Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on September 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted Cruz any day.

Today, Senator Cruz has taken the fight to defund ObamaCare to the Senate floor. I hope you will join me in standing with him in solidarity.

As Republicans, we must remain true to our principles and fight to protect the American people from this reckless law…

Join me and stand with Ted today. Sign our pledge and tell Harry Reid to defund ObamaCare immediately!

- Reince Priebus

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Critics question his motives, though — is this about his principles or about presidential aspirations?…

“If you get outside of Washington, D.C., there is a frustration with Washington that is palpable. When you ask your constituents what are the problems you’re facing, over and over again, the answer that comes back is Obamacare is killing jobs, is taking away my health insurance, is driving up my premiums, is causing small businesses to shrink, to go out of business. If we listen to the American people, that should be our priorities,” [Cruz] told CNN this week…

On the other hand, Cruz’ principled stand can help to grow a movement of disenchanted conservative voters. If a groundswell of conservative grassroots activists grows between now and 2016 — and their financial support – Cruz could have carved out a path to the Republican nomination.

“I think what Senator Cruz understands is that he has more to gain from adhering to his principles, staying in touch with the grass roots here and around the country than he does being friends with other senators,” Brendan Steinhauser, a leading Texas tea party activist who worked to get Cruz elected, said.

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Ted Cruz isn’t popular among his Republican colleagues in the Senate or the House. He doesn’t care. Ted Cruz isn’t going to be the Senate majority (or minority) leader. He doesn’t care. Ted Cruz isn’t going to be the GOP’s establishment pick for just about any office. He doesn’t care.

What Cruz does care about is that among the Republican base he is known as a populist outsider who cares about them and not the ways of Washington. That he, alone among his colleagues, is willing to put principle first and do everything he can to oppose Obamacare. That, after months of asking for a piece of legislation that would defund Obamacare, Cruz is walking the walk in his opposition to the law…

Cruz’s speech — he’s been going for roughly two and a half hours as of this writing — has repeatedly driven that point home. Time and again he noted that the Senate chamber is empty aside from him, that no one — in either party — is willing to stand on principle against this law. He riffed on those — in both parties — who have criticized his approach to the issue. He condemned Washington for its obsession with the political game and its blindness toward the concerns of real Americans. He has touted himself as the light-shiner on all of this, a force of transparency exposing the underbelly of Washington.

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“You know, it is fascinating how many politicians in Washington think this isn’t even worth our time. Mr. President, I will point out, as is usually the case, almost always the case, the Senate floor is largely empty. Everyone’s schedules are apparently busy enough that standing up, coming together to stop Obamacare doesn’t make it onto the priority list. We ought to have all 100 Senators on this floor around the clock until we come together and stop Obamacare,” Cruz said…

“You know, sometimes people in the Senate behave as if they have no bosses, as if they’re autonomous rulers … They behave like kings and queens of their own kingdoms. And yet, Mr. President, every one of us has a whole lot of bosses,” Cruz went on, referring to the constituents who elect them…

“Just today, I’ve heard multiple senators complaining [about] too many phone calls from my constituents,” the Texas Senator said. “What a remarkable complaint. What a remarkable complaint.”

“What a broken system. We work for the people. And why are the people unhappy with Washington, why are they disgusted with Washington? Because Washington isn’t listening to them,” he went on.

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The moment marked the climax of a spreading rift between Cruz, the combative champion of grassroots conservatives, and most of the rest of the Republican Party. Around Washington, consultants warned that Cruz’s antics tarnished the GOP brand. Inside the Capitol, colleagues grumbled that his showboating boxed in House Republicans by delaying Senate Democrats’ inevitable victory. “I know how this movie ends,” groused Senator John McCain. “I know all the scenes.”…

Irking the rest of the Senate is not the collateral damage of his strategy; it is the whole plan. ”All those comments only empower him,” Republican strategist Dave Carney told me last summer as I reported a magazine profile of Cruz. “The mark of a scarlet letter today is being part of that club.”

In other words, Cruz sees most Senate peers not as potential friends, but as useful foils. Nor was his plan to outmaneuver Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who deftly slalomed around Cruz’s procedural efforts to delay a vote that will proceed as scheduled on Wednesday. “Most Americans couldn’t give a flying flick about a bunch of politicians in Washington,” Cruz said. But the “surrender caucus,” as he once called them, is Cruz’s biggest asset. As long as he can portray them as spineless, he gets to stand tall.

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“His fellow senators don’t know where he is coming from,” Rove said. “Sunday morning sitting in the green room waiting for ‘Fox News Sunday’ to begin, I get a call from a senator whom I don’t know too well who said to me ‘Do you know what he is going to say? Because I don’t. I’m a senator and I have no idea what his end game is. I’m going to be watching this in order to figure out what he thinks we should do next.’”

According to Rove, Cruz hasn’t participated in the Thursday morning meetings held by Senate Republicans to lay out his plans for the week, thus not convincing many of his colleagues to support his tactics.

“He should not be surprised — we should not be surprised if their response is ‘We are not going to be dictated to by somebody who doesn’t bother to tell us what he is going to do until after he has made up his mind,’” Rove said.

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Like a light switch flipping on, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are casting light on the scurrying of Republican roaches in and out of the Capitol. Republican congressmen and Senators are now openly attacking Cruz and Lee. Outside groups like Americans for Tax Reform and outside media interests like the Wall Street Journal are amplifying attacks made by the establishment GOP against conservatives. Lobbyists are up in arms…

But more importantly, and this is the bit the GOP and its media allies simply have not understood — the Cruz strategy would never work in and of itself. It required stronger, braver souls than the GOP currently has to offer. It does, however, throw such a light on these Republicans that it will make it both easier to challenge them in primaries and, more importantly, make it much, much harder for them to cooperate with the Democrats on Obamacare fixes. Win or lose, Cruz and Lee have boxed in both the Democrats and the Republicans into positions that will make it more difficult for them to nuance their way out of.

In short, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have, whether they can muster the support or not in this round, ensured the GOP cannot begin collaborating with the Democrats to fix what the voters want repealed. And you can be sure that they would be working to fix it, despite all their rhetoric otherwise. You can be sure of that because Ted Cruz’s fight has proven just how empty their rhetoric really is.

Republican base voters have, for quite a while, distrusted their leaders. Now, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, they know why and they know who, on the inside, they should be listening too.

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Cruz makes mistakes; everybody does. But he thinks before he acts, and his critics should appreciate that he has a plan.

The plan is obvious enough: to emerge as the next acknowledged political leader of American conservatism in the apostolic succession that begins with Robert Taft, continued through Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, and has had no agreed successor since Newt Gingrich’s retirement from Congress in 1998. Since then, radio and TV talking heads have displaced politicians as the standard bearers of the conservative cause. But a political movement inescapably requires political leadership—and that position has been vacant too long. The electric response among conservatives to Rand Paul’s drone filibuster—despite the many ways in which Rand Paul’s libertarian politics slant against the grain of conservatives in the country—shows the avid hunger among conservatives to see that vacancy filled

Obviously, Ted Cruz is going to lose his confrontation over Obamacare. In losing, however, he will taint his possible rivals—including Rand Paul—as pitiful members of the “surrender caucus.” Only he will stand brave and true, like Mel Gibson playing Braveheart. The Wall Street Journal calls his campaign “kamikaze.” But the art of political leadership includes a shrewd understanding of how to engineer the right political defeat, for the right audience.

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In 2012, President Obama said the “most important lesson” of his first term was that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.” What is required is populist pressure from the outside. This was an odd claim on two counts. First, it’s not true. His signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was an entirely inside affair, an ugly partisan one involving mercenary horse-trading and countless backroom deals with industry and unions. Second, Obama, the community organizer, always believed salvation lay in organizing a movement. It was the premise at the heart of his 2008 campaign in which he told adoring throngs, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”…

If Cruz’s effort fails — and I fear it will — it will be for the same reasons that Obama’s second term has been such a legislative dud. The way you bring change to Washington is through elections. After the elections, change comes from the unsightly sausage-making processes of politics. Both Cruz and Obama have palpable disdain for the consensus-building and glad-handing that these processes require.

Of course, there are huge differences between Obama and Cruz — the most important is that they have completely divergent philosophies. That may matter most, but it isn’t everything. The inside game matters too. Cruz likes pointing out Obama’s failures; he should also learn from them.

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“Obamacare isn’t working,” he continued. “And yet, fundamentally, there are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people.”

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Via Politico.


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It only works because of our pride–what if they call me a bad name.

And yet, conservative resistance has been utterly intractable under this President in the Senate and in the House. So, calling people racist clearly isn’t working for the “PC Police” or whomever. Given that, why are you still so steam pressed about being called a racist?

libfreeordie on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Ad nauseum Bluegill. Give it up. See your shrink or something because you’re obsessed with her. You act as if she stole your true love.
Don L on September 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM

I just think she’s FAR from our most qualified potential candidate. Is that such a crazy opinion to have? Choosing Palin over people like Cruz and Rand would be like choosing Burger King French fries over fine cuisine. Like choosing a Ford Pinto over a Mercedes CL 600. We (potentially) have better options for president than her.

bluegill on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

I hope no one still believes that Obama was selected because of his staunch character, vast experience, love for the country, desire to help the little guy.

Don L on September 25, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Still believes? Some of us saw this lazy stupid thin-skinned rat for what he is from the beginning. We were not swayed by the “give him a chance” BS after the 2008 election. Affirmative action hires are always sub-standard performers because competent minorities stand on their own without lowering the bar.

Obama has no character. He has always stood for one thing- whatever the hell he needed to say or do to get to the next higher elective office.

Obama has no experience. And the Presidency is not a job that should entail OJT.

Obama is no patriot. Not only was he not raised as an American, he hates this nation and all it stands for. He holds his hand to his crotch when the Pledge of Allegience is said. He attacks our traditional allies and reaches out to our enemies. He is a traitor in every aspect of the word. A lazy stupid traitor.

And as for looking out for the little guys? If that were true he would be first in line to defund Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Is it ebt recharge day? wtf are these godless reprobates doing up so early?

Murphy9 on September 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM

mika was bashing him for that….wanted to scream

if Wendy did that, they would have ooohed and aaahed that she talked to her kids on the floor….

hypocrites

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Well of course she did. As we say in the South- Bless her heart.

I did wonder if Ted was wearing red sneakers and had a catheter with him. Those seemed to be what most endeared Wendy to the left.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:04 AM

And yet, conservative resistance has been utterly intractable under this President in the Senate and in the House. So, calling people racist clearly isn’t working for the “PC Police” or whomever. Given that, why are you still so steam pressed about being called a racist?
libfreeordie on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

How dare you minimize and try to dismiss the disgusting slander and attempted character assassination by Obama worshipers. How dare you ask why victims of attempted character assassination should care about being slandered.

The truth about race and Obama is that blacks voted for him because of his skin color. He’s our affirmative action president. The truly racist people are the affirmative action supporters and the people who didn’t vote for Romney because of his skin color.

bluegill on September 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Is it ebt recharge day?

Murphy9 on September 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Nothing like that. The lazy stupid thin-skinned rat has had a very bad couple of weeks. Not even the leader of a terrorist state wants to be seen with the bastard. Outrage is building over Obamacare (no matter what the Senate vote is going to do). The Middle East is in flames. The economy sucks. The government is about to shut down because Dems refuse to compromise……

An all-hands-on-deck alarm went out to all the trolls. Expect to see much of them in the coming hours and days. Calling everybody who disagrees with this bastard as a racist.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:04 AM

those cute little shoes
blech

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

An all-hands-on-deck alarm went out to all the trolls. Expect to see much of them in the coming hours and days. Calling everybody who disagrees with this bastard as a racist.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

guaranteed

lsm needs to find a new squirrel

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.“A lot of members of this body have — at least so far — not showed up to battle,” Cruz said, repeatedly referring to the empty chairs in the Senate chamber while he talked. “The chattering class is quick to discipline anyone who doesn’t fall in line.”
My take: “Senator Ted Cruz: Filibustering for Freedom”

kingsjester on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

O/T just to lighten the mood now that vermin are begining to show up and spew BS-

Semper Tie…

A former Sergeant in the Marine Corps took a new job as a high school teacher. Just before the school year started, he injured his back. He was required to wear a thin plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school. The smart-aleck punks, having already heard the new teacher was a former Marine, were leery of him and he knew they would be testing his discipline in the classroom.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.

Dead silence…The rest of the year went very smoothly.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.
Dead silence…The rest of the year went very smoothly.
Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

That’s great!!!!

bluegill on September 25, 2013 at 7:12 AM

The Sword of Palin still standing tall on the senate floor.

renalin on September 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

It’s another day to FIGHT THEM!!!!

Get your phones at the ready.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

PappyD61 on September 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

My take: “Senator Ted Cruz: Filibustering for Freedom”

kingsjester on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Not technically a filibuster KJ. I know…. it is a distinction without difference.

I do indeed stand with Ted. The more the triceratops class of Republican object the more I know that the party needs to return to standing on principle not electability. What the House does when the Senate returns the bill with Obamacare funding restored will be a test of the GOP leadership and many of us will be watching closely. What I do not want to hear from Boehner or Cantor is the idea that we’ll defer everything to the debt ceiling debate.

Time for the GOP to stand up for ideas and principles and not “go along to get along” status quo.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:16 AM

An all-hands-on-deck alarm went out to all the trolls. Expect to see much of them in the coming hours and days. Calling everybody who disagrees with this bastard as a racist.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Granted, but what I’ve been seeing and hearing more of, lately, is that his opposition is composed of hypocritical CHRISTIANS, not following scriptures that ‘they’ misquote and mangle to fit their agenda.
Waaay beyond the ‘bitter clingers’ point, lately. Vicious stuff lately.
Be prepared.

pambi on September 25, 2013 at 7:18 AM

The Sword of Palin still standing tall on the senate floor.

renalin on September 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

rolled . . . on the floor . . . laughed . . . my ass off. :)

That was perfect.

Axe on September 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM

what I’ve been seeing and hearing more of, lately, is that his opposition is composed of hypocritical CHRISTIANS, not following scriptures that ‘they’ misquote and mangle to fit their agenda.

pambi on September 25, 2013 at 7:18 AM

You mean like the Charlie Rangel thread where, supposedly, Christ brought up social security? This is teeing up the idea that healthcare is a moral imperitive and a God-given right. That means dissent is immoral and anti-Christian.

To that all I can do is cite this.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Mornin’ all. I was so pissed about that staffer of Cornyn’s telling me JC was totally-completely-in every way-absolutely on board with Cruz I ventured a call back at 5:50 pm CST and got another one. Told her I did not appreciate being lied to and would do all I could to work against JC in the primary.

Another thing. I don’t like unsourced news but Mathew Doyle at Brietbart was spot on. Allah used good judgment to link his article.

It has been eye opening to learn of the extent of laziness and out right contempt the representatives of our party have for us. I will be glad to witness the purging of the GOP deadwood.

DanMan on September 25, 2013 at 7:33 AM

It has been eye opening to learn of the extent of laziness and out right contempt the representatives of our party have for us. I will be glad to witness the purging of the GOP deadwood.

DanMan on September 25, 2013 at 7:33 AM

IMO it boils down to this. The GOP leadership is so full of themselves and perceived “smart strategy” that they don’t understand that the base stands with what Cruz is saying and not lectures on parliamentary tactics and promises that the next battle is a better venue for the debate.

The reality is that they are afraid of losing their power. I would suggest we should help them make their fears a reality if they cave on this one.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Fox this a,m, referring to this as Cruz’s “Faux Fillibuster”.

justonevictory on September 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Is Fox & Friends covering this at all?!

Saxby Chambliss is on with Mika Boobinski, and Fox & Friends is doing one fluff piece (Wonder Bread) after another (local school sports). Next: BABIES!!

Marcus on September 25, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Fox this a,m, referring to this as Cruz’s “Faux Fillibuster”.

justonevictory on September 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Yeah, they are calling it pseudo fillibuster on my local NBC news affiliate…

OmahaConservative on September 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Fox this a,m, referring to this as Cruz’s “Faux Fillibuster”.

justonevictory on September 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Yeah, they are calling it pseudo fillibuster on my local NBC news affiliate…

OmahaConservative on September 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Technically it isn’t a filibuster. The outcome in the Senate is already known though it takes a few steps to do it. The real question at this point, IMO, is what the House is going to do when they get their bill back with Obamacare funding restored. I would hope that at a minimum Cruz’s long speech helps stiffen spines in the House.

Put simply, I want the House to tell the Senate that putting funding for Obamacare into the budget isn’t in the cards. Let it go to conference with the government shut down until the Dems stop acting like spoiled children and come up with a reasonable approach to fixing the train wreck that is Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

kingsjester on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

another great take KJ

:)

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

love how the lsm is twisting this around…they are laughing at cruz for filibustering the house bill….he’s speaking against reid’s version that would get rid of the defund part of the CR

get with the program idiots…

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Fox this a,m, referring to this as Cruz’s “Faux Fillibuster”.

justonevictory on September 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Yeah, they are calling it pseudo fillibuster on my local NBC news affiliate…

OmahaConservative on September 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

It’s fitting. Pseudo-news organizations covering a faux representative government should probably prepend “faux” or “pseudo” to pretty much everything. Same as getting a virtual kiss from your virtual significant other, and less insulting than scare-quoting “journalist” (they hate that) and “representative.”

Axe on September 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

your perspective is peerless Happy Nomad

DanMan on September 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Choosing Palin over people like Cruz and Rand would be like choosing Burger King French fries moose steak BBQ over fine cuisine. Like choosing a Ford Pinto F-150 Raptor over a Mercedes CL 600. We (potentially) have better options for president than her.

bluegill on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Depends where you’re going.

the_nile on September 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The Sword of Palin still standing tall on the senate floor.

renalin on September 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

That’s why I come here… :)

Holy smokes, Cruz is doing well.

Fallon on September 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Ad nauseum Bluegill. Give it up. See your shrink or something because you’re obsessed with her. You act as if she stole your true love.
Don L on September 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM

I just think she’s FAR from our most qualified potential candidate. Is that such a crazy opinion to have? Choosing Palin over people like Cruz and Rand would be like choosing Burger King French fries over fine cuisine. Like choosing a Ford Pinto over a Mercedes CL 600. We (potentially) have better options for president than her.

bluegill on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

…and reading any of your postings is like “eating dog poop”!

Amjean on September 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM

a racist

libfreeorgan on September 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

…time to put on your pull ups and… go to class!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Happy Nomad on September 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Yes, but also from the ‘grass roots’ libbies I’m in contact with on a personal basis, even before good ole Charlie spewed his self-righteous garbage.
They TRULY, DEEPLY believe they are fulfilling the will of God, providing for others, etc. therefore OUR souls are at stake for promoting ANY limits. Crazy libs.
Not one consideration for the actual truths of the scripture, nor the immorality of wealth distribution/confiscation.

Sigh.

pambi on September 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

I AM incredibly fracking annoying.

libfreeorgan on September 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM

…fixed!…make that a diaper…forget the pull-up!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

cmsinaz on September 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on September 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Wow, just look at what all the big money from lobbiest, big corporations, etc, have bought: mcconnell, cornyn, a bunch of other ‘moderate republicans’ that can easily be bought. They are not loyal to their voters. A bunch of them have to be primaried and replaced next election. If only the Tea Partiers and real conservatives will stick together, we can get it done!
GET ‘ER DONE!!!!!

boogieboy on September 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

here’s one for Schad:

Piano Concerto No. 2

novaculus on September 25, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Thank you, nova.

Schadenfreude on September 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

But they are collecting these coins like it is no one’s business.

libfreeordie on September 25, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Actually, it is their business.
They built it, they own it.
We buy into it by coming here, or save our coins by not.
Freedom to choose: it’s the American way.

(However, complaining about the service is also an American tradition;
so you are a conservative after all!)

AesopFan on September 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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