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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As I said in another thread, how many of us wouldn’t know a thing about Cruz without Palin’s endorsement of him? Think about it.

ddrintn

As I said in that thread, most of us would have, except for those who get their news exclusively from Jim Jones Central the Cult of Palin.

Any other politican would get on and say it was all about them. Palin will not.

unseen

Lie much? Or just freakin’ delusional perhaps? I have never heard an endorser claim it was all about them and say they were responsible for someone elses victory. She’ll do what everyone does, and rightfully so.

xblade on July 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM

From tonights Greta…Sarah Palin?!

An Angry Sarah Palin Responds To Dick Cheney: He Is Buying Into ‘Lamestream Media’ Spin
video
10:32 pm, July 31st, 2012
**************************

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/an-angry-sarah-palin-responds-to-dick-cheney-he-is-buying-into-lamestream-media-spin/

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Half of the Texas GOP politicians were gearing up campaigns to run for Lt Gov, assuming he’d be moving onto the senate. Now all their plans are blown, or postponed. This is a really big shakeup.

juliesa on July 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I think Cruz will win, but I’d bet the margin is closer to four or five points than nine or 10.

Heh

Lord Nazh on July 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The LONE STAR is SHINING like a FREEDOM Beacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Yippeee. Wave the flag.

That’s better than a flaming skull.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Yes it is canopfor!!

SparkPlug, that is an awesome Flag for what it represents. I have another one, but it’s on my Desktop PC.

Such an awesome win for Texas and our Country, I’m so so delighted!! Just like 4th of July:-)

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM

It was the dirty campaign Dewhurst ran that hurt him the most, imo.

kg598301 on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Exactly. Cruz conducted himself with class while DD played dirty pool.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2012 at 10:56 PM

That was one of the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of slimy slur campaigns. I hope it becomes a textbook case for what not to do for other campaigns, going forward. It was hard to stomach.

kg598301 on July 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM

FYI, elites, Texas just got redder. Blood red.

TXUS on July 31, 2012 at 11:13 PM

There is something about his voting record that I can’t recall right now, but he was criticized for it. That’s all I remember.

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

Wentworth is gone, too.

That one’s more indicative of the raw TP power. SP didn’t endorse and Cambell won by a lot.

TexasDan on July 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Alternate headline:

Quitting cures LaTourette’s Syndrome

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Hahahahahahaha!

Excellent…………….as always! ;o)

kakypat on July 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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

This is a really big shakeup.

juliesa on July 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Nah, Greg Abbott got messed over though. It also saved a big battle in the Texas senate between the right and moderate + dem coalition. The big loser there is John Carona, thankfully.

A lot will shake out when president elect Romney starts filling his cabinet. Then we will start to find out about Texas 2014.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I feel sorry for the Texas state senators that wrote a letter defending Dewhurst. They couldn’t be their own men but decided to follow the money.

Pitchforker

They’re amnesty shills like Dewhurst. It’s no wonder they backed him.

xblade on July 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM

We need to take what we have done in Texas, Indiana and Nebraska this year and in Utah, Kentucky, New Mexico and Georgia in 2010 and take it national in 2014.

Good bye Goober Graham!!!

bw222 on July 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Yes it is canopfor!!

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM

bluefox:—:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM

FYI, elites, Texas just got redder. Blood red.

TXUS on July 31, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Good deal. Congrats!

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Details for us without a TV.
JPeterman on July 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I had to leave for a bit. I saw this a few minutes ago and I haven’t caught up to see if anyone answered you. This is the gist.

She was generally being nice to the GOP. She expressed her gratitude for being chosen as the nominee.

Then she gradually began to lower the boom.

SP said Cheney made the mistake of believing everything the media had said about her the past few years. She then stated it would have been a mistake if when asked to run as Veep she had decided she’d rather stay in Alaska where she had…—and this is where it became good, because she then started citing all the things she had been doing as governor, beginning with her high approval rating as governor, and going on to taking on unethical practices, energy, etc. She went on in this strain for several minutes so that she was able to rebut Cheney (&others) while at the same time not being belligerent or calling them out in a hostile fashion.

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

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Chik-fil-a at the Cruz victory party! I like the cut of this man’s jib, already.

TitularHead on July 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Lie much? Or just freakin’ delusional perhaps? I have never heard an endorser claim it was all about them and say they were responsible for someone elses victory. She’ll do what everyone does, and rightfully so.

xblade on July 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Look, it’s another Romney advisor…LOL

idesign on July 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Side Note: Put away your Library Cards!

Judge rules against Memphis, Tennessee, request to use photo library cards for voting – @memphisnews

3 hours ago from http://www.commercialappeal.com by editor

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

This is getting out of hand. This issue needs to be fast tracked to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Constitution says Citizens are allowed to vote and if it can’t be determined that a person is a Citizen, then how is it to be proved?

Thanks for keeping us up to date!!

Grrrrrrrr!

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM

It was the dirty campaign Dewhurst ran that hurt him the most, imo.

kg598301 on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I would agree. Sen Dan Patrick also lost a lot of respect allowing himself to be used by the Dewhurst campaign in a very sleazy way. Every time I heard a Dewhurst ad lately my stomach would turn.

This isn’t going to be close. The Dems are barely contesting the seat, have any of them even heard of Paul Sadler? It’s not like the last few cycles, not just talking Senate, but they’ve tried the big city mayors, they’ve tried rich Hispanic businessmen, and they still lose. I think they didn’t think this was going to ever be winnable so they didn’t get anyone decent to run for it after Gen Sanchez dropped out. They keep waiting for the demographics to change the bottom line voting stats, but they keep forgetting that substantial amounts of Hispanics vote R in Texas.

lizzie beth on July 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Tea party Republican Ted Cruz wins Texas Senate primary

Tea-party-backed Ted Cruz beats establishment candidate David Dewhurst in Texas’ costly Republican Senate primary runoff. The victory could bolster the conservative movement’s influence in Washington.
July 31, 2012, 7:59 p.m.
************************

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-senate-texas-20120801,0,4846333.story

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Look, it’s another Romney advisor…LOL

idesign on July 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

So what good does keeping the House and taking the Senate do if we still have President Kardashian?

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

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

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Good. I hope these types of attacks from the Rino wing don’t escalate after the Cruz victory.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Dummy in Chief was ‘right’ again.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 11:23 PM

The media covering themselves in glory once again. /

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Ha ha. You’ve got to be right. I’d forgotten about that!

Right INC. And one of Elizabeth Warren’s ancestors dressed up like an Indian.

bw222 on July 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM

LOL She would have been reporting on Sam Adams to the British.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:23 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

Glad for you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Look, it’s another Romney advisor…LOL

idesign on July 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

So what good does keeping the House and taking the Senate do if we still have President Kardashian?

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

She is one of the idiot ABR nutballs who hasn’t decided who would be a better choice in November.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Sarah Palin · 3,455,295 like this
about an hour ago ·

Congratulations to Ted Cruz! This is a victory both for Ted and for the grassroots Tea Party movement. This primary race has always been about the kind of leadership we need in D.C. Our goal is not just about changing the majority in the Senate. It is about the kind of leadership we want. Ted Cruz represents the kind of strong conservative leadership we want in D.C. Go-along to get-along career politicians who hew the path of least resistance are no longer acceptable at a time when our country is drowning in debt and our children’s futures are at stake. The message of this race couldn’t be clearer for the political establishment: the Tea Party is alive and well and we will not settle for business as usual. Now, it’s on to November!

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151084520633588

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Cruz certainly won a convincing victory among Republicans–current percentages are about 56-44.

But total turnout so far is less than a million votes out of over 13 million registered voters, with 78% of precincts counted. On a proportional basis, we could expect a total turnout of 1.24 million votes, or only 9.5% of registered voters.

Granted, many of the registered voters are Democrats or Indies and wouldn’t vote in a Republican primary runoff anyway. But if 50% of RV’s (6.5 million) turn out for the general election, Cruz would need about 3.3 million votes to win.

Can Cruz, as the “outsider” Tea Party candidate, reach out and unite all Republicans around him (including those who didn’t vote today) plus enough Indies to total 3.3 million votes in November?

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Now we will have a chance to see how Cruz behaves when the pressure is off.

I remember people here going absolutely nuts over Scott Brown, sending him money, and then whining bitterly when he turned out to be what he is.

Trust but verify.

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Brown never disappointed me, because he didn’t run as a conservative. He ran as an anti-Obamacare candidate, and he delivered by voting against the bill. Everything else was secondary. If Pelosi hadn’t at that point rammed the bill through with bribes, threats and new rules, it wouldn’t have passed.

Brown is Brown and Cruz is Cruz. You can’t compare the two.

Burke on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Don’t y’all go holdin’ hands in the shower yet. Ted still has to win this thing, and while I voted for him and will support him, the Democrat Election Stealing Apparatus is not yet in place. Texas needs to go out big to support Ted.

john1schn on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Video: Governor Palin with Greta – July 31, 2012
31 July 2012 18:43
******************

Sarah Palin appeared with Greta Van Susteren “On The Record” Tuesday night. The former Alaska governor and the host discussed the come-from-behind victory by Ted Cruz in today’s Texas GOP primary runoff election for the U.S. Senate and the upcoming Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:

http://sarahnet.net/sarahnet-news/7094-video-governor-palin-with-greta-july-31-2012.html

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

This is big. I love my country state of Texas. This just makes me that much more unbearably prouder!

cartooner on July 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

It was the dirty campaign Dewhurst ran that hurt him the most, imo.

kg598301 on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

but but that is the game plan for the establishment on how to win agains tthe tea party. Murkowski, McCain etc. Smear slander, slur all conservatives all the time. Hell look at what Mitt did to Newt in FL after Sc and what Mitt did to Santourum. Never thought I would see a gop candidate say a catholic was part of a “cult”. That is always their answer when they start to lose. go negative. sadly it works more times then it doesn’t. this will simply make the establsihment go more negative on the TEa party imo. we shall see.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

from tonights Greta…Sarah Palin?!

An Angry Sarah Palin Responds To Dick Cheney: He Is Buying Into ‘Lamestream Media’ Spin
video
10:32 pm, July 31st, 2012
**************************

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/an-angry-sarah-palin-responds-to-dick-cheney-he-is-buying-into-lamestream-media-spin/

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I watched that and Palin showed no anger whatsoever. I was waiting for her to say, “bless his heart”, but she didn’t.

NoNails on July 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Hello friend!..Good to see you..Hope all is well!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I think people are just cleaning house, they want new blood.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I don’t recall Dick Cheney doing anything to help get Cruz elected..just sayin…

shar61 on July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

bluefox:YES,with a SarahCudian *Wink*,U-Betcha—–:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Contrary to other opinions, when Sarah speaks, people listen…
and VOTE!

I think many fail to understand that these Candidates petition Sarah for her endorsement and campaign help, not vice-versa.
She is very selective in endorsing also. Not everyone that asks receives:-)

Ted Cruz did contact her and I understand he also asked her to come to Texas last Friday.

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Well, from what I saw she didn’t come across as angry. I’m sure she was, or had been, angry (I bet she and Todd have some interesting talks!), but her demeanor wasn’t hostile, and she was in control and smiled as she slipped in the verbal knife. I did miss the part where Greta was asking about Condi.

People can watch the video you linked to and decide.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM

People want non-RINOs.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

She is one of the idiot ABR nutballs who hasn’t decided who would be a better choice in November.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Yeah I’ve argued with idesign before, didn’t know they were a she.

I was on the side of idesign,unseen, shakkurin, and others hoping Sarah would run but she didn’t.

The bottom line is we need Obama out!!

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Glad for you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Dire Straits:Ahoy Dire,long time no see,how are ya..*Waves*:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Can Cruz, as the “outsider” Tea Party candidate, reach out and unite all Republicans around him (including those who didn’t vote today) plus enough Indies to total 3.3 million votes in November?

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

That goes both ways. The rep/dem turn out is running about 5/1 rep. And this is the best chance the dems have for several years to pick off a Texas senate seat.

The numbers are up for a run off election and right of center Texans are chomping at the bit to vote. Left of center, not so much.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

It was the dirty campaign Dewhurst ran that hurt him the most, imo.

kg598301 on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I agree. Voters are sick and tired of lies and distortions. We have more than enough of that in Congress & the White House now.

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Talk Palin all you want, she deserve some credit for helping Ted.

But this is from January.

http://cdn.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/25/breitbart-cruz.jpg

cpaulus on July 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Don’t y’all go holdin’ hands in the shower yet. Ted still has to win this thing, and while I voted for him and will support him, the Democrat Election Stealing Apparatus is not yet in place. Texas needs to go out big to support Ted.

john1schn on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

If Cruz can’t win the General in Texas then there’s some major problems!

I wouldn’t worry about that.

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Can Cruz, as the “outsider” Tea Party candidate, reach out and unite all Republicans around him (including those who didn’t vote today) plus enough Indies to total 3.3 million votes in November?

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

you just described every primary. Mitt won the nomination with only 9.6 million votes cast for him. in 2008 the general election had about 120 million votes. Or in other words Mitt got less than10% of the general vote his challengers got about 920,000 less votes. the fact of the matter is most people don’t vote in a primary or runoff election and only about 50% of the people come out for the general. In cases with low turnouot its more about % then it is total numbers. Cruz won a landslide victory tonight if the % hold up. Mitt just barely squeaked by. Cruz is in much better shape to win his general than Mitt is to win his from their results in their respective primaries.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

bluefox:YES,with a SarahCudian *Wink*,U-Betcha—–:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Contrary to other opinions, when Sarah speaks, people listen…
and VOTE!

I think many fail to understand that these Candidates petition Sarah for her endorsement and campaign help, not vice-versa.
She is very selective in endorsing also. Not everyone that asks receives:-)

Ted Cruz did contact her and I understand he also asked her to come to Texas last Friday.

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Thanks for the scoop bluefox. Good post.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

but but that is the game plan for the establishment on how to win agains tthe tea party. Murkowski, McCain etc. Smear slander, slur all conservatives all the time. Hell look at what Mitt did to Newt in FL after Sc and what Mitt did to Santourum. Never thought I would see a gop candidate say a catholic was part of a “cult”. That is always their answer when they start to lose. go negative. sadly it works more times then it doesn’t. this will simply make the establsihment go more negative on the TEa party imo. we shall see.

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

I was waiting for her to say, “bless his heart”, but she didn’t.

NoNails on July 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

That thought had occurred to me!

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

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

Now attack.

Do not let up, when your in a bar fight with people who do intend to kill you if they win, kick the sob’s while they are down.

Make it hurt, make them wish the hell they had never f’d with you and your constitution.

Stay on course, facts are all that count.

The ones who caused this are watching tonight, they think it is just one more moment in time and they will be back to spending our lives via tax and spend wasteing, but if we of the U.S. “us” stand our ground and fight like our lives depend on it ,we will win.

No let up, more Ted Cruz’s from all 50 states and keep it coming.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Can Cruz, as the “outsider” Tea Party candidate, reach out and unite all Republicans around him (including those who didn’t vote today) plus enough Indies to total 3.3 million votes in November?

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Cruz isn’t an “outsider.” He just wasn’t the Establishment’s pick. He’ll win his Senate seat by 10-15.

cpaulus on July 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

idesign on July 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Look, it’s the worlds biggest Palin sideshow freak. Have you bought her toe nail clippings on E-bay yet?

You-Eh-Vee on July 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I think people are just cleaning house, they want new blood.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Weeding out the squishes.

AllahsNippleHair on July 31, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Never thought I would see a gop candidate say a catholic was part of a “cult”.

This is especially ridiculous.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:36 PM

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/elections/local/results?g=all

Right now ABC has it 57% / 43%.

That’s quite a difference. I wonder what the final will be.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I should have clicked on your blue name a long time ago but a lot of people have blue names.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM

…(I’ve tried a few in the past and ended up back here)…thanks now I’ll try it more often!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM

So what good does keeping the House and taking the Senate do if we still have President Kardashian?

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM

GRIDLOCK.

Her eis a ? for you what good did it do for the country to have the WH, HOuse and SENATe in GOP control from 200-2006? $5 trillion in debt?

Gridlock is better for our freedoms then any party having full control of the govenrment. 2000-2006 for the gOP taught us that and 2008-1020 for the dems taught us that. Giving one party full control mkaes them stupid or somthing. 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

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

Twerp, had you not left Illinois, you might never have voted for a winning statewide politician in your lifetime. I cannoy believe how Illinois has changed since I left (1991).

bw222 on July 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM

People want non-RINOs.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

SparkPlug:)

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Conservatives work to cull moderate Republicans
Jul 30, 2012 12:37 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2012 5:26 PM EDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Frustrated by their inability to achieve some policy goals, conservatives in Republican states are turning against moderate members of their own party, trying to drive them out of state legislatures to clear the way for reshaping government across a wide swath of mid-America controlled by the GOP.

Political groups are helping finance the efforts by supporting primary election challenges targeting several dozen moderate Republicans in the Midwest and South, especially prominent lawmakers who run key state committees.

Two years after Republicans swept into power in many state capitols, the challengers say it’s time to adopt more conservative policies.

“If you don’t believe in that playbook, then why are you on the team?” declared Greg Smith, a Kansas state representative who’s running for the state Senate, with the goal of making it more conservative.

The push is most intense in Kansas, where conservatives are attempting to replace a dozen moderate Republican senators who bucked new Gov. Sam Brownback’s move to slash state income taxes.

The Club for Growth, a major conservative interest group, is spending about $500,000 in Missouri this year. That’s double the amount it invested two years ago. The anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity opened new chapters in Iowa, Minnesota and New Mexico. The conservative business group Texans for Lawsuit Reform spent $3.5 million on legislative candidates in the first half of 2012, more than double its total during the same period two years ago.

The primary strife reflects differences that were somewhat concealed in the party’s triumphant victories in 2010, when, aided by public discontent about the economy, the GOP won its broadest control of state government since the Great Depression. After the vote, Republicans held governorships in 29 states and control of most of the legislatures from Michigan to Texas.(More….)
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http://www.ktul.com/story/19147529/conservatives-work-to-cull-moderate-republicans

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Mitt anti-establishment? you are freaking nuts.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM

That’s quite a difference. I wonder what the final will be.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM

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

I had gotten used to hanging up on the ga-billion robocalls. But this past weekend an actual human being rang me. She asked if I was planning to vote for Mr. Dewhurst. “I’d rather not say,” I answered. She then ticked off this whole list (and also ticked off me) about Mr. Cruz’s venality til it nearly sounded like he was planning to sell all of our highway projects to the Chinese, and send illegals over to sleep on my porch.

Holy hyperbole, Batman! There were no evil persons in this race, so it is a shame that politics today means your opponent is not just ill-advised or flat wrong, but eeee-vil.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM

GRIDLOCK.

Her eis a ? for you what good did it do for the country to have the WH, HOuse and SENATe in GOP control from 200-2006? $5 trillion in debt?

Gridlock is better for our freedoms then any party having full control of the govenrment. 2000-2006 for the gOP taught us that and 2008-1020 for the dems taught us that. Giving one party full control mkaes them stupid or somthing. 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

Obama has and will continue to abuse his power. Look at the czars and the bureacracy. It’ll only get a million times worse.

GOP moderates are not nearly as bad as radical socialists.

That’s why hardly any GOP congressman voted for the stimulus. I think even Collins and Snowe might have voted no.

That’s why NO ONE in the GOP voted for obamacare.

See the difference?

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

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Well, from what I saw she didn’t come across as angry. I’m sure she was, or had been, angry (I bet she and Todd have some interesting talks!), but her demeanor wasn’t hostile, and she was in control and smiled as she slipped in the verbal knife. I did miss the part where Greta was asking about Condi.

People can watch the video you linked to and decide.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

INC:

I agree with you,as she stated,a “False narrative”,and when one’s
defending your credibility,to other people,she might sound angry,
but,I didn’t see it either!:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I live in one of the best places on earth TEXAS baby! Go Ted!

neyney on July 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM

juliesa on July 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Nice to hear the voters were aware of Wentworth. That is a bit unusual.

I’m surprised your gun group endorsed Dewhurst tho, considering Cruz’s stance on 2nd Amendment.

“Cruz has authored more than eighty briefs before the United States Supreme Court and presented forty-three oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court.
In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of thirty-one states in defense of the principle that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

This is from a commenter on Breitbart. I had the link for the same info, but I’ll need to find the thread I posted it on, LOL sorry.

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Hello friend!..Good to see you..Hope all is well!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Dire Straits:And to you,everything is Excellent:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM

If Cruz can’t win the General in Texas then there’s some major problems!

I wouldn’t worry about that.

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I’m just sayin’—weird things happen in elections in TX.

john1schn on July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The media loves them some false narrative headlines.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Senate Primary:
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Watch Ted Cruz’s amazing victory speech
July 31st, 2012
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VIDEO..(11:25)

http://www.therightscoop.com/senate-primary-watch-ted-cruzs-amazing-victory-speech/

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I’m just sayin’—weird things happen in elections in TX.

john1schn on July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Not since 1960, and LBJ is gone.

Illinois is still the same though.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

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

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

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The media loves them some false narrative headlines.

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

INC:Exactly,ahem,normally, Blog traffic trickery!:)

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Obama has and will continue to abuse his power. Look at the czars and the bureacracy. It’ll only get a million times worse.

GOP moderates are not nearly as bad as radical socialists.

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. Levin wonders if we are already going back to the days of George W. Bush when House and Senate members voted a certain way to support the president instead of the Constitution.

That’s why hardly any GOP congressman voted for the stimulus. I think even Collins and Snowe might have voted no.
That’s why NO ONE in the GOP voted for obamacare.

Yeah the differecne wa sa democrate POTUS pushed those things. If say a GOP POTUS pushed a stimulus the GOP would be falling all over themselves to vote for it. I don’t know like this:

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110-185, 122 Stat. 613, enacted February 13, 2008) was an Act of Congress providing for several kinds of economic stimuli intended to boost the United States economy in 2008 and to avert a recession, or ameliorate economic conditions. The stimulus package was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 29, 2008, and in a slightly different version by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2008. The Senate version was then approved in the House the same day.[1] It was signed into law on February 13, 2008 by President Bush with the support of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. The law provides for tax rebates to low- and middle-income U.S. taxpayers, tax incentives to stimulate business investment, and an increase in the limits imposed on mortgages eligible for purchase by government-sponsored enterprises (e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). The total cost of this bill was projected at $152 billion for 2008.[2]

See the difference?

You don’t seem to see the difference. Obamacare and Obama’s stimulus votes were done becaus eof politics nothing more nothing less. It was political advantage for the GOP to be againt both. So they were. If a Mitt Romney pushes a $trillion dollar stimulus u can be damn sure every GOP member will vote for it or suffer political payback by Congressional leadership for years to come.

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

maybe. Depends on the leadership of Congress not the makeup of Congress. Conservatives need to take the leadership positions away form the moderates in the house and Senate or they will simply be a rubber stamp for whatever a President Mitt wants.

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

After the SCOUTs ruling and the way roberts switch his vote I think the fix is in and Obamacare is here to stay. The PPC wants obamacare to bend the cost curve of medicare and to enbale them to control costs via death panels so they don’t have to make the political unpopular votes to cut care to grandma.

LevinFan on July 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Watch the part of the video when she starts addressing the Cheney issue. She tries to make it sound like she started to say “Dick Cheney”, but quickly changed it to Vice President Cheney. I think she called Cheney a dick without it sounding like she did.

NoNails on July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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

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

In addition Murkowski had an advantage in that the Democrat in the race was very weak, Everyone knew he couldn’t win so she got a majority of the dem. vote.

bw222 on August 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I think she called Cheney a dick without it sounding like she did.

NoNails on July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

hmmm if she did smart woman.

unseen on August 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

What happened in my beloved Republic state today is the very definition of real hope and change. And we, the people, built that, thank you very much.

If I were the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers tonight, I’d be looking at November like a root canal from Hell. And, if I were a RINO, I’d be thinking that I better straighten up my act or find a nice nursing home somewhere.

Good day for liberty, for sure.

TXUS on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Alternate headline:

Quitting cures LaTourette’s Syndrome

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Hahahahahahaha!

Excellent…………….as always! ;o)

kakypat on July 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Thanky!

:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

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

INC on July 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I knew you would come back and respond, I just got back to read your reply.

Thanks!!!

JPeterman on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Well it is his name, and well he was being one, after she stood up for the tough measures, ‘no miranda rights for terrorists’ and the counterinsurgency strategy, and was saddled with the debris left from the Lehman collapse, and the TARP capitulation,

narciso on August 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

bluefox on July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Thanks for the scoop bluefox. Good post.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Thanks SP:-)

bluefox on August 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

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

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The Linky machine delivers yet again. You are a Human Bing.

Get it? Bing is a search engine.

Canopfor is a Human Bing.

SparkPlug on August 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Voted for Cruz on the way home from work today. I actually had to wait in line for 5 minutes(this was around 6:20 PM) which is impressive considering we’re talking a runoff with only 4 races on the GOP ballot.

Glad to see he won and by a healthy margin. Let this be a warning to all the squishy moderates like Grahamnesty as well as Cruz’s future fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn who’s still on my sh-tlist over his pandering to Leena Micklewhite when she refused to do the right thing and honor Joe Miller’s primary victory over her.

Doughboy on August 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Since you’re quoting Levin, why do you think the Great One is supporing Romney over Obama?

Why is Rush, Beck, and Palin … pretty much any conservative with a brain doing so?

You’re failing to see that the GOP never goes all out like the socialists do. 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?

Also who is the GOP running on repealing it? That includes everyong running for congress as well as Romney.

Do you honestly think if a repeal bill gets put on Mitt’s desk that he repeals it? That would be political suicide.

LevinFan on August 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Ron Paul was the first to endorse Cruz, way before Palin.

air_up_there on August 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Of course it does. Romney is a walking signature. If a good conservative congress and senate send him a conservative bill, what can he do? Say no? Sure he could, but does he wan to hear the fallout? He may well have no choice.

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

Wow, a hard-fought contest, and a very good guy won. The great thing about this whole primary has been that the candidates and their supporters were talking issues so much. There were no Dishonest Injun claims from anyone’s past, no cell-phone photos of underwear, no hysterics about wars on women, no Israel psychoses. Just a bunch of passionate voters vying for candidates because of their beliefs and positions.

Texas, showing the self-satisfied self-appointed on both coasts the way.

As usual.

J.E. Dyer on August 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Mammy……(on hearing of Cruz win)…….WOOT WOOT!!

Possum Holler fer Texas Ted!

PappyD61 on August 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Steveangell on August 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Bless your heart, they let you out of your cage again.

Here, have another cookie.

cozmo on August 1, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I think she called Cheney a dick without it sounding like she did.

NoNails on July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

NoNail:Umm,yup,thats how she said it,but,Cheney is a,ahem Male!

Hey,it could be worse,like DickWeed!!(sarc):)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I’m just sayin’—weird things happen in elections in TX.

john1schn on July 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Appreciate your concern, but that was over 50 years ago, with LBJ, when the Dems controlled the elections and every single office in Texas. I can’t recall any problem in elections or vote counting since then, and particularly since the conservative Dems left the party and the state turned bright red. If I’m wrong, examples please?

TXUS on August 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM

canopfor on July 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The Linky machine delivers yet again. You are a Human Bing.

Get it? Bing is a search engine.

Canopfor is a Human Bing.

SparkPlug on August 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

SparkPlug:

Yes,lol,I do have Bing,and I’m still on the hunt,
for Ted Cruz’s Victory Speechy,

F’ %^&*(*^%^&*()(*&^%$^&*()*&^%$^&*()**&%^$^&*() kn,

Transcript thingy,haha!!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

……do you see the surf being pulled out from the shore?

Do you hear that low roar getting louder?

………that’s the second wave coming……TEANAMI 2!

PappyD61 on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

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