Sadly, Ted Cruz's ongoing speech against Obamacare won't amount to anything from a procedural standpoint. Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid will simply vote down the House-approved defunding measure and the Obamacare train wreck will continue chugging along unimpeded. Nevertheless, Cruz's battle is a "lost cause worth fighting for," Ben Domenech writes today.
Just as Rand Paul had no illusions about altering U.S. drone policy when he went to the floor, the aim is changing the conversation and focus, not the policy. Everyone on the left knew the war funding was just a show vote and that nothing would come of it, that it was a political play and not a policy proposal – but they supported it because they believed it was the right thing to do. (Assuming the right’s base is more ignorant is… something a lot of people do.) I remain convinced the base is smarter than the elites think when it understands the likelihood of success – but that does not mean it is not a fight worth having, an argument worth making. The view that you should only be praised for sticking with your convictions so long as they have no effect on anything you do is ever-present in Washington, but not so much outside of it. Arguing for lost causes is sometimes a waste of time – and sometimes, the best use of it. It’s just that simple.