’ ” House Speaker Tip O’Neill bridged their dif­fer­ences to pre­serve So­cial Se­cu­rity. Some 30 years later, we find our­selves in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion — with a Demo­cratic pres­i­dent and a Repub­li­can House speaker. If it could be done then, it can be done now,” the New Hamp­shire Repub­li­cans adds.

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