Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Despite being outspent more than 3-to-1, having never run for office and being tasked with penetrating the Lone Star State’s 20 media markets with virtually zero name recognition, Cruz is well positioned to upset Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Tuesday. It’s a scenario that would send shockwaves through the political elite and embolden the thousands of conservatives from across the country who have descended here to help push him over the finish line.

It’s one thing for a tea party candidate to swipe away an individual House seat or dominate a party convention in a small state, but a statewide win in supersize Texas would be a new high-water mark.

“Dewhurst had every advantage you can have. What Cruz has done to this point was once unthinkable and is now remarkable. He will be an overnight star if he wins, which he is favored to do right now,” said Austin-based GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak, a Cruz supporter and former press secretary to retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The two most recent public polls have shown Cruz ahead. And a Dewhurst ally with knowledge of an internal survey separate from the campaigns told POLITICO his preferred candidate was trailing by high single digits heading into the weekend.

“I think [Dewhurst’s] done,” said the Republican who shared the information in exchange for anonymity. “It’s Nebraska, Indiana. You just smell it. He’s toast.”

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Mr. Dewhurst is an undistinguished, go-along/get-along creature of the GOP leadership’s seniority-oriented model of politics. He is a student of the school of thought that rallied party operatives behind Indiana’s too-long-lived Richard Lugar when a credible conservative alternative was available in the person of Richard Mourdock. His views — though perhaps not his temperament — would make him an ideal candidate to represent a state such as Maine, where the only other option would be a Democrat to his left. But a strong conservative can win in Texas, and we have one in Ted Cruz…

Mr. Cruz’s personal credentials are sterling: An authentic conservative intellectual, he was a star at Princeton and Harvard law, winning the admiration of thinkers as politically opposed as Robert P. George and Alan Dershowitz. He clerked on the Supreme Court under William Rehnquist and is an unwavering defender of our constitutional order. Having a great deal of experience before the Supreme Court, he would be invaluable when it comes time for the Senate to vet appointments to the highest courts in the land — under both Democratic and Republican presidents. And as the Houston-raised son of a Cuban immigrant, he is proof positive that the American dream is very much alive and well — if in desperate need of defenders within the political system. Mr. Cruz can provide that defense in a way that Mr. Dewhurst simply is not equipped to do.

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A Cruz win would not only be a major rebuke of the well-known (and VERY well financed) Dewhurst, but it would also arguably be the most significant statewide upset of the 2012 cycle to date. (Yes, we’re talking about the same cycle in which a sitting senator was dislodged in Indiana and a little-known state legislator won the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska.)…

A Cruz victory would suggest that Republican voters aren’t just rejecting inadequately conservative candidates and longtime incumbents. The sufficiently conservative who are tied the establishment — a word becoming more and more toxic in politics — are also at risk.

A Tuesday win by Cruz would mean just about every candidate left in a GOP primary who is challenging a frontrunner tied in ANY way to the establishment will do everything they can to compare their candidacy to Cruz’s.

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As Republicans prepare for yet another show vote on abortion Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are facing a rising tide of from Republican moderates angry over the rightward tack the conference has taken under his leadership…

“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” [Rep. Richard] Hanna told the Post-Standard.

According to Republicans, moderate members of the House GOP conference feel that Boehner, who has struggled with an often raucous and openly defiant right wing, has forced them to go along with conservative demands but has provided them little in return.

One Republican familiar with the dynamics within the GOP argued part of the difficulty for Boehner has been the fact that conservatives — and not moderates — have been the “squeaky wheel” within the conference, which has forced him to focus on them for much of the 112th Congress.

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Sarah Palin is leaping to the assistance of a fellow “mama grizzly” in Missouri.

Sarah Steelman, who has enjoyed the backing of Tea Partiers in Missouri’s three-way Republican Senate primary, received Palin’s endorsement earlier this month. Now, Palin is appearing in a TV ad for Steelman in the race’s closing stretch.


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so we need someone with bold ideas in congress to get things done…

translation-big ideas must come from dems because we don’t like paul ryan’s bold plan at all…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Telling the truth has now become a gaffe? So now there’s no danger that obama will ever make a gaffe, since he NEVER tells the truth.

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

i watch the show, stunned. its pure outright stinking propaganda. Flagrant lies, simply to push an agenda. obama the serene serious person on foreign policy. romney, the rube, on the other hand, can’t keep his foot out of his mouth.

pretty crafty gymnastics…mitt can be this brilliant fiendish rich guy, yet on the other hand when it comes to diplomacy, he’s a fumbling idiot. ergo her must be an idiot. vote for obama. hi i’m joe, i was elected to congress as a conservative.

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Palin is appearing in a TV ad for Steelman in the race’s closing stretch.

Which will hurt Steelman in November.

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

pretty much spot on R

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:58 AM

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Because, after all, she had such a horrible track record in 2010./

Gimme a break.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

heh

eugene is trying to call this a gaffeapoolza tour…

delusional

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The polls show both guys winning, but I think Cruz has a very good chance. People are in the mood to change things up.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Yes. They are. Read today’s blog.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 AM

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM

just saw that as well….obama does no wrong in their eyes, it’ll be someone else’s fault if the election goes to mitt

so mitt could do no right in the MJ crew’s eyes on this tour…unstinkingbelievable…jarrett must have sent another mass email…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I would not watch those people if you put a gun to my head. My blood pressure has been pretty good lately, I do not want to change that.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:04 AM

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 AM

excellent take KJ…spinning in their graves indeed

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:04 AM

i hear ya
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they are not digging mitt’s olympic ad, natch…what a waste of money, yada yada yada

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:07 AM

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:04 AM

i hear ya
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they are not digging mitt’s olympic ad, natch…what a waste of money, yada yada yada

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Yeah well right now the people of Britain could care less about Mitt Romney and they are busy hating on Costas for saying that he hoped they had removed from the guillotine from the Tower and the entire network of NBC for making such a hash of the Olympics.

I like this site called the Tudor Tutor and she comes up on my facebook with some really nasty stuff about those folks over there. Not a word does she say about Mitt Romney. So maybe the folks at msnbc need to clean up their own act before they go after someone else.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Just put on last night’s Hannity from the DVR. I’ve had alls I can stands, and I can’t stands no more!

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

interesting…

msdnc will continue to double down on stupid….

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:16 AM

To all our HA texans….be happy and vote today!!

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:46 AM

My entire family has already voted early and for Cruz. Yesterday (per request) I printed out sample ballots for co-workers and highlighted the most conservative candidates.

redridinghood on July 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

ot:
rip maeve binchy….

i liked her books…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

redridinghood on July 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

excellent

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:18 AM

I think Cruz has done all the right things heading into this run-off and deserves to win on his merits, but I also think he was heartened, and perhaps even emboldened, by the primary election here in Indiana where we sent RINOtastic Dick Lugar to his long overdue retirement in Virginia.
To me, the message was: The establishment is ready for a kick in the nads. That kick may not show up on World’s Dumbest, but it should be just as painful and embarrassing.
Go Cruz. Go Mourdock. Go Conservatives. Never give up…never surrender.

SKYFOX on July 31, 2012 at 7:18 AM

If anyone lives in TX state rep district 26, Rick Miller is in a runoff too. He unmasked a Muslim activist woman for her ties with unsavory Muslim groups (aren’t they all?) when she was running for city council in Sugar Land and thankfully she lost.

They say that early voting results will be released at 7 pm CDT, so we’ll have a good idea of who will win.

TxAnn56 on July 31, 2012 at 7:20 AM

interesting…

msdnc will continue to double down on stupid….

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:16 AM

They protest too much don’t they? Well,from what I hear from that nice British lady NBC is not popular over there. I guess twitter just savaged Costas. It might not seem like a big deal to us, but they take their history seriously. It also is worth noting, that Brits like to complain about Americans. Sucking up to them and ragging on Romney will not change that.

In truth, I think Romney did the same thing here that he did when he went to the NAACP..he told the truth as he saw it. If people do not like that, that is too bad.I think that is his attitude.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM

ot: rip maeve binchy….

i liked her books…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

God rest her soul.

I’ve read all her books, and have one in my beach bag right now that I’m re-reading. A good woman and a very talented writer.

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

If people do not like that, that is too bad.I think that is his attitude.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM

i’m ok with that…folks need to hear the truth and not be pandered to…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

apologies to the HA georgians…..

Be happy and vote today as well!

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

ABC’s Rick Klein has his panties in a bunch this morning.

Next outrageous outrage?

Whaaaa! Rick Gorka told reporters to kiss his ass!

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

the new conspiracy theory when mitt whens in nov

it’s those racist voter id laws…they are already talking about it now..

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

The MSM ain’t seen nothin’, yet. On November 6th, we will all tell them to.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

heh

but the he apologised…why???

cripe the lsm needs to put their big boy pants on

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM

whens =wins…
wow time to get more coffee

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:34 AM

The MSM ain’t seen nothin’, yet. On November 6th, we will all tell them to.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Amen brother!

cripe the lsm needs to put their big boy pants on

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Like I told Klein. Its about time the press gets treated with the same respect they give.

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

WHO IS THIS BLACK IDIOT ON MOANING JOE!?
You have got to love this ! “President Obama: Courting Black Voters” says the banner and this bald black guy talking about “disparity” between the races and blaming Romney and Scarborough saying “how can you blame Romney since the disparity gap has worsened since Obama took office on day one” and the black guy stares ahead and answers “Romney Romney Romney” and Joe explains again that Obama has been President for 3 1/2 years and the guys answers “Romney Romney Romney…..”

Marcus on July 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

i always wonder when i watch MJ, if they really believe what they are saying. or if it is some choreographed orwellian propoganda fest, to feed their viewers the party line in such a way to reinforce the administrations lies. some believe of course. the truly crazines, robinson, dean, moore, sherrif mika. there are times, when someone slips, and tiptoes into soemthing factual, real, something sane…and there is this small window of silence, you can see the look in their eyes, they shift in their seats uncomfortably, rebooting i guess, then dismiss it, ignore it, and get back to the script. but those little “errors” of sanity are telling i think. that dude ratner, he’s loose, they’re going to have to spike him in a few weeks, he’s getting closer and clsoer to the truth. they need donnie doushbag back, he’s reliably nuts. and halperin since the oabam/dick comment, has been reigned in. but he too is starting to look dodgy. possible truth there. just a sliver. he may need “re-education” again soon. and the dude from politico, the bug-eyed freak dude…this morning: oh, both campaigns are just lieeeeeing to themselves. then goes on to dispel 2 or 3 obama campaign myths. bain, the tax returns. dont think he mentioned one romney “lie”. that’ll require some “fixing” for the west coast.

t8stlikchkn on July 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Like I told Klein. Its about time the press gets treated with the same respect they give.

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

amen

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Marcus on July 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

it’s got to be the kool-aid….

boggles the mind…it’s like dear leader hasn’t been president or something

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Marcus on July 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

wes moore. and oh he’s a veteran! they usually make sure to stress that. he served in the corp i beleive. and then he goes on to spout every leftwing inane talking point. he’s a true blue believer. reliable. may see more of him when the going gets tough here in spet/oct. he wont slip. he’s got that look. he’ll charge the machine gun nest of reality. he’ll go right over the top with the propoganda. he’s a good soldier. he’s the canon fodder, the useful idiot. he’s expendable.

t8stlikchkn on July 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

moaning joe predicts that elizabeth warrens speech at the dnc will hearken back to that given by barack obama in 2004. which signaled him as a political force in the party.

and the meme building begins. barf.

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

t8stlikchkn on July 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

+1

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:48 AM

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

blech

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Bill Bennett has Ted Cruz on …. Man, he sounds good !!
(Bill’s show is available online, and I listen early (TuneIn or Radio?Sure), which is often repeated later)

pambi on July 31, 2012 at 7:52 AM

and the meme building begins. barf.

renalin on July 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

You know her speech will be seven shades of awesome.

She is a ‘rockstar’, the new (old) (pale) face of the Democrat Party.

Not surprised you are barfing with excitement.

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

I just hope Elizabeth Warren lets her commie freak flag fly during her big speech! Give it all ya got, Fauxcahontas!

Naturally Curly on July 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Not surprised you are barfing with excitement.

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

she is also a shiny object. i think she and that race will be the only one they talk about on MJ. this is what they did in 2010. when the dems were losing what? 5-6 seats in total, the only race they ever talked about and i mean probably 70% of the time they were tlkaing about senate races in any way it was this one: the chick in DE. day after day. the witch stuff, the ads. they sensed she was a pickup for dems. so the fact they were losing 5 or 6 seats all they talked about was the ONE where there was a dem pickup. looking at the 12 landscape, on MJ, we will only hear about ONE race, the typical indian womans race. becase its the only race where there MAY be a dem flip. the other 7 races they will lose will never be mentioned (if they can keep halperin and the bug-eyed dude under wraps). and again this year for the 98th quarter wheat production has exceeded quotas…..

t8stlikchkn on July 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

As I wrote today, this ain’t yo’ folks Democratic Party…it’s more like Chicago’s Communist Party USA.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Just left the polling place where I voted for Cruz. The turnout was underwhelming. So much so that when I put my paper ballot in the machine I could hear it hit the bottom. Come on Texans get out and vote!

neyney on July 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Senator Kelly Ayotte – New Hampshire
Club for Growth: 2011 score 98% Lifetime score 98%, 8th best in Senate
NRA rating A
American Conservative Union – 2011 95% Lifetime 95%, one of the highest in the Senate

Viator on July 31, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Those stats can be deceiving:

Ayotte was a strong supporter of Sotomayor

She was against the castle Doctrine (the right to self defense in your home).

The only reason she was against Kagan was due to “experience” not that she was a radical.

It took weeks of dragging her feet on the Law of the Sea Treaty, aftter a ton of pressure from the grassroots and finally she voted no on it around the same time she was being considered for VP.

Today she’s touring NH with John McCain!!

There’s plenty more, I’m in NH, trust me, she’s not a real conservative.

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

To all our HA texans….be happy and vote today!!

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 6:46 AM

We are happy and voting in Ga also. : )

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

apologies to the HA Georgians…..

Be happy and vote today as well!

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Thank You. : )

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

boggles the mind…it’s like dear leader hasn’t been president or something

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Some suggest he really hasn’t. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

SparkPlug on July 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Oh my, I am always soooo late to these events! Or am I early now?

SparkPlug: Oh thanks! Honey Badger is the funniest thing I forgot what a laugh riot is was! Ty for the kind words also…

Good Morning to everyone!!

Have a blessed and glorious day!

Now where was I? Oh yeah page 2…lol

Scrumpy on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Good point Glad to have Sen. Miller (AK)..Oh wait..Not the answer you where looking for!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Good point Glad to have Sen. Miller (AK)..Oh wait..Not the answer you where looking for!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Lol!

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

..:)

Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

We Texans are not going to live on a Reservation run by the Democrats or the RINO’s.

If we wanted to live that way we would have moved to California and gone broke with them.

John Cornyn is next.

He is in fact John Cornyn III and does not use that as it would show his roots.
1. Not from a conservative family.
2. He has a journalism degree as a starter.
3. He would vote for a full amenst in 1/2 a heart beat.
4. He at every chance puts up bills to pull in more cheap IT workers and accepts money from the big IT companies for this back stabing of U.S. workers.

Just Watch.!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 31, 2012 at 2:17 PM

The Cruz victory last night is also an indication that Texans are fed up with the slime thrown by the establishment when it comes to defending what they see as the god given right to hold office. The elitist, whether of the left or right, are pathetic. As one who left the Republican Party because I was fed up with the “Me too” attitude of the supposed conservatives concerning their “right” to hold office, I am happy to see Cruz win. However, his background indicates that he can slip into the “good ol’ boy” club of the Senate rather easily. He is after all, one of them (Princeton – Yale? please). Let us see what happens. He can be thrown out in six years if he does.

georgeofthedesert on August 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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