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Who, Aside From Obama, Was the Biggest Loser of 2013?

Boehner, Rubio, Cruz and Ryan
Every year about this time the punditocracy on TV, online and in America’s few remaining establishment newspapers, indulges in a game of who was the biggest winner and, most importantly, who was the biggest loser of the now fading year.

It would be easy to push this off as self-indulgence by the media elite, but it has real political consequences going into the Second Session of the 113th Congress and the 2014 mid-term elections.

Those whom the pundits anoint as “winners” will see their prestige, influence and, most importantly, media coverage, enhanced. Those who are branded as losers will generally see their media coverage fade, and along with it their ability to communicate through the mass media and influence events.

Of course most conservatives, and we suspect most Americans outside the Beltway, see President Barack Obama as the biggest, and most well-deserved loser of 2013, because the vast fabric of lies surrounding ObamaCare was finally exposed by the facts in such a way that even his most ardent apologists in the media were forced to acknowledge it.

We suggest to our friends in the establishment media – and some are our friends, despite the fact that we regularly remind them of how wrong and generally misinformed about conservative politics they really are – that the most interesting year-end political question is not who the biggest loser is, but who, aside from Obama, is the biggest loser of 2013?

Here, in no special order, is our list of nominees for “the biggest loser, aside from Obama, of 2013.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner: Speaker Boehner has become notorious as one of the few politicians in the history of the United States who regularly loses by winning. Boehner’s most notable legislative achievements in the First Session of the 113th Congress were all achieved by losing a substantial number of the members of his own House Republican Conference. Under Boehner, the notion that the Republican’s legislative agenda should require the support of “the majority of the majority” has been turned on its head.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida: Our admittedly non-scientific CHQ Republican presidential primary straw poll charted the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential aspirations. In the weeks leading up to his announcement that he was joining the “Gang of Eight” and backing a bill to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the United States, Rubio was at the top of the list of 2016 Republican presidential aspirants. When he announced he was supporting amnesty he immediately dropped out of the top five, and when the details of the Gang of Eight bill became known, such as its multi-million dollar slush fund for hard left organizations, like La Raza, weeks began to pass before Rubio even garnered one vote.  We doubt any politician in either Party has squandered a shot at the presidency faster than did Marco Rubio in 2013. 

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell: If in the not-so-distant future there is a leftist revolution and conservatives were put on trial Republican Mitch McConnell would probably walk free for lack of evidence. McConnell’s entire Senate career has been devoted to growing government, growing spending and the kind of home state pork barreling that would make the Nineteenth Century politicians pilloried by cartoonist Thomas Nast proud. McConnell’s deal-making and compromising have diluted the Republican brand to the point that, rather than being the Party of less government and fiscal responsibility, the GOP’s Capitol Hill brand is now that of the Party of caving-in and protecting incumbents.

Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli: Our good friend Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s principled limited government constitutional conservative Attorney General, lost his bid for Governor of Virginia in one of the two biggest off-year races held in 2013. Cuccinelli’s loss was a hard blow to conservatives who saw him – still see him – as a star with the brains, values, talent and principles to make a real difference in the future of this great country. As Ken was being outspent better than 2 to 1 by his Democratic opponent, and a host of hard left organizations, he was all but abandoned, and in some cases actively betrayed, by the Republican establishment. But Ken’s real failure in the campaign was that he drank the consultant Kool Aid and, rather than concentrating on two or three issues and drawing a bright contrast with his liberal big government opponent by running as a principled limited government pro-life candidate Ken ran as… well, we’re still not sure.

Karl Rove: The biggest loser of 2012, next to Mitt Romney was clearly Karl Rove, whose epic Election night meltdown on FOX News is still a cause of wonderment. But Rove’s losing streak didn’t stop with the fact that of the 31 races in which he ran ads in 2012 only 9 won. In 2013 the two major Tea Party oriented Super PACs – the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund super PAC and the TeaPartyExpress.org PAC raised more than Rove’s three PACs combined. What’s more, Rove’s stealthy efforts to advance the establishment’s agenda on amnesty and to support Mitch McConnell against his Tea Party backed opponent have been exposed making Rove himself a negative issue in those campaigns.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz: As the government shutdown over the defunding of ObamaCare was ending due to the cave-in of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell the establishment media branded the leading proponent of the defund ObamaCare strategy, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, as the loser of the fight. When poll numbers came out showing that Capitol Hill Republicans were at new lows the establishment media blamed Cruz and once again claimed that Cruz had lost. However, the millions of grassroots conservative voters who expressed their opposition to ObamaCare and wanted the government shut down until ObamaCare was defunded begged to differ. Now the ObamaCare rollout has failed and the program – as Cruz predicted – is collapsing under the weight of the corruption and lies used to justify its passage. As the year ends, we wonder if any honest observer of American politics still sees Cruz as the loser of the defund ObamaCare and government shut down battles.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: When the 2012 presidential campaign ended one of the few people at the top of the Romney campaign who came out of the disaster with his reputation enhanced was Vice Presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan. While Ryan was not allowed to play the role of active advocate for the right-to-life and cutting spending that conservatives had hoped he would, he at least came off as capable of handling himself well on the national stage. However, since the end of the campaign, rather than use his new-found prestige to advance the conservative agenda on Capitol Hill Ryan has made it clear that he is casting his lot with the Republican establishment. In negotiating the growth of spending, deficit and debt in the Ryan – Murray budget deal, and in his embrace of amnesty for illegal aliens, Paul Ryan, like Marco Rubio, has seen his stock with conservatives fall precipitously, and with it his standing in our CHQ Republican Presidential Straw Poll where, with Rubio, he now ranks near the bottom.

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