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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Via Mediaite.


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Cruzzzzzzz!!!

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

lol

Evening all

:)

CoffeeLover on May 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Allah, couldn’t you find a less schlumpy photo? :/

cynccook on May 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I don’t care what the twerp says; I am stealing her Senator. :)

melle1228 on May 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

…Bmore!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

MKH tried to violate the “nothing after QOTD” rule. Didn’t work out it seems…

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

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.

Well, Jen, yelling at people and voting yes, like Senator Insane from Arizona, most certainly doesn’t NOT count.

Run a hypothetical match-up between Cruz and the squish-of-your-choice with conservatives only and I’ll bet you whatever you want that you will get your ass handed to you in the same way you did with the others with whom you fell in love.

Anyhoo, when you are next at the White House, give President Romney my regards.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

You know who they fear…and it ain’t Rubio.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

All right. What about governors? What about Martinez?

Allah, couldn’t you find a less schlumpy photo? :/

cynccook on May 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

AP scare quotes “normal” in the context of a man falling in love with a woman and wanting to marry her. Then, without opinions, he wouldn’t be a good writer. I suppose.

. . . maybe it was a point about immaturity . . .

I dunno. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Hmmmm…..

Sen. Ted Cruz dismisses talk of presidential run.

By Gromer Jeffers Jr.
gjeffers@dallasnews.com
6:51 pm on May 2, 2013
***********************

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that he’s not thinking about running for the White House in 2016.

“My focus is entirely on the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said

before speaking at the silver anniversary of the Institute for Policy Innovation.

“Right now the U.S. Senate is the battlefield for preserving liberty.
(More..)
========

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/sen-ted-cruz-dismisses-talk-of-presidential-run.html/

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

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).

Nothing wrong with that.

a capella on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

But the “birther” movement has been so discredited, it would be hard for Democrats to revive those arguments against Cruz

…the Politburo Press may have some say in that!…bombardment of television, radio, and printed materials…well…you know how their mantra works!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Would rather see him run for Perry’s job first.

can_con on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

MKH tried to violate the “nothing after QOTD” rule. Didn’t work out it seems…

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

O no! What was the thread? Another Food Truck Thread. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Allah, couldn’t you find a less schlumpy photo? :/

cynccook on May 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Indeed! Cruz looks like a high school guidance counselor about to weep as his colleagues express their support for his having just telling them he is a homosexual.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

You know who they fear…and it ain’t Rubio.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

absolutely!!!

CoffeeLover on May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Ted Cruz-Conservatism’s and America’s last hope.While others betray and cave,Cruz stands on principle.Rubio’s a traitorous panderer,Rand Paul’s moral relativism masks as libertarianism,Jeb Bush is-well,another Bush,and Chris Christie belongs in the other party.Cruz in 2016!

redware on May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

He hasn’t said anything that pisses me off yet. I like obstruction of bullsh!it. Smashing fienstien was golden. I smiled all day.

It’s simple. Defend the Constitution. I don’t care if the media calls obstructing the rape of the constitution, obstruction.

Obstruct more. Obstruct often.

Oath of office. Honor it. Even if you are only one of ten outta 535.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

“Right now the U.S. Senate is the battlefield for preserving liberty.”

Maybe I am naive, but I believe that he really believes this. We need a fighter. He fights.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Paul is no less conservative than Cruz, but he is polite to a fault, soft spoken and gracious.

Wrong. Paul is a Libertarian, not a conservative. There is a difference.

RoadRunner on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Cruz?

Too early to tell anything. Not to mention, I’m not sure I want another Senator – specifically one with not even a full term under their belt – in the Presidency.

Besides… Santorum’s going to think that the nomination mantle should be his according to history… McCain, Romney… Wasn’t Santorum second?

Logus on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

O no! What was the thread? Another Food Truck Thread. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

It was about the NJ piece by Kraushaar.

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Too establishment. Next.

Punchenko on May 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

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?

This is not a bug – it’s a friggin’ feature.
Anybody who pisses off Diane Feinstein AND Lindsay Graham has my support. I want somebody who stands on principal; we’ve had enough go-along-get-along-don’t-make-waves candidates.

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Never Again

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/05/toon-of-day-never-again.html

Hard, harsh, that one. I’m not arguing with it. It’s just a grimace.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Logus on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I don’t want anyone with Northeastern connections or a spouse who works for Goldman Sachs.

Punchenko on May 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

As long as Cruz,….doesn’t pull a Rand Paul,me thinks…..
Jus say’n!
(sarc).

Sen. Rand Paul endorses former Gov. Mark Sanford for S.C. House seat
April 30, 2013, 12:05PM
***********************

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/apr/30/sen-rand-paul-endorses-former-gov-mark-sanford-sc-/

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Logus on May 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Jeb has been waiting since 2005.

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Would rather see him run for Perry’s job first.

can_con on May 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Okay. I don’t disagree that broadened experience is important. But then, who is at the top of your list for 2016 at this very early date? Rubio went all Icarus on us. Paul is turning out to be just as looney as his dad on certain aspects of social issues. Want to run Romney again?

I’m a long way from backing anybody but Cruz continues to impress where others have not. Rubio is dead to me after he has lied his ass off for so long about what is in that immigration bill.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

You know who they fear…and it ain’t Rubio.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Yes – you can tell by their unprecedented behavior:

It’s Sarah Palin!

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Never Again

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/05/toon-of-day-never-again.html

Hard, harsh, that one. I’m not arguing with it. It’s just a grimace.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

All that’s missing is some kind of grand lie, over the gate, like Arbeit Macht Frei

Brilliant work RWM!

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Indeed! Cruz looks like a high school guidance counselor about to weep as his colleagues express their support for his having just telling them he is a homosexual.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

LOL! You made me wake up the puppy!

cynccook on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Jeb has been waiting since 2005.

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Well I hope he brought plenty of change for the meter. Look, dude’s own Mommy doesn’t think he should run….

cynccook on May 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Jeb has been waiting since 2005.

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

For a bus that isn’t ever coming.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Hard, harsh, that one. I’m not arguing with it. It’s just a grimace.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

In this particular case, it should. Art should speak to us and political art should have a deep – even visceral – effect on us. Ramirez is brilliant in that way because not only can he impact you emotionally, he usually does it in a crisp, sharp dagger-like manner.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

It’s Sarah Palin!

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Way to go! I haven’t seen bluegill in weeks, and you pull a stunt like that!!! I guess I better call Rusty….;-)

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I like Ted Cruz, I do. I think he is one of the best guys who has been sent to the Senate in some time.

One of Palin’s shrewdest picks.

However, he should fire whomever decided to leak this 2016 garbage. He’s four months into the job. People in Texas are going to expect him to be a Texas Senator for awhile.

This speculation isn’t going to help him.

victor82 on May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

MKH tried to violate the “nothing after QOTD” rule. Didn’t work out it seems…

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Looked like an interesting thread, too – I was trying to post when it crashed!

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

We lose the house or don’t gain the Senate, we wo’n't make it to 2016.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

All that’s missing is some kind of grand lie, over the gate, like Arbeit Macht Frei

Brilliant work RWM!

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I only wish that I could take credit for it. That is the work of a true national treasure, Michael Ramirez. He is absolutely astonishingly good.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

O/T: whose niece was it who was given the cochlear implants and she was being videotaped as she was able to hear for the first time? She is on a commercial now! I was so shocked, I didn’t see what was being advertised!

herm2416 on May 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

In this particular case, it should. Art should speak to us and political art should have a deep – even visceral – effect on us. Ramirez is brilliant in that way because not only can he impact you emotionally, he usually does it in a crisp, sharp dagger-like manner.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Tough subject that desperately needs to be addressed. Ramirez is genius. Good evening Sophie. Pleasure to see you.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Saying you’re only focusing on the work before you is the answer every politician gives when asked whether they’re running for president.

crrr6 on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Brilliant work RWM!

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Arbeit Macht Frei

For learners what still learning things. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Never Again

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Resist We Much:

Amen,on that.I watched a documentry the other day,on saving the
Jewish Children,from the trains,in WW2,Polands Warsaw Ghetto,
and the Polish men,and especially the women,in the Underground
resistance,who were able to smuggle them out,rename them,kept
a record,of the real families,and move them to the Catholic con
vents,and then the re-union,of the children,and those that saved
them afterwards,and the miracalus father/mother/child reunion,of
those that survived the Death Camps!!

Talk about tears,and in the case of Gosnell,the trains never stopped,
and there was no one to rescue them,a helleva good image caption—:)

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I

t’s Sarah Palin!

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Way to go! I haven’t seen bluegill in weeks, and you pull a stunt like that!!! I guess I better call Rusty….;-)

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Yeah – now that you mention it – it’s kind of like a dinner bell in the Appalachiams!

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Anyhoo, when you are next at the White House, give President Romney my regards.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Girlfriend, you definitely are into the stiletto thing, apparel and fun.

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

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.

Well, Jen, yelling at people and voting yes, like Senator Insane from Arizona, most certainly doesn’t NOT count.

Run a hypothetical match-up between Cruz and the squish-of-your-choice with conservatives only and I’ll bet you whatever you want that you will get your ass handed to you in the same way you did with the others with whom you fell in love.

Anyhoo, when you are next at the White House, give President Romney my regards.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Bah. What a dumb woman. It’s only been a few months. What does she expect – rewriting the tax code???

How about standing up for the constitution through the 2nd amendment and keeping the trough pigs honest? That seems like a lot to me in a short period of time.

kim roy on May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Love what he is doing to those over-inflated bags of wind in the senate. Apologize to those blowhards? Never. They are the ones who should apologize to the American public for allowing the US Constitution to be watered down. God protect and save Senator Cruz.

Panther on May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I only wish that I could take credit for it. That is the work of a true national treasure, Michael Ramirez. He is absolutely astonishingly good.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I meant this in the sense of keen eye, RWM, or good catch!

You post a lot of impactful stuff, and detail/support your positions well.

In an earlier HA age, you’d be a worthwhile green room contributor, and are valued here.

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

it’s kind of like a dinner bell in the Appalachiams!

williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Speakin’ of which, the Gulch is about to turn 50. We have cake.

Fallon on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

LOVE me some Ted Cruz. Also like Gov. Martinez. Did anybody see that special on Fox about data-mining? I’m inclined to think it won’t matter who we run or what they stand for, since the Obama machine can just turn out more votes. After seeing that program, it made me thing that the whole GOP debate of whether to turn moderate or conservative might just be moot.

And haring that Karl Rove is on the team again…well, groan.

Jackalope on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

a helleva good image caption

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I think it’s the image caption that’s making me grimace. :)

Evening Canada. Great to see you.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I’m off the Rubio bandwagon and with Cruz if he remains solid.

El_Terrible on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

For learners what still learning things. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Thanks for the assist!

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I prefer Jindal for the top job. I think Cruz definitely needs to get some state level executive experience first, or at least get some legislation under his belt.

can_con on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You post a lot of impactful stuff, and detail/support your positions well.

In an earlier HA age, you’d be a worthwhile green room contributor, and are valued here.

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Absolutely. Soeaking of which, does anyone else miss the old Green Room? It was way better than the new one, IMO.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Arbeit Macht Frei

For learners what still learning things. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Axe:

So true,I watched alot of the German atrocities that were filmed by US G.I’s,at an early age,er..I mean that that the Nazi’s filmed,and
the US Military found,as eveidence!

Maybe thats why I’m such a supporter of Israel:)

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

And haring that Karl Rove is on the team again…well, groan.

Jackalope on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Jackalopey, good to see you. Hope things are fine. As for Karl Rove, he still looks like a child molester. That is straight from mrs. ziffel. She’s too kind.

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Where’s nonP? There must be spaghettio’s all over the walls. Microwave accident.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

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.

You can almost see the author’s pouting bottom lip quivering as he typed it.

Buddahpundit on May 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

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).

I admire Cruz more for hacking off Miss Lucy that Feinstein.

bw222 on May 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Absolutely. Soeaking of which, does anyone else miss the old Green Room? It was way better than the new one, IMO.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Yep, it definitely had more flavor, back when; I miss some of the guest posters, but things do change. I do like some of the “short and sweet” character of the new GR, but still think they could have mixed in some of the new style stuff with the old format.

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I admire Cruz more for hacking off Miss Lucy that Feinstein.

bw222 on May 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I could watch reruns of that for a while.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I’ve been waiting for you, Arnold. :)

Later we can have that sandwich together that you promised me. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Saying you’re only focusing on the work before you is the answer every politician gives when asked whether they’re running for president.

crrr6 on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

crrr6:

Good point,just like Obama’s…..

..”We are Five Days away from Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America”!

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Where’s nonP? There must be spaghettio’s all over the walls. Microwave accident.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Mensa meeting.

RickB on May 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Where’s nonP? There must be spaghettio’s all over the walls. Microwave accident.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:36 PM

She/he/it took up skeet shooting, missed, destroying the law certs and blowing apart her/his/it’s “nobles”.

nobar on May 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Hello Darlin’ – Conway Twitty

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I just don’t get much out of it, and it is sparsely utilized. It has a feel to me that they wanted to get rid of the old feature and someone said “We can just put this there instead”. Like I said, just my opinion.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

RWM- Beck hit on the CA uegenics nazi thing today. Briefly.

wolly4321 on May 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

– Aside, for anyone that might trip over it and has OT time — Anyone else ever written a letter you can’t send, saying something you couldn’t say? — And what did you do with the letter?

So true,I watched alot of the German atrocities that were filmed by US G.I’s,at an early age,er..I mean that that the Nazi’s filmed,and
the US Military found,as eveidence!

Maybe thats why I’m such a supporter of Israel:)

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

:) lol “er” part.

I think I’m probably just a Jew lover. The people I’ve looked up to? Lots of Jews. The girl me boy married? Amazing. The people trying to kill me? Not Jews. Well, not observant Jews anyway. Etc. etc. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Later we can have that sandwich together that you promised me. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

And your “shadowy friends,” mind. :)

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Little Wing – SRV

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

I’ve been waiting for you, Arnold. :)

Later we can have that sandwich together that you promised me. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

1 corned beef sammich with cabbage and mustard coming right up.
What would you like to drink? Sparkling water?

SparkPlug on May 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Yes.. I thought that was very generous of Arnold to include … *cough*.. my shadowy friends. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Hello Darlin’ – Conway Twitty

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I’ll see your Conway and raise you George Jones – Bartender’s Blues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-bmdIvwOyM

(Heh, I thought James Taylor wrote it, lol.)

Fallon on May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Thank you!

Girlfriend, you definitely are into the stiletto thing, apparel and fun.

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

lol. I’m actually writing a piece on Jen Rubin and her call to ‘forget Reagan, embrace moderation, and make peace with FDR.’ It’s called ‘Rubin’s Rump,’ which is what her advice would make the GOP. I’m going back to Wilson and coming through looking at the Rubins then and now. It’s not pretty.

kim roy on May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

She expects him to pay his dues and respect his elders. You know, like kiss Sen Insane’s ass…don’t know which one. I see one running on television or in video clips a lot. I wouldn’t kiss it and I certainly wouldn’t kiss his lower one.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Hey, yourself!

*waves*

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I just don’t get much out of it, and it is sparsely utilized. It has a feel to me that they wanted to get rid of the old feature and someone said “We can just put this there instead”. Like I said, just my opinion.

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Your whole demeanour’s changed. You probably don’t realize it. You are much more relaxed and confident. It’s kinda trippy. :)

/jt

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

SparkPlug on May 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Good evening, Spark. :) Actually, you wouldn’t happen to have a moon bean cress sandwich and a nice moon bean sparkling wine would you? :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I’ve been waiting for you, Arnold. :)

Later we can have that sandwich together that you promised me. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Good deal, you are very special. Chicken w/mozzarella, roasted red peppers, red onions and vinaigerette or Pastrami w/swiss, mustard on a rye roll? You tell me, I’m your slave.

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Hello lovely Moon goddess. Actually lovely can’t describe your beauty, but Sparky borrowed my thesaurus and hasn’t brought it back. Umm, Why Conway Twitty tonight?

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I think it’s the image caption that’s making me grimace. :)

Evening Canada. Great to see you.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Axe:

Agreed on the caption.Great to see you as well,I have been battling
a cold/chest infection since about April 12,and it drains ya,final-
ly went to the Emerge last night,in and out in less than an hour,and
the intaker/nurse,is from across the ditch,in Michigan,anywho she
commutes over the bridge daily,and stated,that both Hospitals are
about the same,in performance and quality,…found that interesting!

They gave me this,prescription,CO-Azithromycin,to clear out the
ick and yellowish gunk…yes(Too Much Info),…haha:)

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Hey, Bro. I forgot you had green eyes, too. I’m a day late and a dollar short on these threads, as usual…

Fallon on May 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Mensa meeting.

RickB on May 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

lol

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Fallon on May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Always love George Jones, Fallon. :) Excellent choice.

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Anything you choose would be wonderful, Arnold. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Mr. Jones was laid to rest today.

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

How Progressives Killed Robert Goldstein Through Censorship, Police State Tactics, Unconstitutional Laws, & Railroading All The Way Into A Cattlecar On The Road To A Nazi Concentration Camp

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Resist We Much:I promise,to give’em a look see,thanks:)

canopfor on May 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Toon of the Day: Never Again

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/05/toon-of-day-never-again.html

Wow, impact. Tear.

@Ken..yes..miss old greenroom.

Cruz..Good for now..but I take the wait and see approach.
I don’t do the Rubio!, Christie! Doc! deal. Fresh still..but me likes so far.

bazil9 on May 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Really? I hadn’t thought about it. It is kinda funny how you can “feel” people here after a while. Shouldn’t put it that way. Here comes Sparky…

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Good evening, Ken. :) Wonderful to see you. Why not Conway Twitty? I’m on vacation, you know. :)

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

You know who they fear…and it ain’t Rubio.
KCB on May 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Yes – you can tell by their unprecedented behavior:
It’s Sarah Palin!
williamg on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Ugh, no. Palin is a bigger joke than Trump. Please, the less heard from Palin, the better.

bluegill on May 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

massrighty on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

A sight for sore eyes. :)

bazil9 on May 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

‘We need to stand for freedom.’ Well, great, but what the —— does that mean?”

So you don’t know what “freedom” means but you knew what “hope and change” meant, right ?

burrata on May 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Great job with the chum bag william

bazil9 on May 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

arnold ziffel on May 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

thatsafactjack on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

SparkPlug on May 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Don’t fall for that Sparkling water thing. It’s not what you think.

Axe on May 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

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