So where does the power come from to see the race to the end?
– Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell
Is Ted Cruz the next gold medal Republican?
Chariots of Fire (Best Picture, 1981) is based on the true story of two Olympic athletes who beat the odds to win gold for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian, put his faith before king and country and was hailed as a Man of Principle. Under intense pressure to deny his beliefs and run in a race scheduled on Sunday, Liddell refused – and later won gold. He knew how to win. And it wasn’t by parking in the stands watchng someone else do the heavy lifting or sitting on the ground after being knocked down.
Any runner can tell you that being knocked out of sprint is a one-way ticket to defeat. It’s virtually impossible to make up any ground in a short race, but to win? Unthinkable. Yet that’s exactly what Liddell did:
“It’s not the prettiest quarter I’ve ever seen, Mr. Liddell, but certainly the bravest.”
– Sam Mussabini
Under intense pressure to deny his convictions and play the usual Potomac Two-Step (hi, GOP elites), Ted Cruz refused to dance, stay on the ground or wring his hands from the turf. Liddell-like, the Senator from Texas sprang to his feet, ‘floored’ D.C. and electrified anyone who wasn’t in a cave or a coma when he took to the Senate floor on Tuesday against Obamacare. Meanwhile, the Republican Party witnessed a rare demonstration of backbone and ‘fleetness of foot’ that’s been so unusual of late, it qualifies as golden.
And wasn’t it “pretty” to hear something besides hand-wringing and whining from the Red side of the aisle? Thankfully, Ted Cruz is no John McCain. While Cruz’s speechifying may not stop the Obamacare train wreck, it had the intended effect, to: educate, illuminate, and motivate. Cruz offered more substance on Obamacare in 21+ hours than DemoLibs have in three years.
In the Stretch
How do we know? Just look at the backlash. The lame stream media came unglued. King Harry, Princess Pelosi and the Senate Democrats have gone apoplectic. (What’s new?) Cynics and naysayers wasted little time sniping at the Senator from Texas, pelting him with the usual defeatist platitudes. And in a party known for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Cruz delivered like an Olympic class sprinter in the stretch.
Whether it’s running in the Olympics or running for Congress, courage and conviction can be as rare as a slim sow at a pork dinner. Here’s the result of one man’s Principled Stand:
Cruz. Lee. Paul. Meadows. Graves. Ted Cruz’s marathon anti-Obamacare speech has ended, but it may be a beginning.
Newsflash to John and John and Jon, Mitch, and Lindsey and GOP elites: the power to see the race through to the end doesn’t come from without. And we may have some members who have something “within” – and are looking an awful lot like gold medal leaders.