Ted Cruz: Let’s face it, Democrats are attacking Rubio partly because he’s Latino

posted at 6:01 pm on February 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

They’d be attacking him no matter what just because he’s a rising star from the other party, but yes, of course it’s true that a rising star who’s Latino complicates Democratic plans for a permanent majority in a way that some other Republican wouldn’t. (In theory. At this very early moment, Rubio’s favorable rating among Democrats is 15/41.) Rubio’s prominence in the immigration debate is, by design, a way for the GOP to advertise that Latinos are not only welcome in the party but among its leaders. The man himself hasn’t been shy about touting his ability to convert Americans to the GOP cause, including Americans who belong to demographics currently out of the party’s reach:

I am confident that, given a fair chance, I can convince most Americans, including Americans of Hispanic descent, that limited government and free enterprise is better for them and better for their upward mobility than big government is. Because that’s the reason why they came here.

Nothing newsy about any of this. What’s newsworthy is that it’s Cruz saying it after two weeks of withering criticism from Democrats over his role in the Hagel hearings. Rubio’s surely not the only senator he has in mind when he dismisses Democratic attacks on a young Latino Republican rock star as illegitimate:

Sen. Ted Cruz says some of the attacks on fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio by Democrats are motivated by race. Cruz said today the fact that Rubio is a Republican Latino poses a threat to political adversaries. “I think Democrats and the media are afraid of Marco Rubio because he is a smart, intelligent, conservative Hispanic. And they are looking for any excuse they can to attack him, because that threatens them,” Cruz told reporters during a tour of a Texas gun manufacturing plant north of Austin. “Look, he took a drink of water in a speech. And it dominated the news for days with one network saying it was a career ender.”

Cruz said the criticism of Rubio’s GOP response following last week’s State of the Union was about more than his being a promising young Republican. “It’s not just a promising Republican. I think the Democrats view Marco Rubio as a particular threat because of his background, his life story. I think it they believe it is in their interest to inflict as much damage as possible and blow things wildly out of proportion.”

The only way this could have been better calculated to endear him to conservatives is if he’d specifically mentioned Alinsky in talking about it. He’s basically accusing them of following Rule 13 against Rubio (and, implicitly, against him) and now he’s giving them a snoutful of Rule 4. Washington really is “a rough-and-tumble place.”

Via Mediaite, here’s Toure basically proving Cruz’s point.


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He’s an Uncle Jorge

acyl72 on February 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

And Ted the d’s attack any r black the same way! Can’t have any shade not going along with the bho/d’s/good old boy r’s now can we?
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letget on February 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

He’s an Uncle Jorge

acyl72 on February 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The proper term is Tío Tomás.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Cher is a big fan of Cruz:

SULPHUR FOLLOWS HIM WHEREVER HE GOES ! WHEN DID UNHOLY MEN START GETTING ELECTED TO THE SENATE ? AND WHERE DID “HONEST”JOHN McCAIN GO?
11:58 PM – 15 Feb 13

She’s gone off the rails in her old age.

tru2tx on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Of course they are. They’ve already done it before to Miguel Estrada.

Mark1971 on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

He’s what people like Rob Parker call a Cornball Hermano.

eaglephin on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Rubio/Cruz

Stay thirsty my friends!

can_con on February 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I love it when someone, anyone is smart enough to use their trick against them.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I don’t care why democrats are attacking him. He is teaming up with Obama to destroy America.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

any guy with a name like “ted c” has gotsta be bueno.

;)

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

President Barack Obama reached out by telephone Tuesday to Republican senators playing a key role in the debate on overhauling America’s immigration policy, the White House said. He called Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida “to discuss their shared commitment to bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform,” spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Pound that race card and pound it hard, Sen. Cruz.

Punchenko on February 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

“The man himself[Rubio] hasn’t been shy about touting his ability to convert Americans to the GOP cause, including Americans who belong to demographics currently out of the party’s reach…”

No, he’s definitely not shy about promoting himself-

“This country needs a Latino Superstar Saviour- I am a Latino Superstar Saviour. I will redeem you.

Please, buy my product?”

The only difference between Marco Rubio and Sham-Wow! is that Sham-Wow! doesn’t travel all over the country on the tax-payer dime pushing an insane nation-destroying Amnesty plan. And it cleans stuff.

sartana on February 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Let’s face it, Democrats are attacking Rubio partly because he’s Latino

I thinks that’s a silly argument.

Democrats have convinced themselves that Rubio is a conservative (even though he really isn’t), and they are attacking him because he has spoken out against obama (even though he is now spending all of his time pushing obama’s amnesty plan), and because the GOP has basically already crowned Rubio as their 2016 nominee (even though he won’t be).

Ted Cruz should avoid trying to defend Rubio – especially by playing the race card. Cruz is the real RISING STAR in the Republican Party and he should stick to being a very vocal, TRUE conservative, and not tarnish himself by defending Rubio, when there is really no need to.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Don’t be duped by Marco ‘Teddy” Rubio the Borker or you are the biggest dupe of them all.

Remember this?

Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.

The high-immigration Right has borrowed not only its immigration-policy views from Ted Kennedy, but now his political tactics as well. Grover Norquist, Linda Chavez, American Conservative Union president Al Cardenas — and Senator Marco Rubio — have launched a campaign to Bork those on the right who disagree with President Obama’s immigration plans.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

BTW, I should add, I am having a problem with Rubio on some of his views. The amnesty for illegal aliens is a MAJOR one!
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letget on February 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

How cool is it the Toure knows all the inside scoop on a guy how died almost 17 years ago?

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

We can flog this race card for about what……50 years????

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Same reason they attacked Clarence Thomas: They believe they are entitled to a monopoly on successful minorities in power, and they will do whatever it takes to defend that monopoly. Anything else would disrupt the narrative of a racist opposition.

Socratease on February 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Obama and Rubio – The Tag Team for the Destruction of America.

Don’t fall for their “good cop, bad cop” act.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

We can flog this race card for about what……50 years????

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

No habla english.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

The only word I take issue with is “partly.”

marybel on February 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

we get it bub

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

How cool is it the Toure knows all the inside scoop on a guy how who died almost 17 years ago?

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Rubio is good looking and Cruz is not. Low info voters: Text #2345 to idol nation for Rubio Text #2748975634902 for Cruz.

You ruin Cruz with bad thoughts about McCarthyism. Rubio has to be more subtle, people like his looks.

Fleuries on February 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

They’ve already done it before to Miguel Estrada.

and Alberto Gonzales, Nikki Haley, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Bobby Jindal, Sara Palin and on and on and on. Dems are so tolerant when it comes to diversity aren’t they?

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Here’s my dos centavos:

I had joined a LULAC council in Houston because I wanted to change the way the old timers thought. Was I wrong. The Sunday before Christmas 2002 I had attended a council meeting which was attended by Mary Ramos, who was a big wig in LULAC District 8. I asked her why LULAC had not supported President Bush’s nomination of Miguel Estrada for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. I’ll never forget her response, which is the reason I left the council and began working against them. She said to me (and this is the mindset of the left and its lapdog media):

“We need Latinos in office, but we need the right Latinos.”

madmonkphotog on February 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

White Cuban

The more Cruz speaks – the more I like. The entire Morning Joe panel hates him. Nuff said

drivingtheview on February 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Today we must all be aware that political and ethnic protocol takes precedence over constitutional procedure. However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a bilingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t hold water.

Amigos – friends, we are gathered here not only to accept in behalf of one man without any borders – one who has found that the world in itself which seems to be a time of the toad. This in itself is an edifice of the great glory that has gone beyond, and the intuitive feeling of the American people, based on the assumption that the intelligence not only as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American voter will not go broke.” This is merely a small indication of this vast throng gathered here to once again behold and to perceive that which has gone into the behind and to that which might go forward into the future…we’ve got to hurdle these borders. This is the main deterrent upon which we have gathered our strength and all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” – We don’t know.

And as Miller once said in one of his great novels- what did he … that language is only necessary when bilingual communication is endangered. And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is not the lack of communication, but fear of communication.” That’s what the damn thing is that we fear – communication – especially all the Spanish communication that’s even on a box of Wheaties now. Damn it! But we have no paranoia, and through all this Senator McCain has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only his insanity that has kept him alive in his senility.

Alright, moving right along here in my brief remarks. We speak of the organ…of the orgasm…Who the hell wrote this crap !!!??? And the bi-partisan panel has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly …that he could…in other words, have been more specific, but rather than allude to the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn! Ladies and Gentlemen. To the distinguished panel on the, on the dais, the time will come when a first world America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can’t remember which, maybe it was both, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness as a First World country and becomes a majority Spanish speaking nation, then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… we are going to need that and plenty of it, especially if the booze runs out …

All right…However, I want to thank MR. PUNDIT, ALLAH PUNDIT of the HotGas Press, who has made it possible for you people to be here this morning to enjoy the Reconquesta Citation – Marco Rubio’s . EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 450 of them … million live in the United States and Mexico which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a political commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the DNC, the organization for the $1,000 in affirmative action scholarships they’ve given out…tonight they took in over $4,000,000 in contributions, but they do have expenses you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you and again I want to than Mr. Allah Pundit for carrying so much water for Marco Rubio. I also want to thank Mr. Morrisey who just ran through the auditorium pulling his hair out, and I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidente of Mexamerico and also Mr. Obama – acting King of the Unites States – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and thank you.

RasThavas on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Aww is your wittle feeling hurts. Does the Dem not like it when the latino takes a play out of the Democrats playbook? I mean God forbid someone other than a Democrat play the race card.

Besides if you ever want to find out how really racists Democrats actually are– see how they treat a black, latino, gay, woman conseravative..

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Rubio is good looking and Cruz is not.

Fleuries on February 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

In a few years there will be nothing for Marco to use to comb-over. He will have a choice of being bald or the Hispanic Trent Lott.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Ted Cruz.

Me el likeo.

PappyD61 on February 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Lets face it, if you or Rubio were white you both would be just any other politician of 535.

astonerii on February 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Rubio/Cruz

Stay thirsty my friends!

can_con on February 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

can_con:Lol:)

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Vaya con Dios!

22044 on February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Well played Sen. Cruz, well played.

reddevil on February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I love it when someone, anyone is smart enough to use their trick against them.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

yep. first they are making insensitive comments about rape (war on women) and now they are mad because they hate minority republicans. liberals HAVE to attack any minority republican, because it messes up their “republicans are only white” claim.

liberals are sexist and racist, yet they always project it onto conservatives. we need to continue to use their own words against them.

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

a liberal calling a conservative “race-obsessed” when liberals are constantly obsessed with race? hilarious.

Sachiko on February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Whenever I hear Marco Rubio speaking on “common sense, bi-partisan, immigration reform” all I can wonder is wasn’t Barack Obama available?

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

President Barack Obama reached out by telephone Tuesday to Republican senators playing a key role in the debate on overhauling America’s immigration policy, the White House said. He called Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida “to discuss their shared commitment to bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform,” spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

insert, selling out the conservatives and the base of the party by legalizing 20 million 70-30% new democrat voting bloc new voters that the ruling class can enslave and destroy like they have the black community.

VIVA MCCAIN
VIVA GRAHAM
VIVA RUBIO

….and all the destroyers of the republican party.

I keep telling you guys that the gop is dead. And you still hold out hope that the corpse can be revived. Sadly, it’s not going to happen.

PappyD61 on February 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Another Cruz Missile. Right on target.

Mirimichi on February 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

The only way this could have been better calculated to endear him to conservatives is if he’d specifically mentioned Alinsky in talking about it.

as we all know, brazenly playing the race card is the shortest way to the conzies’ hearts.

sesquipedalian on February 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Aww is your wittle feeling hurts. Does the Dem not like it when the latino takes a play out of the Democrats playbook? I mean God forbid someone other than a Democrat play the race card.

Besides if you ever want to find out how really racists Democrats actually are– see how they treat a black, latino, gay, woman conseravative..

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Yet the only people obsessively talking about Rubio’s race are conservatives. In fact they don’t stop talking about his race. Case in point… read your own comment.

Same thing goes with every minority conservative. Merits are suddenly abandoned and it’s all about their combination of minority status and political affiliation.

Does Cruz have any evidence of racism? No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

a liberal calling a conservative “race-obsessed” when liberals are constantly obsessed with race? hilarious.

Sachiko on February 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Liberals like Cruz?

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Cruz not only played the race card on your sorry ass, he slammed it on the table and then mooned you while walking away victorious with both middle fingers in the air.

Spliff Menendez on February 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

lester the professor is here! he wants to take the dumbest troll at HA from cT!

22044 on February 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

In a few years there will be nothing for Marco to use to comb-over. He will have a choice of being bald or the Hispanic Trent Lott.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Also, he’s short.

Jon0815 on February 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

lester the professor is here! he wants to take the dumbest troll at HA from cT!

22044 on February 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Full name – Professor Fester Lester Molester.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM

as we all know, brazenly playing the race card is the shortest way to the conzies’ hearts.

sesquipedalian on February 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

All he was doing is calling out the hatred that lurks in your hateful little heart, Sessy. Democrats can’t stand successful Latinos who care about family and country.

Punchenko on February 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

In a few years there will be nothing for Marco to use to comb-over. He will have a choice of being bald or the Hispanic Trent Lott.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Also, he’s short.

Jon0815 on February 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

So that’s why he wants to overrun America with Mexicans. He’s taller than most of them. If he can get enough of them here and give them American citizenship, he will be taller than the average American man.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

When I look at Marco Rubio, now all I see is the face of John McCain looking back at me and I can almost hear, “My friends, my friends …” coming from his mendacious mouth. It has become very clear that Rubio is The Man Who Never Was. He’s just a conman with a no longer very convincing con, so teenage girls you can get over your crush on him and now would be a good time.

Since Marco Rubio is now calling amnesty, “earnesty”, I am wondering when he will officially/legally change his name from Marco Rubio to Marco Orwell. He certainly should. Perhaps in the next Batman movie, as the series gets ever more worn out, he can play a composite of the Joker and Two-Face. And since Rubio is Spanish for Blond, maybe he will wear a blood wig as he goes about his quest with Obama Bain for the extinction of the Republic.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Cruz is impressive for a freshman. He delivered a more damaging blow to Hagel than any of the more senior Senators on the committee when he pressed Hagel on the undisclosed speeches and financial records. That’s what really gave the GOP cover to hold up Hagel’s nomination for a few more weeks.

Lawdawg86 on February 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Yet the only people obsessively talking about Rubio’s race are conservatives. In fact they don’t stop talking about his race. Case in point… read your own comment.

Projection, thy name is “lester”. Conservatives rarely get hung up on race unless they are defending themselves from racist liberals like you. Sure there are a lot of conservatives talking about race on this thread, but the topic of the post is race, in case you didn’t notice.

KS Rex on February 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Yet the only people obsessively talking about Rubio’s race are conservatives. In fact they don’t stop talking about his race. Case in point… read your own comment.

Same thing goes with every minority conservative. Merits are suddenly abandoned and it’s all about their combination of minority status and political affiliation.

Does Cruz have any evidence of racism? No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Nope, was just responding to the fact that you were crying that someone was using the same tactic that the Dems use daily. Don’t hate the playa sweetie- hate the game.

BTW, Dems nevah have any evidence when they accuse Repubs of war on womyns, racism, homophobism etc. They just throw those charges out to make stick.

Rubio will either get my vote or he won’t and none of those reasons will be because he is a latino.

melle1228 on February 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Oh brother, that’s rich. I bet you didn’t type that with a straight face.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Haha, I’m pretty sure Tupac would back hand Toure and then laugh at his girly whimper.

nextgen_repub on February 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

lester, don’t you want to post your evidence of where I said gangs rarely use guns?
 

rogerb and his opinion on how gangs rarely use guns (yes, it sound as stupid as you think) oddly absent.
 
lester on December 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2012/12/26/charts-of-the-day-gun-violence-in-america-declining-over-last-20-years/comment-page-1/#comment-6597369

 
Or should we add “the truth” to the list of other difficult concepts you don’t understand, like bankruptcy/healthcare
 

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/08/onward-obamacare/comment-page-4/#comment-6491261

 
Business
 

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/12/03/cheesecake-factory-ceo-obamacare-is-going-to-be-very-costly-to-small-enterprises/comment-page-1/#comment-134342

 
and the most challenging of all, third grade math
 

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/07/24/its-fear-thats-driving-opposition-to-gun-control/comment-page-2/#comment-2029152

 

(And in case “reading” and “basic computer usage” should be on the list as well, all of those links go to things you’ve actually said.)
 
Your turn. Put up or shut up.
 
Or flee the thread like you always do. Which is what you’ll do here, too, because you’re a liar.

rogerb on February 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

What’s newsworthy is that it’s Cruz saying it after two weeks of withering criticism from Democrats over his role in the Hagel hearings. Rubio’s surely not the only senator he has in mind when he dismisses Democratic attacks on a young Latino Republican rock star as illegitimate:

That was exactly my first thought in reading this. The thing is that they are out there discussing policy and doing Senator things. A far cry from the gaggle of token appearances by utterly incompetent Democrats in office and in prominance only because of their pigmentation, gender, or species. Hank Johnson, for example, should have been immediately drummed out of the House when he very seriously discussed the possibilty of Guam tipping over. And Sheila Jackson Lee is a walking punchline.

The problem for both Cruz and Rubio is that they are Hispanic by way of Cuba. That disqualifies them as being real Hispanic among many Hispanic activist groups. Apparently having to flee a revolution isn’t as authentic as sneaking across the border and getting fake documentation.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

If Ted Cruz can stop amnesty, he’s free to use the race card all he wants. You won’t hear me complaining.

sauldalinsky on February 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

RAAAAAAACISTS! Love it. Pull that race card. Libs hate it when you steal their narrative and control it.

Philly on February 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Yet the only people obsessively talking about Rubio’s race are conservatives. In fact they don’t stop talking about his race. Case in point… read your own comment.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You know what? People like you really shouldn’t be talking about race or gender until your side wants to have an honest debate. Blacks are successful at all levels of society but your side pretends that we are still in Selma Alabama in 1952. Women, and I use the term loosely when it comes to liberal women, demand more than equity for no other reason than they have women parts.

Part of the reason Rubio, Cruz, Mia Love, and others are pointed out is because the media and stupid parasites like demand the prevailing assumption is that only old white males are Republicans. They are not novelties the way your side showcaes race and gender, they are the future of the GOP. The sooner your accept the fact the quicker you will be less of a douchebag.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

CRUZ Is the best thing to happen to Texas in a long time, as well as the conservative movement in general.

TX-96 on February 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester

Oh look! A pet molesting liberal hypocrite being a hypocrite. EVERYONE saw that coming, lol.

xblade on February 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

The problem for both Cruz and Rubio is that they are Hispanic by way of Cuba. That disqualifies them as being real Hispanic among many Hispanic activist groups. Apparently having to flee a revolution isn’t as authentic as sneaking across the border and getting fake documentation.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I think you are right, but I think it goes further than that. Per a lot of Hispanics, their sympathies were/are with Castro and the R-evolution against the oppressor class, which would be those who fled.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

“Look, he took a drink of water in a speech. And it dominated the news for days with one network saying it was a career ender.”

Rubio should be grateful that the media focused on the drink of water. Because the drink of water wasn’t the career ender, the speech itself was.

Mr. Arkadin on February 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Speaking of Rubio!

Netanyahu, Rubio in water-bottle toast to U.S., Israel ties
JERUSALEM | Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:35pm EST
***************************************

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toasted their nations’ close ties on Wednesday with a click of plastic water bottles reminiscent of the Republican’s sip seen ’round the world in Washington last week.

Photographers captured the cross-table gesture in Netanyahu’s office moments after Rubio remarked how Israel resides “in a challenging neighborhood,” and he was “pleased” President Barack Obama would be visiting Israel next month.

“Certainly our commitment to that partnership is bipartisan and it should remain that way,” Rubio said, adding how he felt Israeli-US ties were “one of the most important ones we have”.

Rubio famously interrupted his delivery of the official Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address on February 12 to take a swig of water from a plastic bottle, video of which went viral across the Internet.

Netanyahu had his own brush with embarrassment this past week with Israeli newspaper reports that his family had spent several thousand dollars in the past year on gourmet ice cream.

Rubio, 41, from Florida was an active campaigner for Mitt Romney’s failed bid to unseat Obama in November. Netanyahu also made little secret of having backed Romney, having had strained ties with Obama over Middle East policy differences.

Netanyahu said, though, in response to Rubio’s comments on Obama’s impending visit that “we look forward to receiving him”.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-israel-us-senator-idUSBRE91J1CD20130220

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

He’s what people like Rob Parker call a Cornball Hermano.

eaglephin on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

…ok..that was funny I don’t care who you are!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz says some of the attacks on fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio by Democrats are motivated by race.

You should see it on the far right. Of course, they hide behind “enforcement of the laws on the books” rhetoric.

John the Libertarian on February 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

lester &

sesquipedalian on February 20, 2013

…go sit in the corner of moms basement…exchange socks…and chew each other!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

The left wields the race card like a nuclear bomb. Politics is downstream of culture, and they have been setting off bombs in pop culture for years now. I haven’t watched wrestling since when it was called WWF, but even the WWE is callling the Tea Party racist?

Yes, WWE has found a new bad guy for fans to root against, ripped straight from yesterday’s headlines — a Tea Party character “with twisted values on what his country should look like, complete with a xenophobic and slightly racist manager named Zeb Colter.” Here’s the basic plot; try to follow along.

WTF? And this is apparently on the highest rated show on cable television.

sauldalinsky on February 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

thinks that’s a silly argument.

Democrats have convinced themselves that Rubio is a conservative (even though he really isn’t), and they are attacking him because he has spoken out against obama (even though he is now spending all of his time pushing obama’s amnesty plan), and because the GOP has basically already crowned Rubio as their 2016 nominee (even though he won’t be).

Ted Cruz should avoid trying to defend Rubio – especially by playing the race card. Cruz is the real RISING STAR in the Republican Party and he should stick to being a very vocal, TRUE conservative, and not tarnish himself by defending Rubio, when there is really no need to.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Based on conservative records, Rubio is at 57, Bush was 39, Reagan was 41…

Redford on February 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Love Ted Cruz.

bluegill on February 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Yet the only people obsessively talking about Rubio’s race are conservatives. In fact they don’t stop talking about his race. Case in point… read your own comment.

Same thing goes with every minority conservative. Merits are suddenly abandoned and it’s all about their combination of minority status and political affiliation.

Does Cruz have any evidence of racism? No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I know you’re trying hard but your comments are inconsistent with Liberal Orthodoxy. Since conservatives are such racists the only way for a minority person to gain our support is to be super qualified.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I’m a little weary of anyone using their ethnicity or race as an excuse, or of accusing others of prejudice or bias, in order to garner approval, position, power and/ or votes. It’s far too common and I’m disappointed to see the GOP sinking to what has been a Democratic staple in everything from schooling to employment and politics.

If an individual wants to run for office, they should understand that they are diving into a shark tank and if they can’t swim with the sharks they should get out of the water.

Are we to believe that any of these members of the political class are so tender and thin skinned, so naive, that they would be nonplussed by the opposition using any means available to them to defeat them?

Hardly. These are career politicians.

thatsafactjack on February 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Yes, partly because he is Latino. The other part, is that he is a Republican.

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Does Cruz have any evidence of racism? No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Evidence abounds, Lester. MSNBC devotes itself to knocking successful Latinos who have too much self-respect and pride in their heritage to feed from the hand of Barry Obama.

Punchenko on February 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Does Cruz have any evidence of racism? No, but he did throw it out there because that’s what conservative are obsessed about.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You must be kidding. Conservatives have been called racist because they mentioned Chicago and golf.

Cruz is throwing your own tactics back into your face and you don’t like it. That’s all.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Cruz is throwing your own tactics back into your face and you don’t like it. That’s all.

Gelsomina on February 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

…molester… sits on his own face

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

I like this Ted. Note to Lester: when have you had evidence of racism on the part of, say
, the Tea Party attendees? Never stopped you from crying racist. For that matter you weren’t put off from crying racism whenever anyone disagreed with Obama’s policies, evidence be damned. Don’t cry because your tactics are being used against you.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

He’s an Uncle Jorge

acyl72 on February 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The proper term is Tío Tomás.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Thanks Steebo. I learned more in than I’d learn all day reading a Gannet rag.

acyl72 on February 21, 2013 at 7:38 AM

It is on! Me gusto. Ted Cruz tiene cajones.

Cpoy2 on February 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Oh look! The most recent race-obsessed conservative leader. No one saw this coming.

lester on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

The social conservative Hispanic myth has been busted before. Most of the conservatives who think like that of Hispanics probably haven’t met a lot of them outside of church.

The only remote chance socons had at tapping into Democratic electorate was black vote which as this election showed even their attitude towards marriage equality has changed.

lester on November 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Wow, such an obsession with race from lester the race-obsessed conserv….huh? ok never mind.

runawayyyy on February 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM