In the Spring of 2013, Tea Party favorites Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio agreed to implement a strategy– hatched by the Jim DeMint-linked Senate Conservatives Fund— to defund Obamacare.
According to Fox News’ Carl Cameron, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are “very conscious” of the fact that they were essentially hung out to dry…
The first to fade and back away from this was Marco Rubio.
Not too long after that, Rand Paul began to emphasize the need for negotiation.
(1) There are only 3 possible sources for this side of the story: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and/or Senate Conservatives Fund. It is unlikely that Senate Conservatives Fund would leak unfavorable information about two potential presidential nominees with which they have close ties. That Cruz and/or Lee would bother confirms what you might expect– they feel betrayed, and they want the base to know it.
(2) That Marco Rubio would cut and run should come as no surprise. His initial support was no more than a cynical attempt to win back the Tea Party support he lost during his disastrous amnesty push.
(3) The Rand Paul split came not long after…
- Ted Cruz initially refused to take sides between Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
- Ted Cruz wouldn’t rule out serving as Chris Christie’s Vice President.
- Rand Paul met with big money donors in New York.
Chicken or the egg?
In happier times…
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 19, 2013