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Kim Strassel Again Serves as the Senate GOP’s Stenographer

Kim Strassel somewhat diplomatically lashes out at Senator Ted Cruz in the Wall Street Journal. Her subtitle sums up her point, which really isn’t worth delving too far into. The subtitle is, “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.”Got that?So Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz want to make points and the Senate Republican leadership wants to make progress. Nevermind that Cruz and company are the only ones putting points on the board for the GOP and, but for them and despite the spin, the GOP would have gone wobbly on gun control and Obamacare in the Senate.As I noted yesterday, establishment Republicans complain about Rush Limbaugh and now Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, then run off to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to seek vengeance. Kim Strassel has a habit of serving as the Senate GOP Leadership’s stenographer. This time it is “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress,” but in 2012 she wrote this piece with the subtitle, “Are the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks risking a potential Senate Republican majority in the name of ideological purity?”Note that in 2012, the Senate GOP backed a slew of losing candidates and the successful ones were in the Ted Cruz mould, including Ted Cruz himself. But when the conservatives get under the Senate GOP Leadership’s skin they leak bad things about conservative senators to the New York Times and then run off the Kim Strassel to get themselves legitimacy with conservatives.What we know from here on out is that when Kim Strassel bashes conservatives in the Senate, the Republicans in the Senate who collaborated in getting us to $16 trillion in national debt must feel threatened. In other words, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul need to keep it up.

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