As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin predicted, anonymous Republicans sent opposition research to Fox News to trash Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and she is calling on the network to reveal their names.
In an exclusive editorial penned late last week for Breitbart News, Palin zero’d in on defunding Obamacare and the “backstabbing game” happening within the GOP, suggesting “Capital Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Sen. Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.”
Cruz is leading the charge in the U.S. Senate to follow up on the vote in the House to cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act. While urging Cruz to stay strong in the face of the inevitable Republican backlash, Palin wrote: “We can compare shiv marks next time we meet, my friend.”
Right on cue, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said on Sunday that other Republicans had given him opposition research about Cruz, his featured guest for the day.
“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”
Wallace did not name the “top Republicans,” which prompted this response from Palin via Twitter:
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 22, 2013
“Someday I’m going to tell America what I truly think about GOP elephants that would actually turn on a Senator who is fulfilling his campaign promises,” Palin said in her own appearance Sunday on Fox.
When asked by Wallace why Republicans are so angry at Cruz, former Bush adviser Karl Rove tried to justify the disgraceful actions by saying: “This was a strategy laid out by Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues.”
“You cannot build a Congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, ‘Hey, what do you think of my idea?’” Rove continued.
Would that include the “colleague” who took to the Senate floor and called the freshmen senators “whacko birds” for daring to question President Obama on the use of drones on U.S. soil?
Right Scoop summed it up right in saying: “In a nut shell, Republicans care more about the politics of Washington than they do about what’s good for the American people. And that’s why Ted Cruz has been marked, because he’s bucking that system.”