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Opening Arguments

Cruz control

So, I've had two weeks of glorious vacation in which I mostly ignored the news. And one of the first stories I see on my return is this, a perfect example of why I ignore the news while on vacation these days:

On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that Republicans in Washington were savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind Cruz's back before Cruz's appearance on the program to discuss defunding Obamacare. 

In an appearance on Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 to preview his Sunday show, Wallace said, "I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members."

He said he had been flooded with opposition research on Cruz--from Republicans. Later on Fox News Sunday, Wallace said these "top Republicans" gave him "unsolicited research and questions" to "hammer" Cruz.   

"Since we announced that Ted Cruz was going to be on the show, I've been getting background research and questions going after Cruz not from Democrats but from other Republicans," Wallace said on Fox 5. "They really feel he has put them in this corner that they can't get out of gracefully and they're not very happy with him."

The Stupid Party indeed. How can the GOP hope to be a "viable alternative" when it spends so much time eating its own? The party that keeps nominating tired old compromisers whose turn it is and can't figure out why it keeps losing is now trying to destroy its budding conservative superstar?

I know I've said this before (or something like it), but I'd like to hear a series of debates between Cruz, a smart conservative, and Rand Palul, a smart libertarian, about where the GOP should go. Then I might be excited about the possibilities for 2016. Until then, the GOP "establishment" can just go eat dirt.