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The internal Republican fight about the right strategy on a government shutdown plays into the hands of President Obama. You win in politics by uniting your side while dividing the opposition; now the GOP looks badly divided while Democrats solidly support the president.

Worst of all, GOP disagreements involve tactics, not principles: all Republicans in Congress seek to eliminate Obamacare and every one of them voted “no” in 2010. But to overcome Obama’s certain veto of any defunding measure, the 45 Senate Republicans would need 22 Democrats to join them. That is utterly impossible. This means a stark choice for those demanding immediate defunding: will they surrender before a government showdown, or only afterward?

Either way, Republicans must eventually come together with constructive, plausible reforms to help the nation move past this sour season of doubt and division.

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  1. John from Jonesboro, GA  •  Sep 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm


    About 1 hour ago I heard you employ the words, (I paraphrase from memory), “I hope there is a special place in hell for people who lie like this.” You were referring to Ted Cruz. You need to apologize for this.

    There are many reasons to wreck the workings of the Senate so that funding the government could involve negotiations with the President and the Democrats. Cruz’s attempt is one of them. Conservatives like myself are sick and tired of the Democrats pulling such maneuvers when they controlled one house of Congress during the Bush years for political advantages, and we are appalled at the circular firing squad that RINO’s like you and other Republicans have created. Democrats don’t do this to each other. They take their liberal ideology, no matter how kooky it is, and they unite behind it.

    Speaking of kooky, I have never heard you speak such vitriol of anyone, not Obama, not Pelosi, not Reid, not Achmedinijad. You respectfully report about these people, even as you urbanely giggle at them. Meanwhile, you employ the most extreme rhetoric against a risk-taking Republican, effectively trying to alienate him in a very mean way. Well, too bad for you. The Tea Party will continue to play a greater role in the Republican Party, not a lesser one.

    You didn’t sound like the Miichael Medved I’ve heard before today. You sounded like Al Franken from his Air America days.

  2. Lynn  •  Sep 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think Michael Medved is a Washington elite /supposed Republican who ‘hates the Tea party and is obviously pandering to get Chris Christie Nominated for President and I can Assure you Conservatives don’t want a Liberal in sheep’s clothing for President. Thanks for helping to further split the Republican party this Nation is totally screwed!

  3. John from Jonesboro, GA  •  Sep 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    The insult to injury happens when you consider that Medved was excoriating Cruz, hoping there is a place in hell for liars like him.

    Wonder what Medved thinks about the lies Obama told about the “Affordable Care Act”? Medved falls all over his logic at times to make certain he appears respectful to the president, and then he goes and does this damage to a guy like Cruz.

    All this accomplishes is attempts to alienate Cruz. However, in the end it backfires. Medved’s witless banter will only help to further distance conservatives from the center of Washington and motivate us to change the Republican Party to one that better resembles the Tea Party.

  4. Gary W. Brown  •  Sep 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Mr. Medved,
    Usually, I have the utmost respect for your opinions for which you are entitled. I was disappointed in the way you mocked Senator Cruz,ie.playing “Star Wars”. He came off of 21 hours without sleep to explain aspects of Obama Care that have been glossed over by the Dems and given cover by the media. Sen.Cruz was supported by a goodly number of Republicans thru out the night. He,in turn, supported the House bill. Heritage also supports his efforts to defund. You characterize his position as wanting to shut down the government,he does not .Even Sen.Cole tempered his criticism that you were attempting to solicit.[my opinion] Your strategy seems to be, ‘let’s chip away, after we win the senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016. In the meantime,the citizens are being harmed and our nation becomes part time employees. Of course my question is: What do we do if we lose in 2014 and 2016? Give up? Is Obama willing to punish this country if he doesn’t get everything he wants? Is there any democrat that has any backbone. Are they willing to sit on the sidelines and watch the “train wreck” that Max Balkus described.
    “They” tell the republicans we need a bigger tent. Maybe they’re right. The way we treated Sen. Cruz was appalling. Giving negative talking points to Chris Wallace…
    I’m not sure what we stand for anymore?

  5. Matthew McDonald  •  Sep 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I have yet to see anybody address Michael’s point… I guess because mathematics is hard to argue with. I will put it a slightly different way. After we (conservatives) lose this fight because we don’t have the votes, then what? How much time will we spend blaming each other? Will we lose the small opportunity we have to maybe force congress to accept it’s own “train wreck” for themselves? Michael keeps asking, but I have yet to hear *anybody* describe how conservatives win anything by attempting to de-fund Obamacare. Simply put, this is what happens when we lose elections. If we lose the next two, then we will all get a Single Payer system *rammed* down our throats.

  6. Jeffrey from Philadelphia  •  Sep 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm


    I been listening to you for years and years now, you are one of my favorite radio talk show personality. But the way you attack Sen. Ted Cruz is very disappointing.
    Have you ever consider that Sen. Cruz believes in what he is saying, than he is saying it for popularity contest? What if I question your motivation similar to how you are questioning Sen. Cruz motivation?

    The vote today shows Sen. Cruz is right of what his been saying all day.

    I think you need to apologize to Sen. Cruz and to all your listeners. You can make amends of your past mistakes and use your show in support of Sen. Cruz.

  7. Bruce Zittlow  •  Sep 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I guess it’s every Republical for himself now in the Congress. Maybe they should all filibuster for their unique position, then they could all get the press and accolades Ted Cruz is getting for his woefully designed campaign to do….. well, what is it he was trying to do? Oh, sow dissension among those who agree with him on the substance of Obamacare and be the last man standing because of all the attention he got. It’s time to formulate a campaign that would use Assad’s and Putin’s tactics to roll the weak lame duck President of the United States and get something done which would be right for America. He will cave in if backed into the same sort of corner they backed him into. It’s his pattern.

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