Open thread: Texas; Update: AP calls it for Cruz

posted at 7:28 pm on July 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Two months ago, PPP had Dewhurst leading — by 25 points. As of yesterday, Cruz leads by 10 and is poised for arguably the most momentous upset in the brief but successful history of grassroots conservative challenges. How’d he do it? Not so much with sharp policy differences (although Cruz has taken care to paint Dewhurst as a squish, natch) as with good ol’ fashioned populism:

Voters who aren’t happy with the way things are going are throwing out people they blame for the mess, regardless of ideology. It sometimes looks like the Tea Party, but it’s not the same. Those early Tea Party rallies three years ago were all about economics; these races are drawing people from social to fiscal conservatives. That’s why “Washington” is a dirty word, and “lawyer” is a hex…

The establishment has lined up behind Dewhurst. A few have migrated to Cruz, but if you ask an incumbent Republican in Austin who they like in this primary, you’re more likely to find a Dewhurst supporter. The insiders like him because he’s an insider and there’s no pressing ideological reason for the conservatives to ditch him, either…

A Cruz win would be a success for those who’d like to bloody the establishment’s noses, to tell the people in Washington and Austin that the public is angry and that there will be consequences. It could embolden challengers and prompt incumbents to grab their teddy bears and suck their thumbs…

In the Senate race, Dewhurst has wagered they are voting against the Democrats in Washington. Cruz bets they’re voting against the establishment. Ideology is in there somewhere. So is the question of why most people aren’t interested in coming to the polls at all.

That sounds like a critique of tea-party power but it really isn’t. The claim isn’t that tea partiers aren’t driving this; of course they are. The claim is that there’s so much antiestablishment sentiment out there across the electorate that TP candidates might be getting a fresh look from non-TPers. Dewhurst’s problem isn’t so much that he’s a RINO as that, with nine years as lieutenant governor, he’s vulnerable to criticism that he’s a consummate “business as usual” candidate. Who wants business as usual right now? And Cruz, of course, is a star in the making with special appeal potentially to the Latino voters whom the GOP covets. It’s entirely rational to want to roll the dice on him instead of rubber-stamping an older mainstay of the Texas GOP. In fact, baseball fan that I am, today’s trading deadline made me think of this race as a sort of roster move. Texas Republicans are DFAing a decent but past-his-prime slugger in favor of a 20-year-old who’s hitting .400 at AAA. Ted Cruz — the GOP’s Mike Trout.

And as with all good hitters, it helps to have plenty of protection in the line-up:

Another part of Cruz’s strategy involved nationalizing the race and attracting prominent conservatives to boost his credentials and name recognition. Tea Party darling and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, along with South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative stalwart, rallied 1,500 supporters in Houston over the weekend on Cruz’s behalf. Before the May primary, Palin voiced robo-calls for Cruz, calling him a trustworthy conservative who would change “the way Washington does businesses” and noting that the candidate’s father fled Cuba “seeking freedom.”…

Conservative groups have spent heavily on this race to contend with Dewhurst’s financial advantages. For example, Club for Growth spent $1.5 million on behalf of Cruz in the last week, and $5.5 million on independent expenditures throughout the campaign, most of it targeting Dewhurst. DeMint’s super PAC, Senate Conservatives Action, also ran ads in the state for Cruz.

Dewhurst spent, if you can believe it, $25 million on the race, including more than $16 million of his own money. And it may yet pay off: As impressive as yesterday’s PPP poll was for Cruz, WaPo notes that Dewhurst outspent him in TV ads by more than $1 million over the final week and that early voting, which favored Dewhurst in the first primary election (this one is a run-off), is once again “robust.” In fact, for what it’s worth, Dewhurst’s own internal poll had him up five points as recently as last week. Believe it or not, there are plenty of non-tea party Republicans even in Texas. I think Cruz will win, but I’d bet the margin is closer to four or five points than nine or 10.

Here’s the results page at the Texas Secretary of State’s website so that you can track returns. Stand by for updates and a dramatic conclusion.

Update: Bad omens for Dewhurst

@tedcruz sweeps the four big NTX counties that Dewhurst needed to win or run very strong. Denton County goes to @tedcruz 62-38.

Update: The Senate’s tea-party caucus will have a new member next year:

Tea party-backed Ted Cruz has defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

The former state solicitor general won the runoff Tuesday. He’d lost the May 29 primary by a large margin but forced the runoff because Dewhurst fell short of a majority. Cruz advances to the November election to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Says Dan Foster of NRO, “This is how you make the Senate more conservative, primary a guy in a safe seat with an excellent challenger. This is the anti-Delaware ’10.” I’ll bet Cruz is already being slotted for a speech at the convention.

Update: How big of a problem is this for Rick Perry? If you believe PPP, a pretty big one.

Update: I think the occasion warrants a cameo.


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In a down ticket race, Dr. Donna Campbell trounced SEN Jeff Wentworth. Dr Campbell is a conservative and has canvassed the area relentlessly.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Maybe you missed years 2000-2006 and what happens when a progressive Republican gets a gop controlled senate and house. I remember it and I don’t want to repeat it anymore than I want to repeat the years 2008-2010. Nope I’ll take gridlock for $200 Alex. If it was good enough for the founders it is good enough for me.

unseen on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

You don’t see trillion dollar packages. And if the GOP really likes or doesn’t care about obamacare like you seem to imply, then why didn’t they pass it?

Tarp was very close to a Trillion. All GW Bush there.

Can not think of much more of a socialist program than GW’s Medicare part D.

Mitt did pass Romney Care which is Obama Care at the State level.

Why Establishment Republicans are no better than Democrats. I question wether Mitt is a Republican at all. When he ran for Governor he made it very clear he was not a Republican and the better Democrat.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

You are obsessed…Mitt Romney is less of an establishment candidate than Rick Santorum …any idiot can see that. In fact, a lot of Tea Party people have endorsed Mitt Romney. You can just ignore that bit of reality if you want, but it is still the truth.

As for Murkowski, she won in a write in..that is a totally different situation. Miller was no Cruz.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

No you don’t Terrye. Unseen is totally correct. We know what Romney did in the Primaries and what ads he ran and also what his Senor Advisors did after a couple of debates. I contended with you then, and don’t intend to cover it again with you.

As unseen said about Murkowski it’s true. We know the rules changes that were made up there. There were also Establishment Republicans that went to Alaska to help Murkowski instead of Miller. So back off. No need to lie and distort; the truth is bad enough what they did.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM

John Hayward tweets:

“Maybe Dick Cheney should call Ted Cruz and ask if he thinks it’s a mistake to have Sarah Palin on your team.”

https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/230502883387379712

***

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said, “We could not be more proud of this historic tea party victory tonight against the Texas establishment. This is probably the most significant upset Texas has seen since Perry defeated Hightower in 1990, and it comes at the hands of the tea party.

“What we saw in Ted Cruz and this Senate race was threefold: we saw an unquestionably strong and bold tea party conservative in Cruz; we saw Dewhurst as the anointed Austin politician that was exactly what we have been working to rid Washington of; and finally we saw the passion in the Texas tea party activists that could set the stage for this historic victory.

“The false narrative continues to be written that the tea party is dead, and 2012 will not be like 2010. However, every month we see a strong example to the contrary. In May, Tea Party Express-endorsed Richard Mourdock beat 36-year incumbent Senator Dick Lugar. In June, Tea Party Express-supported Governor Scott Walker defeated a national union-led campaign to recall him. Now, in July, we have witnessed a monumental accomplishment with Ted Cruz securing the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Texas.

“Tonight we sent a message that should shake Obama’s Chicago headquarters: Texas not only is going to be staying a red state, but the tea party is alive and ready to own 2012,” Kremer concluded.

Green eyed Lady on August 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

news is reporting cruz 56% to dewhurst 44%

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 12:14 AM

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canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Today I love Texas , the TEA party and the Tea party. This makes me think that we can right this ship before it tips over.

BoxHead1 on July 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I certainly hope so BoxHead1.

Pray and Vote!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

ER physician Donna Campbell and TP fave from New Braunfels beat the SNOT out of incumbent SEN Jeff Wentworth in a coyote ugly race.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Maybe you missed years 2000-2006 and what happens when a progressive Republican gets a gop controlled senate and house. I remember it and I don’t want to repeat it anymore than I want to repeat the years 2008-2010. Nope I’ll take gridlock for $200 Alex. If it was good enough for the founders it is good enough for me.

unseen on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

As bad as Bush was, I’d take him anyday and twice on Sunday over Obama.

So you’re content though to be stuck with obamacare for life? It’s not worth it to you to fight to repeal it? THere’s no shot with obama, at least we have one with Romney.

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

John Hayward tweets:

“Maybe Dick Cheney should call Ted Cruz and ask if he thinks it’s a mistake to have Sarah Palin on your team.”

https://twitter.com/Doc_0/status/230502883387379712

Green eyed Lady on August 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Green eyed Lady:Ouch,ahem,lol!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I have never believed Dewhurst to be a conservative. After all the shennanigans during the last legislative session here in Texas, I was bewildered when I heard all these people in Texas saying we were lucky to be voting between these two candidates.

Dewhurst’s campaign only solidified how I felt about him. That is the most disgusting campaign I have ever witnessed. Adds were played non-stop on the radio and television slamming Cruz as some evil commie liar who was ready to stab Texans in the back the first chance he got.

I gladly voted for Cruz.

JAGonzo on August 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM

With 95.7% reporting, Cruz- 56.6% Dewhurst- 43.4%

NoNails on August 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM

So you’re content though to be stuck with obamacare for life? It’s not worth it to you to fight to repeal it? THere’s no shot with obama, at least we have one with Romney.

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

So some similarities, some differences, and I hope we’re ultimately able to eliminate some of the differences, repeal the bad and keep the good. – Mitt Romney on Obamacare and Romneycare

Do you really think Romney is going to repeal Obamacare?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Reagan did more with a hostile Congress than bush did with a friendly congress to advanc econservatism in this country.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Yes he did. Bush and the R Congress thot they would be there forever. They did the Country no favors. So many things they could have done, but didn’t.

Mark Levin has been on a rant tonight about some vote Congress did at Romney’s request. I have to find out what that was.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

ER physician Donna Campbell and TP fave from New Braunfels beat the SNOT out of incumbent SEN Jeff Wentworth in a coyote ugly race.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

ted c:Hubba Hubba:)
===================

Donna Campbell Ousts State Senator Jeff Wentworth
*************************************************

(AP) — Emergency room physician Donna Campbell has won the
Republican nomination for state Senate District 25, defeating 19-year
incumbent Sen. Jeff Wentworth.

Campbell has never held public
office but finished a surprising second in the May 29 primary to force
her way into Tuesday`s runoff. A tea party favorite, Campbell was buoyed
by attacks on Wentworth, who was targeted for defeat by business groups
who called him too moderate.

Campbell will face Democrat John Courage in the November general election

Tuesday, July 31 2012, 09:55 PM CDT
====================================

http://www.foxsanantonio.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/vid_11340.shtml

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

http://www.ktul.com/story/19147529/conservatives-work-to-cull-moderate-republicans

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Great article. Out with the old and in with the new!! Old guard/new Conservatives!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Mark Levin has been on a rant tonight about some vote Congress did at Romney’s request. I have to find out what that was.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

It loolks like Mark is already finding out that “holding Mitt’s feet to the fire” is going to be much more difficult than he thought.

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-slams-house-republicans-for-voting-to-eliminate-senate-confirmation-for-169-presidential-appointments/

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

So some similarities, some differences, and I hope we’re ultimately able to eliminate some of the differences, repeal the bad and keep the good. – Mitt Romney on Obamacare and Romneycare

Do you really think Romney is going to repeal Obamacare?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

What’s the alternative? Have obama get reelected and have no shot at repealing it?? Yeah sounds like a brilliant idea!!

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

JPeterman on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Hey, you’re welcome.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

That bothers me a great deal. I’d like for Congress to think for themselves, and I don’t think it’s wise to give a President any more power to tilt the table.

INC on August 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Dr. Donna Campbell
*******************

http://donnacampbell.com/

Dr. Donna Campbell now set to face Incumbent Senator Jeff Wentworth in a runoff election! Congratulations Dr. Campbell!

(Unofficial Election Results)

http://www.teaparty911.com/candidates/dr_donna_campbell.htm

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Romney has already said he wants to work with Democrats and Republicans on legislation.

Well that means the bills that pass will have all the Democrats and a few Republicans. Mitt will sign them.

The Conservatives will just twittle their thumbs having no seat at the table. While they are blamed for every ill in America.

Remember Mitt has only talked about being a Republican for real. He ran as a “Liberal Moderate” “Progressive” saying that Republican Registration was just a technicality. Sure he says the right things to get elected but he says things drastically different than how he has always acted. He moved from Utah very late in the game to run in liberal Mass thus he chose to be a liberal Governor. He could have run much easier in Utah where he was an actual resident for over two years.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Nothing wrong with saying it. Let’s see what he does when there is a majority in the senate and congress and they send him something to sign.

As for conservatives getting the blame, that’s been happening so nothing to see there.

Do you honestly think that 40+ years of letting the liberals run around like unruly children can be changed overnight? Of course not. I really enjoy the idea that the squishes and the RINOs wondering if the rug will get pulled out from under them. That’s why I have absolutely no problem with Delaware because it tells them in no uncertain terms that we’re willing to lose the seat rather than let a squish keep it. Scorched earth.

It always comes back to at worst the status quo with Romney and we know the chaos and idiocy we’re going to get with Obama. It’s really a no brainer and the resistance to getting some breathing room and more time just baffles me.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

You get more conservatives like Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Demint, Ghomart, Bachmann…etc and you can put conservative bills on Romney’s desk.

It’s also the ONLY way we’ll ever repeal Obamacare.

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

True, however, we need a new Speaker and a new Majority Leader in the Senate if we take the Senate. Mark Levin said Walker would be the one he wants as Speaker. Don’t have to be a member of Congress for that!! Interesting huh?

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

There will be consequences…..
Signed, the Rabble

INC on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

So some similarities, some differences, and I hope we’re ultimately able to eliminate some of the differences, repeal the bad and keep the good. – Mitt Romney on Obamacare and Romneycare

Do you really think Romney is going to repeal Obamacare?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

What’s the alternative? Have obama get reelected and have no shot at repealing it?? Yeah sounds like a brilliant idea!!

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Neither one of those men are going to repeal Obamacare and I don’t see any reason to pretend otherwise.

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

As bad as Bush was, I’d take him anyday and twice on Sunday over Obama.

So you’re content though to be stuck with obamacare for life? It’s not worth it to you to fight to repeal it? THere’s no shot with obama, at least we have one with Romney.

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Really?

I mean you love losing seats in both houses every election for some reason?

GW Bush was worse than Carter in his second Term. 20% Approval but you would prefer that.

Well with Mitt you will get just that.

Except it is unlikely that if elected Mitt would leave office in 2016 with even 20% approval.

Listen to your man you claim to like.

He would disagree with you. Sounds to me like he hates Romney.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

57% to 43%. Throw out all the establishment players. Take back our country. If not now, then it will be too late.

CharlieCA on August 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Great article. Out with the old and in with the new!! Old guard/new Conservatives!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM

blue:Its Change Baby,hehe!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

I was just thinking about Breitbart. He was at a TEA Party event back in October 2010 at the same little park (in The Woodlands, TX) where Palin, Demint, and Cruz held the rally last Friday. I miss him….but it feels good to see that so many people really are Breitbart now! Stay strong for November…wooo…whooo!

redwhiteblue on August 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM

It’s really a no brainer and the resistance to getting some breathing room and more time just baffles me.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

We have been playing that game for decades and it never gets any better. It always gets worse and you are baffled that some people don’t think its a deal worth making?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:31 AM

True, however, we need a new Speaker and a new Majority Leader in the Senate if we take the Senate. Mark Levin said Walker would be the one he wants as Speaker. Don’t have to be a member of Congress for that!! Interesting huh?

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Don’t listen to the pundits on FNC.

John Bonehead will most likely lost Speaker in the next Congress if Mitt loses as he most likely will.

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-slams-house-republicans-for-voting-to-eliminate-senate-confirmation-for-169-presidential-appointments/

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:32 AM

The Humpbot expends all of the energy that I and we hope to express to all of you libtards. Enjoy and/or dismay according to your bent.

I’ll enjoy it … now and tomorrow.

Sleep well you liberal dummies!

ORrighty on August 1, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Looks like 13 or 14% margin.

Dewhurst got his azz kicked.

catmman on August 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

According to this video,Wentworth was unaware he was losing??!!

Campbell claims victory over Wentworth in runoff
************************************************

Donna Campbell claimed victory over long-time incumbent Jeff Wentworth.

Campbell took victory in the race for State Senate District 25. Statewide, voting numbers showed Campbell at 66 percent and Wentworth at 34 percent.

During the May primary election, 4,000 votes separated the two, but since neither party received more than 50 percent of the vote their bout was settled during Tuesday’s runoff election.

Dr. Campbell was officially endorsed by the Tea Party. It was the medical doctor’s first venture toward political office.

“I am running for limited government. I believe we need to have more conservative legislation. Limited government and get government out of the way the best way we can so that small businesses can grow,” Campbell said.
===================================

VIDEO
http://austin.ynn.com/content/top_stories/286085/campbell-claims-victory-over-wentworth-in-runoff

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I was down front, recorded the whole speech, and got some sweet shots.

And I’m going to rub every minute of footage into the faces of the Republicans around here. They lost, we won.

madmonkphotog on August 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I am so looking forward to seeing him in the U. S. Senate.

That exclusive arrogant club has done so much harm. I would like to see some of those incumbents get the message that “the public is angry and that there will be consequences.”

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Oh, I am too INC. I’ve watched his speeches and my opinion is that he is as serious as a heart attack about his beliefs and his work.
He’s not a politician in my opinion. His record speaks to that. When he entered this race, he had almost no name recognition and that says a lot.

We need to put the fear of God in every seat that is up for election, House and Senate!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Looks like 13 or 14% margin.

Dewhurst got his azz kicked.

catmman on August 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Dang. Wipeout!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

YEAH BABY!! Cruz ftw! And with a huge lead, too! (and look at the ratio of democrat primary voters to republican primary voters! I love Texas, I really do.)

AndStatistics on July 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

We are all Texans tonight!! What a victory for Texas and the American people!!!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Really?

I mean you love losing seats in both houses every election for some reason?

GW Bush was worse than Carter in his second Term. 20% Approval but you would prefer that.

Well with Mitt you will get just that.

Except it is unlikely that if elected Mitt would leave office in 2016 with even 20% approval.

Listen to your man you claim to like.

He would disagree with you. Sounds to me like he hates Romney.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

You are aware that Bush picked up seats in every election besides his final one, right? Was W. perfect? No. Would any liberal today wish that Obama was as successful as Bush? You bet.

cpaulus on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Ugh,sorry thats bluefox,not(blue:Its Change Baby,hehe!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

There will be consequences…..
Signed, the Rabble

INC on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

INC:Lol,Rouser:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

It’s really a no brainer and the resistance to getting some breathing room and more time just baffles me.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

We have been playing that game for decades and it never gets any better. It always gets worse and you are baffled that some people don’t think its a deal worth making?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I said on a previous thread that sometimes it takes an Obama to take us to the abyss and a Palin to show us there are still honest people out there (say what you will about her, but she is honest).

It’s not 2006 or decades ago. It’s now and we *know* what must be done. Thank Breitbart we’ve also started negating the stranglehold that the LSM has on information.

It’s not going to happen overnight and there will be mistakes and bad apples, but it is possible.

Yes, it is a deal worth making. We finally have some control.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Mark Levin has been on a rant tonight about some vote Congress did at Romney’s request. I have to find out what that was.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

It loolks like Mark is already finding out that “holding Mitt’s feet to the fire” is going to be much more difficult than he thought.

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-slams-house-republicans-for-voting-to-eliminate-senate-confirmation-for-169-presidential-appointments/

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Oh, thanks for that. I just saw that unseen has a post up that is about this also. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.I certainly want to see the votes on this.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM

So Establishment, can you hear us now?

UnderstandingisPower on August 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Dewhurst did far better with the early voters. I think the late barrage (Palin, DeMint, Beck) and the polls hurt Dewhurst.

bw222 on July 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM

While they did nothing to hurt Ted, I would disagree that this is what won things. I think Dewhurst went too far and both amped the Cruz inclined and depressed his own voters. Texans like hard hitting campaigns, but Dewhursts latest ads accused Ted of selling out America to the ChiComs, and that he’s a paid shil of the ChiComs, and the one that really pissed me off implied that Cruz took money to lock up innocent little boys. Then there’s the whole Dan Patrick imbroglio, he lost a lot of respect the last few weeks. Though, honestly, Ted never should have done that interview, Sen Patrick had endorsed the Lt Gov.

There’s a difference between a hard, tough campaign & a dirty one. This one was the latter from Dewhurst, and I think it shot him in the foot, as someone that had to listen to the ads incessantly the last few weeks.

lizzie beth on August 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

It’s not 2006 or decades ago. It’s now and we *know* what must be done. Thank Breitbart we’ve also started negating the stranglehold that the LSM has on information.

If that were true then why is Romney the Republican nominee and why is Obama the incumbent president?

Yes, it is a deal worth making. We finally have some control.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Really?

Mark Levin was livid when he read that House Republicans had voted to eliminate the Senate confirmation process for the reported number of 169 presidential appointments. And the explanation he got from a couple of sources was that Romney had told Republicans to vote for it, so they did.

You don’t have control of Romney, Boehner, or the GOP, that’s the illusion! What have they delivered that demonstrates this control you speak of?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Don’t listen to the pundits on FNC.

John Bonehead will most likely lost Speaker in the next Congress if Mitt loses as he most likely will.

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-slams-house-republicans-for-voting-to-eliminate-senate-confirmation-for-169-presidential-appointments/

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:32 AM

I discriminate, Steveangell. Boehner needs to go regardless of whether Romney wins or not. The problem is we have too many Democrats wearing Republican jackets. Voting them out is the answer.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Otay peeps,OOOOORAAAAA Texas!

Nite All…talk tommorrow—————–:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Ugh,sorry thats bluefox,not(blue:Its Change Baby,hehe!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Good thing it wasn’t for “blue”, because I took it, LOL

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:57 AM

So Establishment, can you hear us now?

UnderstandingisPower on August 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Nope, cuz they aren’t listening.

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Kudos to bluefox for some superb posts.

Really well done.

SparkPlug on August 1, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I discriminate, Steveangell. Boehner needs to go regardless of whether Romney wins or not. The problem is we have too many Democrats wearing Republican jackets. Voting them out is the answer.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Our next goal is to get Boehner out and West in as speaker….then it won’t matter who the heck the President is.

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

If that were true then why is Romney the Republican nominee and why is Obama the incumbent president?

Yes, it is a deal worth making. We finally have some control.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Really?

Mark Levin was livid when he read that House Republicans had voted to eliminate the Senate confirmation process for the reported number of 169 presidential appointments. And the explanation he got from a couple of sources was that Romney had told Republicans to vote for it, so they did.

You don’t have control of Romney, Boehner, or the GOP, that’s the illusion! What have they delivered that demonstrates this control you speak of?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

You know, you and your Chicken Little buddies are really tiresome.

You know full well by control I meant that we are getting a voice and control over who we send into government. It isn’t just ONLY whoever the establishment hoists on us like in the past.

Is it perfect? NO. It just started in 2010 FFS. Give it a little time and enjoy the fact that it IS starting.

But no. That isn’t good enough. You want it yesterday, yet I see no viable plan or alternative from you or your Chicken Little friends. Maybe you should seek out that guy who spams us with the Gary Johnson ads. That’s a winner.

So then just get the F out of the way and rend your garments in the corner and let the rest of us do the heavy lifting and work.

Thanks.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Slick Willie announces Hilary as Obama’s new VP at the convention.
Romney picks some worthless non-entity that makes him feel better about himself.
….Who do you think will win?

Rubio for the win.

AmeriCuda on August 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Otay peeps,OOOOORAAAAA Texas!

Nite All…talk tommorrow—————–:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:56 AM

‘nite & thanks for your info. I’m watching Palin on Greta’s rerun!!

Go Sarah!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:04 AM

You are aware that Bush picked up seats in every election besides his final one, right? Was W. perfect? No. Would any liberal today wish that Obama was as successful as Bush? You bet.

cpaulus on August 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Sometimes Mitt Bots think people will believe any lie.

Idiot. Nancy Poloski became Speaker in 2007 election Dem Blowout in 2006.

Right GW Bush was the worse president for his party at least since Carter perhaps for far longer than that.

How can you try to defend him. He is indefensible. Utter disaster when he went Establishment in Second Term. Every one hated him when he left office. Why he will not be speaking ever again at a Convention.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:06 AM

You know full well by control I meant that we are getting a voice and control over who we send into government. It isn’t just ONLY whoever the establishment hoists on us like in the past.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

And how does that translate into supporting Romney when he’s part of the problem? You are pounding the drum for the exact same people who pushed big government solutions for decades and you actually think that’s a win?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 1:08 AM

If I had a son, he would look like Ted Cruz.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

on a somewhat related note, LaTourette (R-OH) is retiring. He is considered to be a ‘moderate’ however the one time i saw him was with a bunch of municiple transportation people, along with Earl Baumgartner (sp) D-OR (the one with the bowtie)

LaTourette was indistinguishable form the Dim-OR. Seriously, the Dim got up and said..well, i agree with everything that Steve said.

http://fox8.com/2012/07/31/ohio-rep-steve-latourette-announces-retirement/

one, rino down…hopefully the district will get someone at least a little more conservative

r keller on August 1, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I discriminate, Steveangell. Boehner needs to go regardless of whether Romney wins or not. The problem is we have too many Democrats wearing Republican jackets. Voting them out is the answer.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Our next goal is to get Boehner out and West in as speaker….then it won’t matter who the heck the President is.

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Of course he is horrible.

But Mitt wins he will stay. Got to have party unity.

Like today Mitt got the Republicans to give Obama fiat over the appointments of 169 that should have had to have confirmations. This and he is giving Obama a budget extension and spending limit increase because Mitt told him to.

Heck Mitt is not even President and he is already destroying the Nation faster than Obama could.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:11 AM

So Establishment, can you hear us now?

UnderstandingisPower on August 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Nope, cuz they aren’t listening.

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:57 AM

It looks like it with that House vote. I still can’t wrap my head around how the House can dictate to the Senate what the Senate can do or not do. Have to read more.

Oh, the Congress members think they are invincible, tencole. Some learn by taking good advice and others have to learn from experience; and experience is a hard teacher; i.e. Cruz:-)

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

All but one of my candidates won their runoff elections. I’m still trying to get the precinct chair results for my precinct chair. All in all, a good night. With all the negative ads Darth Dewhurst ran, he deserved to get his a** whupped.

golfer1 on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

And how does that translate into supporting Romney when he’s part of the problem? You are pounding the drum for the exact same people who pushed big government solutions for decades and you actually think that’s a win?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Do you only read one sentence of my posts and ignore the rest? It seems that way as I’ve stated the answer to that on many threads on different days, including this very thread.

And, actually, the very post that you initially responded to.

Geez.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

It’s just such a shame that Gov. Palin’s endorsement cost Cruz his chance at being elected to the Senate. Maybe now everyone will agree that Palin is completely radioactive and a bad choice to include in ANY campaign business, such as a convention.

/s

Vice President Cheney to the white courtesy phone, please.

Freelancer on August 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Excellent.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I want everyone I choose to employ to be a success and my team endeavor to help them become one.

But its always a gamble and frankly I am a little disappointed that some of you seem to be hero worshiping someone we pay to perform a job for us. (For the hard of learning that will be our boy Cruz).

Cruz and the rest are our employees. By all means show them respect – but stop worshiping them as the next great hope and for goodness sake stop implying that millions of Texans are so stupid as to follow Palin straight into the Valley of Death just because…of what? She’s some kind of conservative savior?

Heck, I am fond of the woman but y’all need to take a step back and get a grip.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Kudos to bluefox for some superb posts.

Really well done.

SparkPlug on August 1, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Thank you, nice of you to say.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:16 AM

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Our next goal is to get Boehner out and West in as speaker….then it won’t matter who the heck the President is.

tencole on August 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Oh, yeah!! Did you see where Levin wants Walker as Speaker?

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Good for tejas…

Gohawgs on August 1, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Hell yeah!!!

molonlabe28 on August 1, 2012 at 1:18 AM

It looks like it with that House vote. I still can’t wrap my head around how the House can dictate to the Senate what the Senate can do or not do. Have to read more.

Oh, the Congress members think they are invincible, tencole. Some learn by taking good advice and others have to learn from experience; and experience is a hard teacher; i.e. Cruz:-)

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Bills have to pass both Houses.

Senate passed it first.

History originally the President appointed almost every one in Government even Post Masters.

Since then the number appointed has gone down and down. The President should not appoint everyone that simply does not work. But now it is just getting stupid. Far too few are appointed. The Senate also made it easier to appoint over 200 more.

This is how a Constitutional Republic becomes a Dictatorship.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:19 AM

If I had a son, he would look like Ted Cruz.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

LOL

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Heck, I am fond of the woman but y’all need to take a step back and get a grip.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 1:16 AM

We have a firm grip thank you very much.

Mitt will not win. Obama will win because Mitt would further the Establishment. We hate the Establishment. They sold us down the river in 2004 – 2006. We will not forget them giving us Speaker Nancy Poloski have to pass it to read it.

Now Mitt is already cramming crap down our throats and not even President.

We do not have to wait.

Mitt is the enemy he is no friend.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Dewhurst spent, if you can believe it, $25 million on the race, including more than $16 million of his own money.

A Lieutenant Governor who can spend “more than $16 million of his own money.”

Aside from the fact that I’ll be voting for Romney this fall…

What the hell could be sooooooo good about staying in politics, in “public service” as Ed likes to say, that someone would spend “more than $16 million of his own money” to stay there?

Say, how about another proposal, that doesn’t take any more taxpayer dollars…

If Dewhurst wants to blow more of his money, and stimulate the economy, how about sending me a check for $150,000 to pay for my medical school loans? Then I can plow more of my hard earned money into buying, well, stuff!

Its a win win people! No federal taxpayer bailout! Just the generous investment of a multimillionaire to stimulate the economy!

Wealthy politicians with nothing better to do with their money, than to spend “more than $16 million of his own money” on a political campaign to get elected?

Is the return that great on the Federal level that he’d be making that money back? Or rather, perhaps he can unshackle about 100 medical school graduates to unleash their spending power to stimulate this crappy economy…

How ’bout dem apples?

(sarc)

Danny on August 1, 2012 at 1:27 AM

But Mitt wins he will stay. Got to have party unity.

Like today Mitt got the Republicans to give Obama fiat over the appointments of 169 that should have had to have confirmations. This and he is giving Obama a budget extension and spending limit increase because Mitt told him to.

Heck Mitt is not even President and he is already destroying the Nation faster than Obama could.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:11 AM

I’ll disagree on Boehner staying regardless of Mitt. I’m not making any judgement yet on that “Mitt told me to do it” until I read about it. So now who is saying that Mitt is telling Boehner to do anything? I smell a rat here somewhere. Boehner didn’t need Mitt when he gave Reid/McConnell/Obama everything they wanted before; why is Mitt being used now? No, something isn’t making any sense.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

We have a firm grip thank you very much.

I was not referencing your johnson.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Nothing wrong with saying it. Let’s see what he does when there is a majority in the senate and congress and they send him something to sign.

And, actually, the very post that you initially responded to.

kim roy on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

And we have posted Romney telling the Republicans to give Obama a free hand in his appointments. You ignored that because it doesn’t feed your fantasy. Your theory that the GOP will be fierce lions and send Romney anything remotely conservative is laughable. This is Boehner and Mitch McConnell we are talking about here. They are NOT going to hold Romney’s feet to the fire.

Mark Levin was livid when he read that House Republicans had voted to eliminate the Senate confirmation process for the reported number of 169 presidential appointments. And the explanation he got from a couple of sources was that Romney had told Republicans to vote for it, so they did.

Romney had told Republicans to vote for it, so they did

This is the reality you don’t want to face.

“CBO: Budget deal cuts this fiscal year’s deficit by just $352 million, not $38 billion touted“)

This guy is going to send Romney something of substance to sign?

sharrukin on August 1, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Yes! Yes!

Dunedainn on August 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM

All but one of my candidates won their runoff elections. I’m still trying to get the precinct chair results for my precinct chair. All in all, a good night. With all the negative ads Darth Dewhurst ran, he deserved to get his a** whupped.

golfer1 on August 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I’m sure there were many other seats up, but Cruz’s was the most popular outside of Texas. I hope all of the ones that won were Conservatives or at least more that way.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Dewhurst spent, if you can believe it, $25 million on the race, including more than $16 million of his own money.

If he had spent 25 million attacking Obama instead of the Tea Party he would have won. He did not do either.

Marcus on August 1, 2012 at 1:36 AM

That sounds like a critique of tea-party power but it really isn’t. The claim isn’t that tea partiers aren’t driving this; of course they are.

And of course, if Cruz lost, it would have been hailed as “The End of the Tea Party influence.”

itsspideyman on August 1, 2012 at 1:37 AM

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM

You might be thinking of his critcism of the TEA Party. Ole Steve takes appropriating money very seriously. In fact, he excels at it, when allowed.

http://www.progressohio.org/blog/2012/07/moderate-republican-steve-latourette-blames-extreme-tea-party-wing-of-republican-party-for-departure.html

His retirement is a GOOD thing!

kakypat on July 31, 2012 at 11:13 PM

It could have been that, but I’ll need to look at my notes. All I can recall is that I didn’t care for him:-) There is a reason, I’ve just forgotten it. If it was the TP, they by all means, goodby and good riddance. (I’m having an issue with my wireless mouse!)

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:38 AM

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

I linked to it twice.

Well now three times.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Gettin’ close to 1000 comments. Congratulations everyone! Viva Cruz! Viva Humpbot! Happy New Year!

sparkle motion on August 1, 2012 at 1:43 AM

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM

As I said on Levin’s FB page-it’s awesome finally living in a state where my vote actually matters!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Sorry I’m late. Out of sync as I went to the next page for some reason, LOL

It’s a great feeling when the person you voted for wins, for sure!
In this year’s primary, I lost 3 or 4 and won the rest. I hope we all win in Nov!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:44 AM

She basically pulled the rug out from under him as she smiled.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I watched the re-run. I thot she made a great speech there. Greta said on her site she was going to post the numbers before McCain suspended his campaign and after. I think I got that right.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Thanks Gov Sarah Palin and Sen Jim Demint for giving us the right persons to do the job of cleaning the DC!

Congratulations to Ted Cruz!

TheAlamos on August 1, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Oops … Congratulations to Senator Ted Cruz!

Team time all the time!

TheAlamos on August 1, 2012 at 1:50 AM

If any of you others here responded to this post by Madison’, I missed it.
.

Palin is clearly as irrelevant as the Tea Party.

MadisonConservative on July 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM

.
That’s the true “Quote Of The Day”, right there.

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 2:04 AM

May God bless and preserve the Great State of Texas… may this vote portend what is to come nationally this November.

E-R (a Buckeye)

electric-rascal on July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

I hope and pray so too. Hey, let’s push for Josh Mandel and defeat Senator Sherrod Brown!!

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Precincts Reported…….100.00%
Ted Cruz…………..628,336..56.80%
David Dewhurst..477,888..43.19%

scrubjay on August 1, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Precincts Reported…….100.00%
Ted Cruz…………..628,336..56.80%
David Dewhurst..477,888..43.19%

scrubjay on August 1, 2012 at 2:07 AM

This is a blow out.

John Bonehead sure must be upset.

His Speakership is in serious trouble.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 2:10 AM

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Yes, all my candidates were conservative. The one that lost also lost to a fairly conservative fellow, so it was not a complete disappointment. All in all, a good night.

golfer1 on August 1, 2012 at 2:19 AM

“Tonight we sent a message that should shake Obama’s Chicago headquarters: Texas not only is going to be staying a red state, but the tea party is alive and ready to own 2012,” Kremer concluded.

Green eyed Lady on August 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Kremer is a tireless worker. She was on Hannity’s radio show today promoting Cruz again.

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Rick Perry worried about 2014 with this loss.

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 2:21 AM

By the way, since it is now August 1st, I will celebrate Cruz’ victory by having lunch at Chick-Fil-A today. :)

golfer1 on August 1, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Dang! I missed the 1000+ thread?

BlaxPac on August 1, 2012 at 2:26 AM

A free clue for the poor confused souls (hint: some call them pundits or journalists) who continue to recite the obituary of the Tea Party and Governor Palin:

There is no Tea Party and Governor Palin isn’t its leader.

They just don’t get it. They wish there was a Tea Party so they could label it, fold, spindle and mutilate it, and talking-head it out of existence. But, they can’t. Because it doesn’t exist. The Tea Party is not a party at all — it’s a movement of like-minded patriots.

Americans who believe, fiercely, in their Constitution and the personal freedoms it guarantees. Americans who believe that the functions of government are vital but limited. Americans who believe in personal responsibility, opportunity for all, and hard work.

It’s a movement. And yes, Sarah Palin is often found at its head, marching into battle, not because she was anointed by the leaders of some party, Tea Party or otherwise, but simply because that’s who she is.

That’s what a Grizzly does when the cub she’s protecting is her nation.

IndieDogg on August 1, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Heck, I am fond of the woman but y’all need to take a step back and get a grip.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Tell me before Palin came on the scene, who was speaking for the Conservatives???????

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 2:33 AM

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