The good news today is Marco Rubio endorsing the use of Article V by the states to propose amendments to the Constitution. This is what the Reagan Project is all about, so welcome aboard Marco!
The not so good news is that Marco did not do his due diligence in coming to this decision, since he chose to endorse the Convention of States (CoS) proposal instead of the BBA Task Force’s version.
When Gov. Kasich decided to campaign for us a little more than a year ago, he did his due diligence. He quickly understood that the CoS approach wouldn’t fly. It calls for an essentially open convention, free to propose any amendment that reduces the power and scope of the federal government. Thus, an amendment stripping the federal courts of jurisdiction in abortion cases would be allowed. Whenever you bring abortion into a political calculation it upsets everything. There happen to be a whole lot of people who want a BBA but do not want anything to do with an abortion amendment. It’s a deal killer. In some states, like Wyoming, term limits is a deal killer. These are conservative legislators, but they hate term limits. And so on. The more potential subjects are included, the more opposition is engendered.
The Task Force has adamantly insisted from day one that at an Amendment Convention called pursuant to the Resolutions we support would take up one subject, and one subject only — A Balanced Budget Amendment. Period. We win in states where we convince legislators that the Convention will be limited to one subject. When we are unable to convince them, we’ve got trouble.
This is why CoS has four states, and we have 27.
It is my hope that Gov. Kasich will take advantage of this opportunity to school young Marco. Why wouldn’t he? He’s publicly identified with the Task Force, having campaigned with us and for us in eight or nine of our target states. This would be malpractice if he doesn’t jump on it.
Cruz is a bit of a cipher on Article V. This is a purely political calculation on his part. When he ran as a right wing insurgent in the 2012 primary, he had support from the very people who oppose us — the John Birch Society, and — until recently — the Eagle Forum. These people are a little nutty, but there were enough of them that he had to placate them, so he expressed skepticism about Article V. On the other hand, our man in South Carolina, Charleston County Republican Chairman John Steinberger, asked Cruz to his face if he supported the Task Force’s proposal, and he said yes. This was last June. We’ve heard nothing since, that I’m aware of.
I’m counting on Cruz’s vaunted intelligence to lead him to conclude we’re the horse to ride in this race. Hell, we’re 23 lengths ahead. He’s a very busy man right now. But at some point he’ll give it some thought. I’d be mightily surprised if he didn’t climb aboard.
At the January 14th debate they will probably have some way for the audience to pose a question, using Facebook or something. The Task Force decided today to get everyone we can to submit a question about Article V and the BBA: Do they support it? It should be easy to do. If everybody kicked in we might even get our question asked.
I’ve been with the Task Force for over two years now, waiting for this idea to see the light of day. I have a feeling we’re getting close. And when that happens we have a great story to tell.
I’ve got a piece up in American Thinker tomorrow, thank you, editor J R Dunn. It’s a review of A Time for Truth, Cruz’s autobiography.
When you were a kid, what would you have thought of another kid who dressed up in a suit and drove all over Texas giving speeches, and singing songs, about the Constitution to Rotary Clubs? What kind of a dorkwad does that?
That’s our man Ted, in a nutshell. From the acorn to the tree, it’s his personal mission. I’m glad he’s a dorkwad.
Otherwise he’d be scary.