Ted Cruz: My GOP Senate colleagues yelled at me for wanting to filibuster gun control

posted at 8:01 pm on April 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Dave Weigel, who makes a fair point: How many of the RINOs who were yelling at Cruz at caucus lunches objected to his filibuster on strategic grounds, not because they wanted gun control to pass? That was the WSJ’s big objection, that Republicans had to make sure to force vulnerable red-state Democrats like Pryor and Landrieu to vote on this thing. If they voted no, as Pryor did, then they’ve angered liberals; if they voted yes, as Landrieu did, they’ve angered conservative gun-rights supporters. Threatening a filibuster was a risk in that it could have created an opening for Reid to declare that GOP opposition made passage hopeless and to pull the bill from the floor before Pryor et al. had to take that tough vote. In fact, a quick glance at the timeline shows that Reid was crying about not having even 40 votes for an assault-weapons ban on March 19 — a week before the filibuster threat. No strong-form gun-control legislation was ever going to pass. Surely the Susan Collinses and Kelly Ayottes in the Senate didn’t need Paul or Cruz to formally remind them that tea partiers would look unkindly at their supporting a new AWB.

Harder to say what would have happened to the Toomey/Manchin background-checks bill without Paul’s and Cruz’s early opposition, though. That was always going to be the closest vote; 60 yeses wasn’t completely out of the question initially. AWR Hawkins noted last week that the initial three-man Paul/Cruz/Lee filibuster quickly became a 12-man filibuster, which in turn put pressure on the rest of the caucus to hang tough. Even so, though, four Republicans (Collins, Kirk, McCain, and of course Toomey) ended up voting yes, and if all 55 Democrats had voted in unison, I suspect Ayotte would have flipped to become the 60th vote. It’s really the red-state Dem defections that killed the dream for Obama and Reid, and those defections were probably inevitable given electoral realities in those red states. But who knows? Without Paul and Cruz drawing the line, maybe Ayotte would have felt bolder to switch, and Dean Heller too, and then maybe even Murkowski would have decided she could get away with a vote for background checks.

Speaking of which, if PPP is to be believed, purple-state Republicans like Heller and Portman are paying a price in the polls at the moment for their Toomey/Manchin votes. Emphasis on “at the moment.”


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When they bring it back later in the year, what then?

Are they going to whine at Cruz again? Or vote with the Libtards?

catmman on April 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Ha!

Killer 2016 positioning from this guy right here. He seems to be pissing off all the right people, that’s for sure.

mintycrys on April 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Speaking of which, if PPP is to be believed

Oh, the PPP poll that shows in Alaska that voting against the gun ban actually hurt the Republican Senator nearly twice as much “with voters” than the Democrat Senator who voted the exact same?

Marcus on April 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Yeah, vote for legislation that really wouldn’t do a damned thing but make people “feel good”.

You know, like the idiots in New York. “WE DID SOMETHING!
Now we just have to fix all the screw-ups in the legislation.”

GarandFan on April 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The PPP guy who did the poll is on the Chris Hayes show this moment and he is as big a shill as Schmoe Scarborough, claiming the NRA is wildly unpopular.

Marcus on April 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Background checks = registration = confiscation.
If that’s what you want….

fourbten on April 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

The truly stupid thing is, the so called assault weapons they are trying to ban aren’t really assault weapons by definition. It’s purely a political name used by the anti-gun left. It’s feel good politics at work.

chewmeister on April 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

We already have them.

chewmeister on April 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Did Lindsey Graham call him a “bigot” like he did his constituents a few years ago?

SouthernGent on April 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

So do the rest of us, dillweed!
Ted Cruz does too-but this recent…round of legislation would’ve done NOTHING to stop the recent spate of shootings. Instead-it was feel-good BS that would’ve only further eroded the constitutional rights of the law-abiding.
Get it? Good.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Hang in there Mr. Cruz.

davidk on April 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

It’s good that some support the background checks which already exist.

*facepalm*

catmman on April 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Maybe by jan. 20th, 2017 I’ll be able to find ammo.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I hope Cruz can catch fire for 2016. We need a conservative President in a bad way, but I fear it may already be too late for the country. The democrats have been slowly boiling the frog for 30 years and the frog is almost cooked without knowing it.

The other up and coming conservatives (Rubio and Paul) have signed on with LaRaza. You can’t serve “The Race” and the U.S. at the same time. But Cruz is fast becoming the new Jim DeMint. If both the democrats and RINOs are firing at him, he must be over the target.

Alabama Infidel on April 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I’m liking Cruz more and more.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Put it back in the holster, ALT. ;)

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

If the Sandy Hook shooter didn’t kill himself..
And if he was paroled years later..
Then tried to by a gun..
It would have “pinged” the system..

After that..
It’s up to our FBI and DHS to actually do something..

Electrongod on April 29, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I suspect Ayotte would have flipped to become the 60th vote.

In a hot second.

Ayotte is to McCain as Gillibrand is to Schumer.

bofh on April 29, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The other up and coming conservatives (Rubio and Paul) have signed on with LaRaza. You can’t serve “The Race” and the U.S. at the same time. But Cruz is fast becoming the new Jim DeMint. If both the democrats and RINOs are firing at him, he must be over the target.

Alabama Infidel on April 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I never cared for Rand Paul because he mirrors his daddy on foreign affairs. Rubio killed his own star by the talk show radio blitz about amnesty that neglected to admit millions get amnesty in years on fast track status.

Cruz has been honest in his positions unlike either Paul or Rubio. That means a lot.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Speaking of which, if PPP is to be believed, purple-state Republicans like Heller and Portman are paying a price in the polls at the moment for their Toomey/Manchin votes. Emphasis on “at the moment.”

Pretending that the poll is true, how you handle that is to “EXPLAIN” that there are not loopholes, the bill was ill-conceived and the government is not prosecuting or even looking into people who currently fail checks. Real easy took this dumb pig about thirty seconds to think of that.

arnold ziffel on April 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

.
That mean’s too many things. We already have them, but apparently you’re dissatisfied with the current system, so ELABORATE.

listens2glenn on April 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Yell Back.

And keep yelling, damn it!!

We got your back, just don’t lose your huevos.

RealMc on April 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

would have been truely awesome if he was packin’ heat… maybe a nickel plated revolver?

mjbrooks3 on April 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

The reason Cruz and others are being ‘yelled at’ is that the GOP has become the Pander Party. They haven’t met an issue recently that they aren’t inclined, as a whole with few exceptions, to cave on every issue when some special interest group OUTSIDE their own base begins screaming for concessions.

The GOP has turned its back on its platform, its base, and now with Rubio, the rule of law.

thatsafactjack on April 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

After all those years in California, you have no idea how good it feels to be able to say “That’s my senator”.

Texas is frikken awesome.

trigon on April 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM
.
That mean’s too many things. We already have them, but apparently you’re dissatisfied with the current system, so ELABORATE.

listens2glenn on April 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

“I was choking my rubber chicken when my handlers called and that’s all I heard them say”

rubberbrain on April 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

VegasRick on April 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Put it back in the holster, ALT. ;)

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 8:23 PM

LoL!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Base…..red meat. If he survives, would be a formidable candidate in ’28 or ’32.

tommy71 on April 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

trigon on April 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

As an escapee from Illinois-catrz…
Here here!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I support background checks.

rubberneck on April 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Background checks mean databases controlled by government.

I am not in favor of that at all.

56andwarmweather on April 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

If I were Mr. Cruz, I would drop the filibuster-heck, I’d even encourage another vote on whatever gun bill the Dems want- right after the administration retracts executive privilege on Fast and Furious, all UN-redacted files are turned over to House and Senate Committees, and Mr. Holder and anybody else are put before committees and held responsible for the deaths of over 300 Mexicans and 2 US LEOs.
And I would HAMMER Obama on F&F openly anytime anyone proposes any new gun legislation.
If the GOP as a whole had any guts, they would absolutely throw this back in the faces of anyone who pretends “the children” are more important than our Constitution.

questionmark on April 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Ruger needs a Ted Cruz model to go along with Rick Perry’s.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Ruger needs a Ted Cruz model to go along with Rick Perry’s.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I think the Cruz missle was named after Ted Cruz.

VegasRick on April 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

There is no ” DEBATING ” the infringement of second amendment rights.

Cruz and the group were correct in using any measure they could to prevent votes and protect current law as it stands.

TX-96 on April 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Got your CCL yet? I have to get my Oregon DL and then get Oregon’s–they don’t recognize Iowa’s…

lovingmyUSA on April 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Our founders were threatened with hanging for signing the Declaration of independence.

Just getting yelled at for defending those same principles isn’t so bad.

JellyToast on April 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

VR- lol. That’ll work.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM

very tough situation when you know that progressive Rs like McCain will stab you in the back any day of the week. I understand the strategy to force a vote for red state Ds, but risky as hell when you have wobbly go along, sell the country down the river, type in your caucus.

and again, with the drum beat left at the media and the polling firms asking push poll questions about ‘background checks’ it is risky for everyone.

Like I always say, Rs try to hide from being out front and proud…they want to work things quietly. That’s because they don’t know how to argue the points…because, well…their goal is to keep their jobs and to get on TV…NOT to push a vision

r keller on April 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Alabama Infidel on April 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Rush Limbaugh referred to Marco Rubio as a “thoroughbred conservative” today. Maybe it’s time for Rush to untie the other half of his brain.

Hannity is as dumb as a brick and says whatever Roger Ailes tells him, but I don’t know what Levin and Limbaugh see in Rubio.

bw222 on April 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Only thing that throws me for a slight loop is that TX isn’t open carry. What’s up with that?

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

” I am under no illusion that the amendment would necessarily prevent a determined criminal or dangerously mentally ill person from acquiring a firearm.” ~ Pat Toomey

Then why write the f***ing bill!!! Is it so you can tell your low information moron voters that you did “something”? Here’s an idea Pat. Write a bill that requires a federal registry for ALL ABORTIONS so we can make sure no one’s “mental” or a criminally aborting a child, and see how far you get with this. Nonsense, you say? Well yeah, so is your pathetic “feel good” gun legislation.

Rovin on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Two words: Joe Straus. He’s the RINO-ish speaker of the TX house who keeps shutting open-carry bills down. As it is now-I’ve gotta hit the thrift stores and find some good concealing garments.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Screw the GOP! Cruz in 2016 as a Third Party candidate.Time to destroy the “lesser of two evils”!

redware on April 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Did PPP bother to poll in red states that featured Senators voting yes on Manchin/Toomey? I find it hard to believe the gun vote affected their polling that much…even if background checks have broad support, only 4 % think it’s a top issue.

changer1701 on April 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Got your CCL yet? I have to get my Oregon DL and then get Oregon’s–they don’t recognize Iowa’s…

lovingmyUSA on April 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Go to my wall. There’s a photo. It came today…with the wrong classification. Immediately got on the horn w/TXDPS and they’re sending me out a correct one. They said that I could use the one that came today until the new one arrives.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Hannity is as dumb as a brick and says whatever Roger Ailes tells him, but I don’t know what Levin and Limbaugh see in Rubio.

bw222 on April 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I think I know what’s going on with Rush and his attraction to Rubio, inspite of Rubio’s desire to invite the third world in and give them citizenship and welfare. But Levin, I have no ideal. Anyone else, Mark would eat them alive if they came on his show pushing amnesty for illegal aliens.

I think Rush is sure Rubio will be President some day and he wants to be on the inside. He often brags about his many trips to the White House to see W and love to discuss his stay in the L-Bedroom. I think he wants to experience that again and be able to call a sitting POTUS his friend. However, Rush don’t seem to realize that there will never be another Republican President if Rubio gets his way. We will be defenseless against 30 million new democrats.

Alabama Infidel on April 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

” I am under no illusion that the amendment would necessarily prevent a determined criminal or dangerously mentally ill person from acquiring a firearm.” ~ Pat Toomey

Then why write the f***ing bill!!! Is it so you can tell your low information moron voters that you did “something”?

Here’s an idea Pat. Write a bill that requires a federal registry for ALL ABORTIONS so we can make sure no one’s “mental” or a criminally aborting a child, and see how far you get with this. Nonsense, you say? Well yeah, so is your pathetic “feel good” gun legislation.

Rovin on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Indeed!

questionmark on April 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Ted Cruz did us proud. Screw the caucus that only cares about political power instead of doing what’s right for the American people. Vote for what’s Constitutional and the support will follow.

njrob on April 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Is the gop leadership as EVIL as the Democrat party bosses?

http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/04/29/u-s-image-rebounds-in-mexico/

About ONE QUARTER OF ALL OF MEXICO would cross the border ILLEGALLY if they could according to this poll.

Ted Cruz……..the gop wants Texas blue, and you gone.

VIVA UNITED STATES OF MEH-HEE-KOH!!!!

Get used to saying it boys and girls.

PappyD61 on April 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Here’s an idea Pat. Write a bill that requires a federal registry for ALL ABORTIONS so we can make sure no one’s “mental” or a criminally aborting a child, and see how far you get with this. Nonsense, you say? Well yeah, so is your pathetic “feel good” gun legislation.

Rovin on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I wish some on our side would do stuff like this, if for no other reason than to watch the Lib-meltdown.

Alabama Infidel on April 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

RUSH IS A BUSH LOVER!

And he loves Marco and so much for principles Rush, Rubio is a Obama wannabe and he’s just another sellout to limited government.

And that Cuban immigrant story is his “I served in Vietnam” line that John Kerry used in 2004.

#RINOFAIL

#RUSHFAIL

PappyD61 on April 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

questionmark on April 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Wow. The constitution is more important than your own children? You only hear stuff like this from the crazies who call themselves tea partiers.

HotAirLib on April 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Curious, what wrong classification?

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Cruzzzzzzzz….We beleive!

paulsur on April 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Wow. The constitution is more important than your own children? You only hear stuff like this from the crazies who call themselves tea partiers.

HotAirLib on April 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

You obviously didn’t get the meaning of his post. But then, being a lib, it’s no surprise. The “crazies” are on your side.

chewmeister on April 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

HotAirLib on April 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

My ‘child’ supports the Constitution. Unlike you, he’s read it. Hint: The right to keep and bear arms IS in the constitution-the right to murder your unborn child, racial quotas-I mean affirmative action, and gay marriage are NOT in the Constitution.
Reading is fun.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Curious, what wrong classification?

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

They made it SA rather than NSA.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Rovin on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

+ 100..Outstanding post!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

They made it SA rather than NSA.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

!#@&*%$#@!&^&$%#*^&!!!

Turn around and have somebody KICK you, you ding dong!

You WANT it to be restricted?

You may have moved to Texas, but sometimes you are still yankee dumb.

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

+ 100..Outstanding post!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Agreed. The lefties want a background check to buy a firearm for self defense, but not one to murder the unborn. Makes perfect sense.

chewmeister on April 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

You be careful ALT. Go slow. Takes a little time to get used to it.Dropped the thing on the ground more than once. Unless I open-carry I don’t even use a holster. I wear a belt and small of the back carry. Usally hits the ground at the restroom. Trust me, you’ll drop it. Don’t worry about what it looks like. It’s a tool. It’s going to show wear.Biggest worry at first? Forgeting you have it. All conscious at first, but that fades.
Then it becomes habit.

Be careful. Be safe.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I want it to be honest.

The fact that I have Asperger’s is out there-so the LAST thing that I want to do is behave in a that and will make TXDPS starting thinking about it. By dotting my eye and crossing my tees…I’m protecting myself.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I’m carrying in front-using an in the waistband holster. My back is too bony for it. Tomorrow I’m riding my bike to the range. Freedom!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

SA vs NSA? What does that mean? I don’t understand?

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

…I’m protecting myself.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Somebody still needs to kick you. Leave it alone, carry your revolver and when you have to re-qualify in four years use an automatic. Because, trust me here, they will screw up the re-qual and give you that restriction.

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

SA = Semi-Automatic

NSA = revolver only.

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:56 PM

“I don’t know that there is an issue that has generated more heat internally in the Republican conference.”

It should have unified them.

hawkdriver on April 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I’m a dude, I can’t bring myself to front carry, I can’t have it pointing there. Mel gibson can do it all he wants in the movies.
No 9mm pointed at my junk.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Chicken

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

TX sounds more complicated than I thought. I carry whatever I want, however I want.Open, concealed, no permit even needed for either. I have a permit just to skip the backgrounds.

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Too late. They’re sending me an updated one. I can use the one that came in the mail until I get the new one.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Yeah-it was a huge pain in the butt. We’re visiting CO in June-family reunion that I can’t get out of-and CO has open carry. I’ll be doin’ that.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Specifically a Rooster. :)

wolly4321 on April 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

HotLips on April 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

…so how do you like tasting yourself?…have you swallowed yet?…or is your mouth still so full…you still can’t sing DAISY?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Heh, don’t take it to Illinois, or Ohio. Still PO’ed about Ohio not reciprocating CHL’s.

cozmo on April 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Many of those individuals in the PPP who have bad numbers probably deserve those bad numbers for other reasons. Prime Example No. 1: Lisa Murkowski. I mean seriously…Murkowski!

I don’t care how she voted on gun control, she is just awful.

Plus PPP is sort of well a propagandist outfit of the progressive movement….which ever reason you prefer. I tend to say both.

William Eaton on April 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM

questionmark on April 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Wow. The constitution is more important than your own children? You only hear stuff like this from the crazies who call themselves tea partiers.

HotAirLib on April 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Now, pay close attention:
“THE CHILDREN” proper noun; definition: Ephemeral creatures whose mere invocation renders logic, reason, and the rule of law ineffective. These creatures are usually summoned by power hungry statists who wish to denegrate those who will not bow to them. Examples: YOUR right to X must be trampled upon because a child might (pick one) a. Die, b. Go hungry, c. Suffer bad grades, D. etc. Exception: Abortion can never be interfered with because, well, it’s not really about the children after all.

They will come for you too one day HAL, or your kids. But hey, it’ll be ok with you, because it will be for “the Children.”

questionmark on April 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

“I don’t know that there is an issue that has generated more heat internally in the Republican conference,” Cruz said at a Texas tea-party rally. “We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand [Paul] and Mike [Lee] and me and yelling at us at the top of their lungs, I mean, really upset.” He continued, “They said, ‘Look, why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I gotta stand on principle.’ I’m really not making that up. I don’t ever bother to argue with them, I just sorta let them yell and said, ‘Look, you know, vote your conscience.’”

No, AP, look at what they objecting senators were lamenting. It wasn’t about voting strategy; it was about their spinelessness in being supportive of the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment. The cowardly senators haven’t the intelligence to argue on behalf of the Constitution, which they have sworn to uphold. Obviously the word principle is not what they think it means.

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I sure hope he yelled back! I would have told the Constitution Violating Scum to Go F Themselves!

Tbone McGraw on April 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Again Ted Cruz demonstates his leadership abilities…stand up for our rights and what is right, not make a political point.

texasgoat on April 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM

The Republicanista Party is dead to me; Marco Rubio is TOAST.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/29/Exclusive-Immigration-bill-would-load-immediate-fiscal-burden-onto-state-local-governments-by-allowing-illegal-immigrants-onto-welfare

The only true conservatives in this party are exemplified by Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. The rest are only ghosts of progressive approximations. This party is done. When Republicans scream at the true conservatives, you can see WHERE WE ARE HEADED, on GUN CONTROL and on IMMIGRATION.

mountainaires on April 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Via Dave Weigel, who makes a fair point: How many of the RINOs who were yelling at Cruz at caucus lunches objected to his filibuster on strategic grounds,

short answer: NONE

The ones yelling at Cruz were upset because they wanted to vote for the bill made promises to leadership to vote for the bill and once they got an earful from voters had to switch their votes. They lost a lot of back scratching with the bill going down. there were tons of give aways in the bills to get those votes but because of Cruz et all they had to give up those gems and vote NO on the bill to save their jobs. There was no Strategic grounds.

unseen on April 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The full clip is nearly 8 full minutes of Cruz awesome.

aquaviva on April 29, 2013 at 8:27 PM

That was awesome. My favorite: “There is an alternative. You could just not be a bunch of squishes.”

Odysseus on April 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Cruz and Paul are heros for standing up to the Dems. Shame on the rest of the GOP for playing politics with our second amendment rights. I think he is going to catch fire in 2016. He is the first person in a long time who can eloquently defend conservative values.

bitsy on April 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Repubes like Lindsey Grahamnesty and John “I’m really a Dimocrat you rubes” McCain are just as bad, if not worse than actual Dimocrats.

If they won’t turn the Republican party over to the new Conservative leadership, Conservative voters will ensure your future is nothing but small, powerless, minority status as far as the eye can see.

I’m already through with the Republican party, and I may never go back. I know I’m not alone.

Meople on April 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The truly stupid thing is, the so called assault weapons they are trying to ban aren’t really assault weapons by definition. It’s purely a political name used by the anti-gun left. It’s feel good politics at work.

I’d love to see the Republicans take it up in the House – but with a more accurate name – say the “Restrict our Constitutional Freedom Act of 2013″ and then consistently call it that.

Part of the reason that these fluffy bills do so well normally is they give them innocuous names and the LIVs have no idea what are in them.

18-1 on April 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Cruz and Paul are heros for standing up to the Dems. Shame on the rest of the GOP for playing politics with our second amendment rights. I think he is going to catch fire in 2016. He is the first person in a long time who can eloquently defend conservative values

.

Most of the Republican leadership is a waste of space.

As much as the RINOs moan about Christine O’Donnell, are we better off with actual conservatives and libertarians like Cruz and Paul or scum like Gramnhesty and McVain?

If the politician is going to vote with the Democrats on most of the issues of the day, I’d rather have a D who I can fight against then an R who is going to stab me in the back.

18-1 on April 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM