In the last half-century the WSJ editorial page has managed to get one thing right--Cruz & Co.'s "Defund Obamacare" campaign is exceptionally stupid politics--so it's not about to shrink from its critics in its singular moment of glory:
We ... don't need any lectures about principle from the Heritage Foundation that promoted RomneyCare and the individual mandate that is part of ObamaCare.
My how the right's great big fun house has turned ugly. All this unpleasantness and these pointed recriminations. It's beastly is what it is, just beastly.
Myself being of good cheer and of course utterly uncynical wholesomeness, I do have to give the brass-and-glass plutocrats at the WSJ credit, however, for what appears to be some actual honesty: "[W]e've lost this debate."
That makes two things they've gotten right, and both in the same year. The cosmos quakes.
But what I really wanted to note is the WSJ editorial's final passage, which contains some truly elegant and preemptive bitterness:
Generals Cruz and Lee are in charge. If they do succeed and defund ObamaCare, we'll gladly give them due credit. But if things don't go well, let's not hear any excuses about "the surrender caucus" or claims that it would all have worked out if only everyone were as brave and principled as the generals up at HQ.
Looks as though the Establishment has gotten to know its Ted Cruzes and Mike Lees rather well.