“You’ve got to make concessions; you’ve got to compromise,” said Wolf
Blitzer in that solicitous MSM salon of salons named like muscle-bound
Mike of “Jersey Shore,” “The Situation Room.” He was lecturing the
brand-new senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, on the same day Cruz was sworn
in to the Senate. Telling him how to act. Welcoming him into the big
leagues. “If you’re just going to come into Washington and say, ‘Do it
my way or the highway,’ you’re not going to get anywhere.”
I tend to notice beginnings and leave before the movie ends, and this brought to mind another beginning that stayed in place as a historic marker. It was when Ronald Reagan was first elected to the presidency and was about to make his first appearance to speak before Congress. Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, an Irishman of Boston old-school swagger, greeted him at the podium and said, “Welcome to the big leagues.”
The change Cruz brings to the Senate is similar because in the end, Cruz, like Reagan, came to power following demographics. And the American story being told now and in the future is that America is heading west and there it will find its future awakenings. And I would add to that story that America favors those — like Cruz and Sarah Palin who offered her support to him — who take the initiative to head west. Ours is a new America and far from Tip’s, but not that far today from Ronald Reagan’s.
Cruz opens a new theater of engagement with the formidable gifts of leadership he brings to Washington. He comes with a sword and with it he will carve up the entrenched interests. And if he does so successfully, if he is the effective anti-Obama and wars well against the bipartisan Eastern Establishment and its concession makers and compromisers and salons and nerd proms and situation rooms and Wolf Blitzers, he will swing that sword again in 2016.