Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on May 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

In my short tenure, my focus has been — and will remain — on two things: fighting for conservative principles in the Senate, and working to help elect strong conservatives to win a majority in the Senate in 2014. The Senate is the battlefield to defend liberty.

I was elected because thousands of grassroots conservatives came together to protect the Constitution, shrink the federal government, and promote growth and opportunity. It is a continued source of amazement that the simple fact that I am working hard with like-minded Senators to keep my promise is seen as newsworthy and cause for wild speculation.

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Instead, if Cruz, 42, is not taking out filing papers just yet, he’s doing whatever he can to prolong and intensify his moment as the golden boy of the right. The Princeton and Harvard Law graduate is keenly aware of his place within the national politico-media complex. As much as any up-and-coming Republican, he has proven adept at exploiting the forces that propel GOP politicians to success in the Obama era. And he knows it

“The establishment disdain and mocking, I think, feeds his willingness to continue to do what he’s doing. If he wasn’t being effective or having an impact, we wouldn’t be hearing much about him,” [Dave] Carney said…

Should their party nominate a candidate with Cruz’s record and message, Republicans fear a debacle on the scale of George McGovern’s landslide 1972 defeat. Even some conservative leaders, who are sympathetic to Cruz on policy, privately grumble over his theatrical personal style…

One Republican who has worked with Cruz fumed: “He’s supposed to be the new Cicero, yet when you hear the guy speak, it’s basically 47 minutes of one political cliché stapled to the back of another. ‘We need to stand for freedom.’ Well, great, but what the —— does that mean?”

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“He’s clearly carved out his niche as a conservative guy, and I think he’ll be seen very well overall in South Carolina,” McMullen said of the up-and-comer. “His inexperience, I think, is not going to play well. A lot of people, after Romney, in this state are looking for someone with serious gravitas, who’s able to win an election.”

Adding to Cruz’s challenge, not every DeMint acolyte is yet convinced that the Texan is a natural heir to the former South Carolina senator, who was urged to run for president in 2012 by many supporters but decided ultimately to pass.

“DeMint had never been a bomb-thrower — he was much more careful with his rhetoric,” one former longtime DeMint aide told RCP. “Cruz will say whatever he needs to push the envelope as far as he can. Ted Cruz talks like he’s a walking direct-mail piece.”

According to several South Carolina politicos, Cruz’s tight-knit inner circle has not yet reached out to members of the state’s GOP consultant class, many of whom have in the past been highly sought free agents, able to assist would-be candidates navigate the state’s quirky terrain ahead of each presidential cycle.

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If Rubio is set to become the vaunted hero if the compromise holds, Cruz will be remembered, for better or worse, as the wrecking ball if it crumbles…

But while the adviser insisted Cruz’s position isn’t being calibrated with an eye toward a 2016 White House run, he concedes that being a leader of the opposition to “amnesty” would be helpful in early primary states like South Carolina, where the senator is scheduled to address a state GOP dinner on Friday. National Review reports that Cruz is seriously considering a presidential bid…

“Cruz opposing a security fix that’s needed in immigration reform won’t help,” said John McLaughlin, who conducted the March poll. “On the other hand, if like Sen. Rand Paul he is able to make important changes and helps fix a broken system, he may really boost his standing well beyond his Texas conservative base.”

But some of those who marshal the troops and resources in primary campaigns are not only standing in solidarity with Cruz but notably souring on Rubio.

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There is a deeper problem, I think, with Cruz’s approach to the Senate, which has nothing to do with ideology. The contrast between him and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is telling. Paul is no less conservative than Cruz, but he is polite to a fault, soft spoken and gracious. These qualities serve him well, indeed making some strident positions seem less so. Moreover, Rand Paul is trying to accomplish something. He’s put forth a budget. He’s offered suggestions to amend the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. He’s suggested reforms to our drug laws.

I don’t necessarily agree with his offerings, but he is trying to work within the Senate to accomplish his aims while being respectful and quite cagey. He is trying to expand the party’s reach. What exactly is Cruz doing affirmatively to aid the country, the conservative movement and the GOP? Yelling at people and voting no don’t qualify.

Cruz’s actions suggest an immaturity and lack of sophistication about conservative governance. He might want to apologize to his colleagues for betraying their confidence and sit down and think what it is he wants to do in the Senate. Obstruction is easy; governance is hard. And if the answer is that only hackneyed gestures (e.g. push for repealing Obamacare with a Dem Senate majority, but offer no alternative) that interest him, then the people of Texas are being shortchanged. Worse, he’s doing nothing to suggest he’s a man of stature and future leader in the party.

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The media has typically toasted any Republican who is willing to criticize fellow Republicans. This has been true, at various times, of John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Richard Lugar, Jon Huntsman, Charlie Crist and Bob Bennett, among others. Of course, in such cases, it’s okay, because those politicians have criticized the Republican Party for being too extreme. They were attacking conservatives and fighting conservative ideas. So, when they were criticizing members of their party, they were truth tellers and reasonable Republicans.

So, Cruz’s sin wasn’t criticizing fellow Republicans. It was the fact that he was a conservative daring to criticize more moderate Republicans…

During the Bush era, Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress yet spending soared. Because there weren’t enough conservatives in the House or Senate to stand up to the Bush administration and Congressional leadership, Republicans rammed through the Medicare prescription drug plan and No Child Left behind, among other big government abominations. If more Republicans had Ted Cruz’s attitude back then, taxpayers and local school districts could have been spared from these programs.

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A common wisecrack about senators is that they all want to run for president, so in that sense Cruz’s alleged ambitions are practically part of his job description. Still, it does seem just a little hasty for Cruz to be contemplating a run for the nation’s highest office less than five months into his first term in any office.

That’s where Obama’s example comes in. He joined the Senate in 2005 and started running for president not long thereafter. Granted, it wasn’t Obama’s first elected office; he’d been a state senator in Illinois for eight years before heading to Washington. But Cruz had worked in President George W. Bush’s administration for about three years, so he wasn’t exactly a government novice.

Obama helps Cruz in another important respect. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother but a Cuban father, which would make him an inviting target for the sort of pseudo-experts in constitutional law who challenged Obama’s legitimacy. Remember, the fact that Obama’s father wasn’t a U.S. citizen supposedly made the president something other than a “natural-born citizen,” as required by the Constitution. But the “birther” movement has been so discredited, it would be hard for Democrats to revive those arguments against Cruz.

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If the Internet’s really going to talk about this today, someone’s going to point out that Barack Obama, like Cruz, was a silver-tongued, nonwhite senator who ran for president before completing one term. This doesn’t do justice to Obama’s 2005-2007 ramp-up or take into account Obama’s problems as president. In 2005 and 2006, Obama looked for easy wins on legislation that would make him look bipartisan. You can probably rattle them off: He Worked With Tom Coburn on Earmark Transparency, He Worked With Richard Lugar to Track Down Loose Nukes. Obama entered the national consciousness as a “post-partisan” (and post-racial) character with lots of Republican friends.

Cruz has done the exact opposite. He’s irritated every Democrat—some, like Dianne Feinstein, he’s irritated at a deep, personal, public level—and he’s swiftly made enemies of Republicans like Lindsey Graham, who hint that the guy has no strategy or tact (at least when it comes to what Graham wants). Republicans tell themselves that their next president need only get 51 senators ready to repeal Obamacare, then sign the repeal bill. Assuming Cruz could win, how well could he navigate the legislature?

Conservatives have a hard theory about 2008 and 2012: They nominated moderates and lost to a radical. But George W. Bush ran as a center-right candidate, twice, and passed his major bills with Democratic buy-in. The people who’d back Cruz believe he could totally alter this paradigm. Good luck, I guess?

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Fortunately, the Republican 2016 field thus far remains mercifully free of the charlatans and crackpots who came to the fore in 2012. The early field is intelligent and hard-working. Paul Ryan has immense policy knowledge, Ted Cruz is a brilliant litigator and debater, Marco Rubio has made himself central to the most important legislative initiative of the year. Even Rand Paul has carefully repositioned himself as a sober-minded U.S. Senator, distancing himself from paranoia and bigotry…

The confidence among conservatives that they speak for the silent American majority is fading, a casualty of the 2012 defeat. As a newly self-conscious minority, conservatives are turning their back on the executive branch and rediscovering a base of operations in Congress (where – let’s remember – conservatives predominated from the late 1930s until the early 1960s). The contest for the presidential nomination thus becomes less a vehicle for choosing a potential national leader, and more a theater for arguing movement themes.

If this hypothesis is correct, then Ted Cruz easily could emerge as the dominant figure of the 2016 cycle. Who argues better? And if conservatives have lost faith in their ability to win even if they compromise, as they believe they did in 2012, then why not go with the guy you really like, and who says most eloquently what you most want to hear?

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Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Those rejections are simply par for the course. You collect them as hash marks for service in the field. EVERYONE gets them. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:26 AM

one was mad as he saved the other?

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Wait, was he angry or not lucid?

wolfsDad on May 3, 2013 at 1:26 AM

nonsense and palavar…

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Add “Goblin Song” to the crap I’m supposed to show you when you know me as me. :)

Awesome group – who didn’t write (and didn’t like, even to this day) ‘The Flame’, by the way, hehe.

Played bass in a CT cover band for awhile – great material, lots of fun.

Midas on May 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Kiss. “Beth.”

Craziness.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

wheels in the sky

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I haven’t seen grace on for a minute. I’ve also been working days so I haven’t been up too late.

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

You say that like it’s a bad thing (SP love). :p

kim roy on May 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Another one. I addressed renalin, though it blinds many of you.

You all misunderstand – I am not bluegill. I voted for SP. That ship sailed.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I was joking with you hence the “:p”

A self-identified, unapologetic Palinista here who thinks we’re all the poorer for letting the liberals do what they did.

Ships have a way of finding home port. You never know.

Quit being so cranky all the time.

kim roy on May 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

More Than Words – Extreme

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCiyb2xvAh8

This Axe? :-)

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

More Than Words – Extreme

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

*dons Skidz*

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Wait, was he angry or not lucid?

wolfsDad on May 3, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Ironically, a Shakespeare habit causes you to use ambiguous words that weren’t quite as ambiguous c. 1600. :) — lol

Um. Not lucid. And very near death, too, actually.

Thank you for pointing it out, and for asking. :)

PS: Anyone ever suggests you write hallucinatory madness in first person, pass. :) I still have a headache.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

lol! :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

More Than Words – Extreme

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

That song always reminds me of Rubber Soul.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

This Axe? :-)

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

A poem I wrote that your poem reminded me of. :)

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Diamonds and Rust – Judas Priest

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Nothing

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Good evening, John. Good to see you. :)

The tune is a pretty little ballad with decent harmony. I like it. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

kr, schadenfreude is not crankiness.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I see…. hmmmmmmmmmmm… :-)

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Excellent. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:41 AM

I miss 4Grace too. She’s too good to put on a princess hat, though.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:41 AM

You Send Me – Cooke

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM

The tune is a pretty little ballad with decent harmony. I like it. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I would put that song on a top 10 ballad list. Funny, those guys just evaporated after that.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

kr, schadenfreude is not crankiness.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I should have put a winky after it.

Wish I could have put this in instead: fight

;)

kim roy on May 3, 2013 at 1:46 AM

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

That industry is as tough, and mercurial, as the film/television industy. Of course, it could have been any number of things, but it is a shame. They were talented.

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

sorry.. industry.

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

layla

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

OMG I CAN’T STAND IT

I’m out. I can’t say it and I can’t show it and I’m going to go explode a safe distance from this ridiculous mountain lion that I rescued from under the shed.

^That makes sense, I swear.

Night Jackie. :)

Night everyone. Great tunes.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Cold – Tears for Fears. The Elemental album was the best, when Roland Orzabal was abandoned to write and perform alone. You can hear the pain.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

sorry.. industry.

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

You had it right the first time, and yes, agreed. It’s even more merciless because you have to catch fire before 35.

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Is that what we discussed the other day? The thing that was the thing?

Was it?

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Nitey nite Axe!! God Bless and sleep well.

The lion sleeps at night ;-)

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

John the Libertarian on May 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

In certain respects, not much difference really. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

You’ll never tame it, but it’ll fascinate you, forever.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

:)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Nite Axe!

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

This Magic Moment – The Drifters

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Yes.. I do believe I saw it. :) Goodnight, Axefellow. Sleep… if you can. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

And so, I must away, to slumber yet to sleep so deep, I hope to dream, to quiet restless thoughts and rest my weary soul…

God Bless y’all…

Good Night!!

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Scrumpy on May 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Goodnight, Spritely One. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

this always puts a tear in my eye. i miss dad. my daughter told me today that i taught her what love is. time to call mama.

adiosa: vaya con dios.

my father’s eyes clapton
fred

jrsrigmvr on May 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

jrsrigmvr on May 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

You’ve got a wonderful family, and you’re a wonderful man, Fred. Goodnight. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Harlan Howard

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Nite Scrumpy and nite all!

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Wonderful. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 2:02 AM

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Goodnight, TDC. Thanks for the tunes.:) Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Only You – The Platters

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 2:04 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

Goodnight, Paladin. :)

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Nite Jackie – don’t work so hard on vacation.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Carnival Cruz has zero chance of being president. I’d say he also has zero chance at the nomination. Seeing that this is Palin, Cain and Santorum country, I’d just thought I tell you to spare yourselves of supporting this jack@ss.

rubberneck on May 3, 2013 at 6:33 AM

rubberneck on May 3, 2013 at 6:33 AM

cheer up. sun’s out.

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 6:47 AM

You can tell Cruz is a Conservative by the reaction of the “Romney Supporters”…HA’s equivalent of Rush’s “Seminar Callers”.

O/T: “Florida Sheriff Wants Citizens to Find Someone Who Hates Obama…and Rat on Him” My take.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

You can tell Cruz is a Conservative by the reaction of the “Romney Supporters”…HA’s equivalent of Rush’s “Seminar Callers”.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Yeah, all those Democrats who spent November and December lecturing Republicans just what kind of candidate they needed to support (think blimp-sized NJ jackasses) have morphed somewhere along the line into “Romney supporters.”

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 6:58 AM

cheer up. sun’s out.

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Not good news if rubberneck is a vampire or something.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 6:59 AM

You can tell Cruz is a Conservative by the reaction of the “Romney Supporters”…HA’s equivalent of Rush’s “Seminar Callers”.
kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Oh, really? I know a lot of Romney supporters who support Cruz.

Kingjester, I don’t like how you think you are in a position to say who is and who isn’t a conservative. That’s all you ever do. “Well, if you don’t agree with me, then you are not a conservative.” Apart from parroting Mark Levin, that’s all you do or say on here.

NEWSFLASH: it is possible to be conservative and disagree with Cruz’s style. I happen to love Cruz. But I don’t go around proclaiming people “not real conservatives” if they don’t feel the same way.

I will say, though, that Palin groupies, like you, have embarrassed yourselves terribly whenever Cruz’s name pops up. You guys try to piggyback on his newfound fame by saying things like, “Palin is who we should thank for Cruz,” when that is hardly the case.

bluegill on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Yeah, all those Democrats who spent November and December lecturing Republicans just what kind of candidate they needed to support (think blimp-sized NJ jackasses) have morphed somewhere along the line into “Romney supporters.”

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 6:58 AM

When liberals ‘heart’ a Pub candidate, find someone else to vote for.

Liam on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

NEWSFLASH: it is possible to be conservative and disagree with Cruz’s style. I happen to love Cruz. But I don’t go around proclaiming people “not real conservatives” if they don’t feel the same way.

bluegill on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

NEWSFLASH: People who post this kind of crap only define conservatism along fiscal grounds and hate social conservative matters. They’d trip overthemselves rushing to vote for amnesty for illegals or same-sex marriage because they don’t differ with liberal Democrats on those issues. They then go about demonizing the Republicans who dare stand up for traditional values. They are no better than the filthiest of the supporters of the rat-eared coward.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

When liberals ‘heart’ a Pub candidate, find someone else to vote for.

Liam on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Heh! I knew the 2008 elections were over when the WaPo endorsed McCain in the primaries. Of course they endorsed the rat-eared coward in the general but by that time their work was done.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

+1000

I define my personal Conservatism as adherence to Original Intent of the Constitution.

Liam on May 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Heh! I knew the 2008 elections were over when the WaPo endorsed McCain in the primaries. Of course they endorsed the rat-eared coward in the general but by that time their work was done.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

The liberal media keep trying to set the narrative. Some of us know better than to listen to that!

Liam on May 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

bluegill on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Wait. The very poster who always tries to speak for “all Conservatives” is accusing me of what she does all the cotton-pickin’ time?

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha…I can’t breathe…hahahahahahahaha!

Oh, that’s rich! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

It’s the big one, Elizabeth! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Log – eye – cinder- mine. Un-bu-lievable PDS.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Right on! Right on!

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I can’t think of a single state that Cruz would win that Romney didn’t. In fact, Cruz would lose North Carolina, too.

I enjoy 200 EV beatings. So please, ladies and gentlemen, proceed.

inklake on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM

inklake on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM

You’re a masochist, then?

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 7:38 AM

I can’t think of a single state that Cruz would win that Romney didn’t. In fact, Cruz would lose North Carolina, too.

I enjoy 200 EV beatings. So please, ladies and gentlemen, proceed.

inklake on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM

I can’t think of anything more futile and ridiculous than to make claims about how an election three and a half years off is going to shake out.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

You can tell Cruz is a Conservative by the reaction of the “Romney Supporters”…HA’s equivalent of Rush’s “Seminar Callers”.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

As Romney’s pre-eminent supporter on this site, I fully support Cruz and believe he has the education, intelligence and courage to take on Obama and his slack jawed media. Cruz will be a very effective conservative leader. Your time would be better spent asking why Hot Air puts up an unflattering photo of Cruz where he has a silly smirk on his face and looks like he’s wearing lipstick.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Thank you for your advice, Basil. I reject it in the same snotty spirit in which it was given. How’s President Romney doing?

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Ted Cruz’s “problem” is that when he walks into any room, he’s the smartest guy in that room. He IS the sharpest knife in the drawer.

The democrats and RINO republicans know this. Since they can’t say he is dumb, he has to be evil. That’s the playbook.

p.s. Cruz should challenge Jen Rubin to run for office. She has an awful lot to say for someone not in the game.

monalisa on May 3, 2013 at 7:42 AM

I can’t think of a single state that Cruz would win that Romney didn’t. In fact, Cruz would lose North Carolina, too.

I enjoy 200 EV beatings. So please, ladies and gentlemen, proceed.

inklake on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Minnesota.

We just kicked the snot out of the demorat-controlled state legislature on their stupid gun bill, and the taxes they are looking to hit us with are about as popular as having your legs removed with a chainsaw. We’re tired of the crap here and wide open for fiscal sense.

Bishop on May 3, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Thank you for your advice, Basil. I reject it in the same snotty spirit in which it was given. How’s President Romney doing?

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 7:42 AM

I’m not surprised. You are a slow learner.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

you say that your still proud to be a supporter of romney, when it’s clear now that he was just a stalking horse for obama.

*facepalm*

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

How can one intuit which states Cruz would win or lose? I guess campaigns make no difference. All we need to do is ask some idiot leftist commenting on HotAir.

MPan on May 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

you say that your still proud to be a supporter of romney, when it’s clear now that he was just a stalking horse for obama.

*facepalm*

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

You are another slow learner who spends more time attacking Republicans than Obama. I don’t particularly like Cruz but I will support him wholeheartedly because of his education and professional background, his platform and because he has the best chance of uniting conservatives and defeating the cancer in Washington.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

ohhhhhh, i get it now. everyone else is “slow learner” except you.

an ivy league law degree and for the squishes, thats all it takes, and its amore.

ROFL

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66-G00_8NEI

Like a big pizza pie. That’s amore.

renalin on May 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

I can’t think of anything more futile and ridiculous than to make claims about how an election three and a half years off is going to shake out.
Happy Nomad on May 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Amen. Must be why your called “happy”.
Some though live for it, will spend hours upon hours, doing such.

bazil9 on May 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Basil did a nice hack job on fellow cons here
last year…quite rich.
Even stalking bmore, page to page.

bazil9 on May 3, 2013 at 8:31 AM

How can one intuit which states Cruz would win or lose? I guess campaigns make no difference. All we need to do is ask some idiot leftist poster commenting on HotAir.

MPan on May 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Ain’t just the trolls Bud.

bazil9 on May 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Sarah Palin?
Not any more.
*Y’all still better leave my senator alone!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Basil, you want to run a Left-leaning squish like Romney again, and you call Conservatives “slow learners”?

Wow.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Ok, KJ, I think I might have misunderstood your comment a bit. You put “Romney supporters” in quotes for a reason, right? Meaning people who aren’t truly Romney supporters? I thought you were taking a swipe at those people who supported Romney.

Anyway, regarding Cruz, will shall see now things play out and how the primary campaigns go. People like intake who are already counting EV’s don’t have much to go on and seem a bit silly. Unless a candidate has already been on a national ticket and floundered terribly and later resigned from office before completing a single term (anyone know of someone like that?), it’s hard to know three years out what kind of national candidate they will be.

bluegill on May 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

bluegill on May 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

It seems that bluegills can never get over her Palin phobia.

Even while begging Palin supporters to follow her.

cozmo on May 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

*Y’all still better leave my senator alone!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Cruz? Who is this Cruz guy folks are ranting about?

Is he an affirmative action thing?

cozmo on May 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

You can tell Cruz is a Conservative by the reaction of the “Romney Supporters”…HA’s equivalent of Rush’s “Seminar Callers”.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

As Romney’s pre-eminent supporter on this site, I fully support Cruz and believe he has the education, intelligence and courage to take on Obama and his slack jawed media. Cruz will be a very effective conservative leader. Your time would be better spent asking why Hot Air puts up an unflattering photo of Cruz where he has a silly smirk on his face and looks like he’s wearing lipstick.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Basil, you want to run a Left-leaning squish like Romney again, and you call Conservatives “slow learners”?

Wow.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

As I said kingsjester, you are a slow learner. Thanks for proving my point.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

kingsjester on May 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Hokey or not, I like Ted Cruz. Many of his “talking points” are actually taken right from the Constitution of the USA, highly recommended reading.
I beg your pardon, if I missed it, but I didn’t see anyone mention that Ted Cruz cannot run for President in 2016 because he was born in Canada. Or is that yet another law that the current administration refuses to uphold?

Libertylea on May 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I didn’t see anyone mention that Ted Cruz cannot run for President in 2016 because he was born in Canada. Or is that yet another law that the current administration refuses to uphold?

Even though he was born in Canada, although his father is (or was)a Cuban exile, his mother is an American citizen, so it carries to Ted. It’s whether “natural born” also means exclusively born on U.S. soil.

hawkeye54 on May 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Palin and Cruz, in that order, are the new leaders of the conservative movement.

fight like a girl on May 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

You are another slow learner who spends more time attacking Republicans than Obama. I don’t particularly like Cruz but I will support him wholeheartedly because of his education and professional background, his platform and because he has the best chance of uniting conservatives and defeating the cancer in Washington.

Basilsbest on May 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I don’t particularly like Cruz but I will support him wholeheartedly because of his education and professional background, his platform and because he has the best chance of uniting conservatives and defeating the cancer in Washington.

I support that. Can’t recall your comments regarding Romney, but it’s water under the bridge now anyway. I’m certain everyone, including myself expressed our opinions and reasons, for or against him.
It’s a new day & R’s & D’s are both against Americans & our Country.

That’s my 2 cents.

bluefox on May 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Let’s not get too rambunctious here. Cruz is hardly a Washington outsider. In fact he is the poster boy for an inside the beltway pol. Harvard/Princeton/Clerked at the Supreme Court. In fact, in Texas his conservative Bona Fides are even in queston. Nothing like a well oil machine and a compliant press.

georgeofthedesert on May 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

terrific, can’t wait for the traffic jam. i hope i see the campaigner in chief’s motorcade so i can give him the middle finger

burserker on May 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Every single last bit is predictable if you follow the logic of Hosanna Tabor.

StubbleSpark on May 11, 2013 at 2:04 AM

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