Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on September 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

“Where is the outrage?” Cruz asked at one point.

The message is crystal clear: I get why Democrats are acting the way they are, but I don’t understand why Republicans aren’t doing more to stand by me.

Cruz’s speech then is rightly understood as an indictment of his own party, a party unwilling — in the Texas senator’s mind — to stand on principle when the moment requires it. As we wrote Monday, from the moment Cruz started talking Tuesday, it was clear that this speech had lots (and lots) of 2016 overtones — and his focus on how he was the one true standard-bearer for the cause is obviously a (potentially) potent message in a GOP presidential primary.

Cruz’s rhetoric won’t win him any goodwill among the GOP establishment in Washington. And that’s just how he wants it.

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Ted Cruz and Mike Lee will not get the forty-one votes they need to sustain their filibuster. They will be betrayed by Republican senators who are willing to fund Obamacare while claiming to vote against it. But in this filibuster and in their brilliant strategy, they have exposed Republicans who will not fight. They have exposed Republicans who are so desperate for their own reelection they will say or do anything when they could not bother in off years. They have shown Republicans that there are Republicans who are willing to stand up to Barack Obama and to the cowards within their own party.

They have also exposed a lot of people on the outside as frauds. To be sure, there are conservatives who have legitimate reasons to disagree with this strategy. But there are a whole lot who have been exposed as finger lickin’ frauds — willing to put their finger to the wind of beltway opinion to chart their course.

The Beltway Republican pundits bellyaching over Cruz and Lee fighting the fight others promised to fight is just a fart in the maelstrom of conservatives united against both Democrats and the finger lickin’ frauds within the Republican Party who talk a good game then fold like cheap suits.

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Coming off a difficult 112th Congress, Republican leaders knew that they needed to build bridges with right-leaning groups that have been giving them fits since the 2010 elections.

Nine months later, the results aren’t great, to say the least…

Many Kentucky conservative activists see McConnell tacking right as a matter of tactics rather than true beliefs — and nationally, the same perception exists. The outreach to conservative groups is seen as more out of necessity than desire, according to one veteran Republican strategist.

“The party has never been at a weaker place in the last 25 years. There is more division now between elected officials and the base than I’ve ever seen,” said the strategist who attends many of the coalition group meetings. “It’s always good to build trust, understand, focus energies — it’s a two-way street. It’s important for leadership to be in touch with the base. It’s their instinct to say, ‘Oh, those guys are crazy. They don’t get it. I’m not going to meet with them anymore.’ It only exacerbates the tension.”

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Unfortunately, most Republicans are too stupid to notice that Democrats are walking around with a gigantic glass jaw. Democrats must not be able to believe their dumb luck. Instead of hitting our glass jaw, Republicans have decided to attack Ted Cruz!

Of course, for Cruz’s threat to work, it has to be credible. Too bad Republicans have been blanketing the airwaves proclaiming that: (1) They don’t have the votes to defund Obamacare; and (2) Republicans will get blamed in the event of any government shutdown.

Republicans: You never had to shut the government down! (And thanks for making it blindingly clear that you never intended to.) You could have waited to see how the public opinion was going and cried uncle at the last minute.

But instead of attacking Obamacare and the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Democrats over this massively unpopular law, far too many Republicans have been spending their time attacking Ted Cruz. (Why didn’t we see one-tenth as much venom directed at Sen. Marco Rubio for trying to give the Democrats 30 million new voters with amnesty as we have toward Cruz for trying to defund Obamacare?)

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As I type this post, Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster is winding down, and while the leftist outlets (and, sadly, some Republicans) spew forth their vitriol, I can’t help but think that moments like this and Senator Rand Paul’s “Stand with Rand” filibuster represent key turning points for the conservative movement. I’m far less interested in the Washington inside baseball of who’s mad at whom and far more interested in the effect of passionately demonstrated conservative conviction on our culture.

The Left has long understood the raw cultural power of conviction. How many of our key institutions have been transformed through the sheer force of will expressed by a passionate minority? People with conviction dictate the terms of debate, transform the decision-making paradigm of even the largest entities, and lay the groundwork for larger cultural transformation. This work is rarely, if ever, done with majority support but instead at the urging of the most committed, most dedicated, and most vocal. Thus, our great institutions often change without any public referendum, merely passive acquiescence. Indeed, one reason why people like Senator Cruz can be all-too-successfully labeled as “extremist” in the wider culture has been the power of leftist conviction at work in key cultural institutions.

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It has been the immature and ridiculous antics of the Republican Party establishment that has given Cruz the street cred that usually takes years to acquire. The one thing social conservative and libertarian constituents agree on right now is their mutual disdain for the GOP establishment. Seeing that establishment relentlessly attack and melt down over Cruz is almost like a coded message to the base that says, “This is the guy you’ve been waiting for.”

If Cruz can translate that right-of-center economic populism into a real plan to lessen the burden of government on the American worker and small-business owner, you could very well be welcoming President Cruz to the White House 40 months from now.

Will it be the Republican Party establishment — which has done more to promote his brand name than Cruz or his staff could’ve ever hoped to do themselves — that takes credit for it?

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In contrast to Paul—and despite his suspiciously ethnic surname and scandalously Canadian birth—Cruz is the favorite son of an older, whiter America. As Paul brings in fresh new blood to a broad, limited-government coalition, Cruz is locking down the tired old blood that realizes the John Boehners, Mitch McConnells, John McCains, and Lindsey Grahams of the world really don’t give a rat’s ass about them. Almost without exception, Cruz’s positions, including his “Potemkin battle” to stop Obamacare, mesh perfectly with what Slate’s David Weigel calls “Republican seats that are largely whiter and more rural than the rest of the country.”…

The odds are that neither Paul nor Cruz will be president. It’s nothing against them; it’s just that the odds are stacked against any individual. But commentators who think these guys are in politics only for themselves are missing the energy that’s driving the wacko birds. Maybe, just maybe, they really do believe in shrinking the size, scope, and spending of the federal government. And maybe they realize that their vehicle of choice, the Republican Party, really does need to reach out to new swaths of the electorate while holding on to conservatives…

They’ve shown that they can work together, and they’ve shown that they’re not standard-issue Republicans but true believers in limited government. In a country where six of 10 voters already think the government is too big, the wacko bird caucus has got a lot of room to fly.

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Cruz, who most Republicans believe is positioning himself for a 2016 presidential run, will need the support of at least a portion of the party’s moneyed donors to stay competitive in a primary. But skeptics say he’s running the risk of being seen as unserious by the same people he will need to write him checks in a couple of years.

“Sure, he’s revving up the base, but so did Michele Bachmann and Pat Buchanan,” said one longtime Republican strategist who has worked on multiple state and national campaigns. “If you’re serious about running for president… you need the serious money, more than the direct mail crowd and the small money donors.”

“That,” the Republican said, “is the difference between winning the Iowa Caucus and winning in a serious state like Florida.”

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The Leaders of Conservatism that Frum cites all built their reputations over long, achievement-rich careers (Taft was a real legislator, Kemp was about Big Ideas and Outreach more than ideological correctness, Reagan was a successful governor, Gingrich was Speaker of the House), and even then most of them didn’t win the Republican nomination for the presidency, let alone the White House itself. Cruz’s “I’m not here to make friends” strategy, on the other hand, feels built for the short term: It could position him as the True Conservative alternative to Chris Christie in 2016, if he can elbow Paul and Rubio and others (Scott Walker, etc.) out of the way, and then he could beat Christie, if the stars align and the base votes for purity in a way that it hasn’t recently, and then he could beat Hillary Clinton, if … well, give me a few weeks and I’ll come up with a scenario. But if he doesn’t run the table, what then? His current influence with the grassroots is built on a promise to fight, and fight, and fight some more — but if he doesn’t deliver victory, or if he ducks out of running in 2016 at all, how long can he actually retain the spotlight?

To my mind, a figure like Paul, who actually has a policy vision to go with his theatrics, and who inspires loyalty based on distinctive ideas as well as affect, seems much better positioned to survive a 2016 defeat with his prominence and influence intact, ready to lead the opposition to Hillary Clinton on both domestic and foreign policy or else to be a occasional-partner, occasional-problem for a President Christie. Whereas for Cruz to run and lose, either in the primaries or the general, feels like it would fatally puncture his current mystique.

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There’s one thing, though, that I think Jonah misses. There may be no consolation prize at the end of this — or perhaps whatever prize there is will be badly damaged.

Sure, there are donations being given and and email lists being made, but the inevitable failure of this plan, which Cruz and others have spoken of as a simple task, could poison a lot of wells. The “defund” movement is huge — a big enough deal that House Leadership felt the pressure to change its strategy on the CR. The grassroots are involved. They’re on fire. That’s great…

Conservative voters and small-dollar donors aren’t fools. You can’t whip them up into a frenzy, fail them, and then just pat them on the head like it never happened. The illusory promise of an easy shortcut to beating Obamacare will leave a bitter aftertaste, resulting in anger, a loss of trust, and even withdrawal from the political process.

Perhaps people will still view Cruz as a hero, and instead take it on the congressmen whom he expected to carry the weight in this whole scheme. Or perhaps they’ll take it out on Cruz himself for promising something he couldn’t deliver. Or perhaps they’ll simply give up.

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CRUZ: I will tell you the single biggest surprise in arriving to the Senate is the defeatist attitude here. I mean, we don’t even talk about how to win a fight. There’s no discussion. We talk about, “Hey, let’s get a show vote so we can go tell our constituents we’re doing something.” But I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you’d be in therapy for a month.

RUSH: (laughing).

CRUZ: I don’t know that you could — as bad as you might think it is, and, listen, these are good men and women. I respect them. I like them. Many of these are my friends, but they’ve been here a long time, and they’re beaten down, and they don’t believe we can win. They don’t believe it can happen, and the answer they say on every issue is, “No, we can’t do it. We can’t do it.”

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Via RCP.


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Walker will beat Hillary. Period.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

It is time to fight!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

And the only answer I come up with is because the GOPe doesn’t want too.

unseen on September 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

By all intents and purposes they have joined the Dem party. In 2009 that had cover and it didn’t cost them a penny to vote no on Obamacare. Now, when it’s time to put up or shut up, they are shutting up.

Selling out the Country and the American People.

We already know they passed the Amnesty bill that Boehner has sitting on the House shelf, ready to tackle soon.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

We need leaders who will start fighting right now!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I am 100% confident that Sarah Palin would prefer Scott Walker over Ted Cruz at the national level. She understands chess. This is chess, not checkers.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

I am not arguing for one candidate over the other – HOWEVER…..I DO Know how Sarah sees things, and I know this:

You’re As Wrong As Chris Matthews With This Statement……Totally, TOTALLY WRONG!!

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Sure he will.
Also, I’m a 22 year old Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Keep bullying Schad. Such a Conservative quality.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Schadenfreude!!!

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 12:40 AM

the zombies are coming

see page one for terror

also #sophiecott

also werewolves

o. m. g.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

The Cheerleader shark says “lets win” and then bites your leg off.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I am 100% confident that Sarah Palin would prefer Scott Walker over Ted Cruz at the national level. She understands chess. This is chess, not checkers.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Sorry Darlin’. You would lose that bet, and in a big way.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Also, I’m a 22 year old Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Quit bullying. Princesses are fragile…but they can do whatever they please.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Then you need to join Hillary’s campaign, because if you field Walker, Hillary wins.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Heh-heh-heh!!

…by now, I shouldn’t be surprised how similar our thoughts are ……

……one of us should be concerned about that

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

McCain will remain in the lifestyle to which he is accustomed no matter which party is in charge and what policies are implemented. Same thing for Rove & Co. In fact the consultants are in higher demand the worse things look for Republicans. They don’t need to win anything, they just have to pretend that they’re trying.

None of these old birds has any motivation at all to change the status quo in Washington. In fact, they have every motivation to keep things going exactly the way they are now.

Then along comes Cruz, threatening to upset the apple cart and spoil everyone’s fun, and they just can’t allow that to happen.

And that’s why they fight him harder than they do the Democrats.

29Victor on September 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Yep

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Oh, and I would bet that Cruz can play a mean game of chess.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Sorry Darlin’. You would lose that bet, and in a big way.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

…and lose at chess too.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Snort!
Well bless her heart…

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I love you ALT.
But not like that. :)

I just think you’re a nice person overall.

Perry will never win national politics
Jindal is nice, but has no charisma which is needed for running. Put him in a Cabinet position.
I like Pence overall, but I see him as a future candidate and not one in 2016.
Walker, then Pence type of thinking.

Lee for Senate Majority Leader because of his eloquent speeches. Plus, his Constitutional knowledge is impeccable.
If I could duo role it, it would be him and Cruz.

Just accept that Walker is our nominee as you did begrudgingly with Mitt and the Primary savings would be amazing.

I am being completely serious with this.

I have been someone that loved Sarah Palin and wanted her to run in 2012. That was her moment. It would have been epic.

I am not supporting Walker because I think that he is some candidate that I am 100% behind. He is the best candidate that I think the GOP, with a CONSERVATIVE candidate, can run and win against someone like Hillary.

Trust me on this. :)

I understand your grievances, but if you vote for Hillary, I will give you the biggest swirly ever. I mean it. :)

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Cruz can out-debate Hillary and anyone.

Sarah Palin is with Cruz.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I’d never vote for Hillary.
she has blood on her hands.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Palin and Cruz are simpatico.
She’d support Cruz.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Sure he will.
Also, I’m a 22 year old Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

…….Ahem! ahhhh – would you be willing to post a link to a picture of you in that outfit…..

…….WITH “gun holster”, of course…….

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Sarah Palin is with Cruz.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

i don’t think there is a statement on the inter webs that rings truer.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I’d never vote for Hillary.
she has blood on her hands.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM

And on her teeth, as well.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I love Cruz, Paul, Rubio and others overall. They aren’t perfect, but overall I like them.

However, none of them should be Presidential candidates in 2016.

Walker or bust.

Get on the train now. Walker is the best candidate that we can roll with that will have national appeal.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Walker supports amnesty, he doesn’t have a chance.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

You heard it here first.

Walker would beat Hillary. Hands down.

I don’t know why this is so difficult and hard to see. For a party that nominated Mitt, you are denying the avenue for the GOP to win against a hard candidate to beat.

I don’t know why you all want to die on a sword.

I bet Cruz, Lee, Palin, Rubio and Rand would love Walker as President.

I don’t know why the base chooses to be difficult and would rather lose.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

But if people want to see the truth those who oppose Cruz will out themselves just like they outed themselves with Palin.

unseen on September 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM

I know you’re right in your assessment. They attacked Sarah because she was a threat. They were vicious and did their best to “kill” her politically because they saw how the people reacted to her common sense. Especially after McCain lost. But it was more than that even; it was personal & ugly & pure hatred. So there was another reason:-)

They have already started on Senator Cruz. He may like you say receive the same treatment, but it may be that the people’s reaction will be different. Due to the fact we are sick & tired and have had more than we can take of this Administration. Just a thot.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

If the GOP chooses to lose in 2016 based on that stance, that is on the Conservative base and you should expect a huge loss. That is YOUR choice.

I choose to go down fighting for this country.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Conservative voters and small-dollar donors aren’t fools. You can’t whip them up into a frenzy, fail them, and then just pat them on the head like it never happened. The illusory promise of an easy shortcut to beating Obamacare will leave a bitter aftertaste, resulting in anger, a loss of trust, and even withdrawal from the political process.

They just don’t get it! Cruz didn’t fail us today. He won BIG!

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I’d never vote for Hillary.
she has blood on her hands.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM

And on her teeth, as well.

Rodham shark.

She drives you to Fort Marcy Park then bites your leg off… or worse.

viking01 on September 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Hillary has so many skeletons in her closet and blood all over her body, more than Benghazi, that she might not even run.

The obamas hate the Clintons and vice-versa, and obama needs a front person. He won’t support Hillary.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

2014, all out, incl. the goons in the sen. who’re up. I can’t wait to get rid of McDonnell and Ms. Lindsey, two power-harlots, and NO more.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

We’ll do our best. I don’t have good vibes about that Nancy Mace running against Graham. I think she’s a plant to take out the true Conservative running against him. Another Ayotte if you will.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I just don’t think enough people feel like Midwestprincesse. Or too many feel like me. I’m not voting for Walker. The argument that I voted for Hillary by default is a big shrug to me at this point, as is the argument that somehow I lost the right to say anything for four years because I didn’t “participate.” And I don’t fear a Hillary presidency anymore either, so the whole “Armageddon is coming” thing doesn’t get any traction in me. I’ve been through Obama. I’ve seen Armageddon. Hillary is a step back from Armageddon.

Put another Chris Christie Republican in front of me, elect another Democrat — or just vote twice a lot to make up for me and a few million of my closest friends.

And it’s weird hearing exactly the same argument being made for Walker that was made for Romney. Romney was no more “electable” than Walker is.

I hope Hillary repairs our foreign policy.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Hi folks

Anyone else have thoughts on the Reid/McCain maneuver? Because I think it was even worse than it looked.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

If the GOP chooses to lose in 2016 based on that stance, that is on the Conservative base and you should expect a huge loss. That is YOUR choice.

I choose to go down fighting for this country.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Amnesty is treasonous.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

The GOP has the ability to completely rebrand itself and with 2-3 election cycles will be a completely new GOP. Some of this may be due to politicians dying because they refuse to leave the office. Either way, it will happen in the next 10 years or so.

Mark my words, if the GOP chooses anyone BUT Walker, you deserve to lose. This was my stance with Mitt as a candidate as he was a squish on many issues and had no charisma and it will be my stance towards anyone like him (Christie, Jeb, etc.).

I want to win in 2016. If you choose someone else, choose defeat.

I don’t.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Moderation. Whatever. Good night Hot Air. God Bless America and God Bless the Junior Senator from Texas, TED CRUZ!!!!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Feel my point stands.

wolly4321 on September 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I was up 56 hours straight manning a military command post position during a readiness exercise. No one else was trained to man that position so I had to stay to the bitter end.

chemman on September 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

2012 was the last fooling. NO mas, no more, never. Will not vote for the Ds, but will not vote for the first time.

The stupid GOP deserves to go to…wherever. I hate them more than the Ds. McCain today proved it. Coats from IN was a similar, more coated, idiots…they don’t deserve to be kept in any power.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Since I’m really almost 43-you don’t wanna see me any way except fully clothed. Holstered firearm is part of that. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 1:00 AM

As far as the land…if she has such stupid people, on both sides, she deserves to go under.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:00 AM

any GOP senator that votes to fund Obamacare is a traitor to the idea of freedom and liberty.

unseen on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

I know that! I learned years ago to know who my enemy was; first rule of war.

Jim DeMint already came out and said he would work to defeat every Republican that voted for the O’Crap.

I think the Country is fired up about this and we’ll have the long knives out and no seat that we can take will be safe. The feeling I have is we are uniting. D.C. is too, but in an evil way.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Walker is not Mitt. Not in the slightest.

That is your choice to make the GOP the Whig Party. Go with that.

I choose to operate under the assumption that this is America and we will have a two-party system. But you go with your Whig analogy. See how that works.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Good night Hot Air. God Bless America and God Bless the Junior Senator from Texas, TED CRUZ!!!!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Nite Ken. It was glorious.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Zombiess??..Cool..:)

PS..I hear World War Z was a pretty good flick..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Hi folks

Anyone else have thoughts on the Reid/McCain maneuver? Because I think it was even worse than it looked.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I still don’t understand it.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Walker is a nice guy but has NO charisma, if that’s your thing.

He is a good governor and pro amnesty, which is treasonous. Add that to obama’care’ and the land is done. It won’t matter who wins in 2016.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Krrp fighting my friend!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

My ee’s look like rr’s on my screen? Anybody else’s?

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

We don’t have a two party system now.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Anyone else have thoughts on the Reid/McCain maneuver? Because I think it was even worse than it looked.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

It exposed:

1. that McVain had communicated with the Mortician, against Ted Cruz, and

2. that the Mortician of the Senate is a dummy…he thought the cut off was at 1:00 and not at noon.

Cruz lectured him well, telling him to shut up and sit down, in other words, which he did.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Cornyn needs to be gone as well.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I heard him on Hannity’s radio show. Hannity was really pinning him down. If he said “shutting down the government” once, he said it almost in every answer he gave.

Can’t you Texans find some great Candidate to run against him?

I suggested the Father of Ted Cruz, but someone said he was doing other things:-)

Anyone at State level? AG or State Senator?

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

My ee’s look like rr’s on my screen? Anybody else’s?

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Look fine to me. :)

Now go to bed.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Did someone here say that Walker is “Severely Conservative“?……..

God, I hope not…….

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Keep fighting my friend!

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Hah, I gave up fighting years ago. Now I just laugh, schadenfreudig at all the dummies. They deserve all this.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Cornyn’s got a possible challenger…who’s never held public office.
Dwayne Stovall.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Thanks Axe!Good night. If you see Sophie, tell her good night as well.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I like how the Conservative base is effectively saying that y’all have no one to run for President that could win.

You heard it here first.

You can all say sorry in 2015. I’ll welcome you back with open arms.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Thanks Axe!Good night. If you see Sophie, tell her good night as well.

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

#SOPHIECOTT

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Gotta work @ Wally tomorrow.
‘Night all.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Condescending witches are indignant.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:12 AM

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Since I’m really almost 43-you don’t wanna see me any way except fully clothed. Holstered firearm is part of that. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 1:00 AM

……there’s a Ron White joke about that………

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:14 AM

The Senate & House is where the power is, especially the leaders.
Now with this Administration a lot is going on by EO that if a R was in, would not be.

So, if we elect a R President, we don’t dare neglect the Senate & House.

Right now I’m concerned about current legislation, Amnesty pending & Gun Control. Then 2014.

Just an opinion I’ve had since the 2012 Debates and it’s that Jebbie is next in line with Rubio as VP (as long as he gets back in the good graces of the Conservatives:-)

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I’d rather them Apaches just stake me out on the anthill.

arnold ziffel on September 26, 2013 at 12:14 AM

That caught me off guard, LOL

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Sophie, for Axe :)

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Nite alt

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

DEAR RWM,

PLEASE send this to Axe. He will absolutely freak out. LOL

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

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

ROFL!!!

PointnClick on September 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Coming off a difficult 112th Congress, Republican leaders knew that they needed to build bridges with right-leaning groups that have been giving them fits since the 2010 elections.

Nine months later, the results aren’t great, to say the least…

Many Kentucky conservative activists see McConnell tacking right as a matter of tactics rather than true beliefs — and nationally, the same perception exists. The outreach to conservative groups is seen as more out of necessity than desire, according to one veteran Republican strategist.

The Republicans have done nothing to build bridges with Conservatives, they have actually built bridges with this Administration and the Dems. To say the results aren’t great is an understatement; they are non-existent.

McConnell is tacking alright, but it’s not right, it’s left. Attacking Conservatives, Ted Cruz, putting pressure on Republicans to not sign the defundit petition & having Cornyn remove his name from Mike Lee’s letter of support. Working behind close doors against Conservatives & Tea Party members, which my the way are Americans!

Whoever wrote that is out of touch or lying or both.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

You’re entirely right. After the ’12 election the Republican Party’s official position was that Romney, a liberal NE Republican, so-called, lost because he was too conservative, and the GOP indicated they were going to remedy that problem by moving left. The RNC even released an official analysis of the election saying as much. The GOP establishment has been burning their bridges and ignoring the pleas of their base ever since. They want to switch to an entirely consultant driven election model that relies entirely on billions of dollars of dishonest MSM propaganda to fool low info voters into voting for their corrupt candidates.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Unfortunately, most Republicans are too stupid to notice that Democrats are walking around with a gigantic glass jaw.

Bingo! That remains a fact that most republican voters fail to recognize.

IMHO, between ObamaCare, the Democrats Food Stamp Cuts hitting in November, and whatever else the Democrats do to screw up before the elections, there is no reason we cannot produce another TEAnami like we did in 2010.

So what are you waiting for? Wouldn’t you love to take part in kicking the tyrants in the pants for a change? All you need to do is attend a few TEA Party meetings that are happening close to you every month. The rest will happen naturally.

DannoJyd on September 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Zombiess??..Cool..:)

PS..I hear World War Z was a pretty good flick..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

chilling hordes

terror

also werewolves

. . .

. . . omg

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Jeb will not be the nominee. It will be Walker. I am saying this to help blunt everything for people. People will either have the choice of Christie or Walker. It would be better to choose Walker and save the primary money for other efforts.

Gun control won’t happen. Not sure about illegal immigration but I don’t see anything immediately happening with that.

Obama will be blunted by the economy and healthcare stuff for awhile. And 2014 is right around the corner with the chance that Rs could be in charge of both Houses.

So save the debate waste and the money wasted and just go with Walker. The issues that people have against Walker are nothingburger issues nationally.

It will come down to Hillary as a candidate unless enough candidates who are Left go after her. Otherwise, she will be the nominee. I don’t pay attention to the talk about her becoming a candidate. I think that the Dems could enter Hillary burnout though.

However, other than Hillary, I don’t know who they could run that would have a national appeal.

Walker is it between the choices of Christie and Walker.

No one else has one heck of a chance of getting the nod. Not sure why my opinion is being blasted. I called this years ago and it would be epic to have Walker in the Presidency, an R Senate and an R House. The GOP winning is possible if the GOP base just rectifies its minor grievances with Walker and moves on.

It will be Walker that wins against Hillary. Hands down.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM

axe

tags: not, clicking

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

KCB on September 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

I still don’t understand it.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

It didn’t make sense to me at first. Having given it some thought, here I how I see it.

These tools went to bed figuring that Cruz would stop sometime in the night. They woke up to find he was still going like the energizer bunny, and he had been kicking their asses all night long. Their phones were ringing, mailboxes were full, and Twitter was on fire.

They were desperate to steal his thunder somehow. Dick Durbin went out and discovered that Ted Cruz on his feet for 20 hours was still more than a match for him. Durbin is one of their foremost demagogues, and he got toasted.

So Reid and McCain cooked up their little plan. They would catch Cruz when he was down to the end, tired and they hoped looking forward to the end. They would get him to give up some of this time and McCain would attack him, undermining his credibility in a way that no Democrat possibly could.

But Cruz was perfectly willing to yield for questions and to debate, so long as he did not give up control of the floor. McCain could have gone down there anytime and had his say. Why send the slimeball Reid down there to beg for 15 minutes?

That was because the gutless McCain didn’t want to engage Cruz. He knew Cruz would eat him alive.He wanted to control a block of time to spout his vile smears without interruption. He couldn’t go down and ask for the time himself, because Cruz would surely have refused and forced him to engage. For some reason they thought Cruz might fall for the request, perhaps assuming his disdain for Reid, and for McCain, after this weeks revelations of McCain’s hatred for him, was great enough to cloud his judgment, combined with simple fatigue. McCain would undercut him at the very end, and the whole episode that was a huge debacle for them would end with Cruz taking flak from his own party.

Fortunately, Cruz was way too smart for those old scumbags. But the moment Harry Reid asked Cruz to yield 15 minutes for McCain, who obviously intended to do Reid’s dirty work for him out of sheer personal animus, should live forever in infamy. McCain joined forces with the very personification of Democrat evil, the enemy Harry Reid, betraying his party and the base, apparently just to lash out at a man he hates.

Palin may not want to do it, but I think she is going to have to stop with the apologetics for McCain. He’s crossed a red line, and we aren’t as un-serious about red lines as Barack Obama.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

God Bless The Honorable Senator Ted Cruz!

God Bless The Honorable Senator Mike Lee!

They have helped America see what Real Men Look Like again!

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Amen to that!! I’m planning on calling those 9 Senators that came to the Floor to support him. There were some from the House that came over too. Amash, the Rep from Michigan was one.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Di*k Morris has changed his last name to Head.

He is all with Krauthammer, Hume, Rove and the anti-Cruz gang.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Andrew Breitbart knew what he was talking about! The MSM was always his target.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Steve King needs to be primaried. He won’t, but he is a failure and does nothing but bash Cruz. Boehner needs to get out because he can’t control the Caucus.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Interesting, Nova. Whole thing. Still musing. Having Reid act as The Mouth of Sauron for McCain was really odd. And the whole exchange was odd, with Reid leering and smiling.

I dunno about Palin. She’s way past in for a penny, in for a pound on McCain. I agree she needs to step away. If the tool goes to pasture on his own now anyway, maybe she got through it.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Anyone who gave Dick Morris any serious thought is seriously not thinking about winning.

And the Establishment didn’t care what Cruz was doing. They don’t get the finesse that Cruz and Lee had when they explained the Constitutional issue regarding penalty and tax terminology. That was one of the finest moments of the night.

However, the GOP went to bed not because they thought that Cruz wouldn’t last. They didn’t care if he lasted two hours or 20 hours. They made their bed.

Now the base needs to find candidates that can win locally. Send a message.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Palin is done with McCain. But she also follows the Cruz logic of “Don’t speak entirely ill about others.” She will speak ill, but in her way.

And McCain will retire in 2016. You don’t have to worry about him. AZ needs to be on the lookout for a good candidate there and that race is done.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM

I want to win national elections. Period.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

As much as you think of yourself, maybe you should run. I hear Rove is available & Schmidt too.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

No vampires??..Gotta have vampires..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Dear MG (that’s Jackie for you pikers),

AxeFellow wins the mischief maker award tonight. hehe

BTW, Where is Scrumpy? Where?

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

ok I’ll let the regulars take over the QOTD comment for now. You all have a good night….enjoy your tunes.

unseen on September 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Thanks unseen. Have a good night!

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM

the nipply chill in the dark wind

harbinger of all yall’s scary end

be ascared

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Rove & Schmidt = tragic messes. Period.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Aren’t you referring to Peter King not Steve King??..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I bet Walker would get a big boost from the Unions/

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Dear MG,

AxeMellow conjured up a script to HTML bold face the first letter of each word of his mind musings.

tags: miscreant, warped, bitcoins, ET tastes like chicken, frog green tights, bold

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

You’re right, Dire. :)

Peter King. Ugh to him.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

It’s a sickening picture of how the game is played. Cruz is fighting on principle against long odds, and these two old villains try to sneak up on him with a cowardly trick designed to damage him without engaging on the issues. It’s just despicable.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

The only non-Walker candidate you could get me to support is Jindal at this point.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

If Jindal ignores the cronies in his state, successfully eliminates the state income tax and switches to a sales tax and then promises to do the same thing in Washington DC then he will be a serious contender and there would hypothetically be a strong chance I’ll support him myself assuming he doesn’t also support amnesty. If he supports amnesty, though, which cronies love, then it’s unlikely he’s replace an income tax regime with a sales tax because cronies like income taxes too. I’m not saying that Jindal is a crony politician, I don’t know that much about him, but one thing that most corny politicians have in common is that, in furtherance of the interests of their cronies, they all support amnesty and income taxes. You’ll never catch any of them pushing for a national sales tax or even a flat tax that would eliminate one of the largest sources of corruption in government.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 1:48 AM

I would think the GOP would want any type of American support, regardless of affiliation.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Hi folks

Anyone else have thoughts on the Reid/McCain maneuver? Because I think it was even worse than it looked.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I was watching it, but I think had a phone call. But I did read some about it. My opinion was Reid was wanting McCain to have 15 minutes to trash Cruz while the cameras were rolling. That’s all I know about it.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

I like Jindal, but Jindal will never win the national office. He just doesn’t have the personality needed for a run at the Presidency. He proved that when he gave the response address.

That’s why I like him as a person, but know that he will not win at the national level and want him in a high Cabinet spot OR VP.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:51 AM

The tax issue will be addressed and voted on in the next 2-3 years, during Obama’s Presidency. Then Walker can vote for something better.

This is one issue that I feel will be addressed.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:53 AM

. . . k, also vampires

. . . somehow

NO!

NO!

OMG

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Ted Cruz on immigration… twelve days ago

But for Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who represents a state with rapidly changing demographics, finding common ground will not be easy. Many of the bedrock Tea Party supporters who helped elect him are immigration hard-liners who object to even the slightest nod toward amnesty, a loaded word that generally means providing an avenue for legal residency to people who entered the United States illegally. Such conservatives tend to favor mass deportation, or “self-deportation,” for the millions of undocumented immigrants.

On the other hand, Hispanics in Texas are projected to eclipse the white population sometime in the next decade, and Cruz cannot afford to alienate large numbers of Latino voters with a strident anti-immigrant tone and a hard-line legislative approach. Major business interests also are supporting a path to citizenship.

What Cruz has tried to articulate in both word and deed is a middle ground. It got no support from Democrats in Washington, but it goes further than many on the far right want to go by offering leniency to undocumented immigrants here already: A path to legal status, but not to citizenship. A green card with no right to naturalization.

Immigration-reform legislation from the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight passed that chamber in June and includes a 13-year path to citizenship. Cruz pushed unsuccessfully for amendments that would have, among other things, eliminated the citizenship component.

Asked about what to do with the people here illegally, however, he stressed that he had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay.

“The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight,” he said during a recent visit to El Paso. Cruz also noted that he had not called for deportation or, as Mitt Romney famously advocated, self-deportation.

Cruz said recent polling indicated that people outside Washington support some reform, including legal status without citizenship. He said he was against naturalization because it rewarded lawbreakers and was unfair to legal immigrants. It also perpetuates illegal crossings, he added.

Besides barring citizenship while instituting some level of legalization for those here already, Cruz has proposed increasing the number of green cards awarded annually, to 1.35 million from 675,000. He also wants to eliminate the per-country limit that he said left applicants from countries like Mexico, China and India hamstrung when they tried to gain legal entry to this country.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

You nailed it, nova. And, McCain was probably thanking God that Cruz didn’t take the bait, as Cruz would’ve eviscerated him as he did Durbin and Reid. When you’re a washed up, beyond your expiration date hack, as McCain and Durbin and Reid are, it’s probably a good idea not to take on somebody who was the national debate champion in college and who actually presented, argued, and won a number of cases before the US Supreme Court. They’re not just out of their league when it comes to Cruz, they are out of his time-space continuum. Can’t wait for the real debate on Reid’s amendment to continue Obamacare funding, and how Cruz will shred them.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Cornyn’s got a possible challenger…who’s never held public office.
Dwayne Stovall.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

That doesn’t sound good. Starting out & running for a U.S. Senate seat? Don’t you think that is quite a stretch?

Better keep an eye on Dewhurst.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 1:57 AM

One of the biggest reasons I was so for Romney was his position on immigration law enforcement.

bluegill on September 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

You know his position on illegal immigration was a con job, right? He said so after his ’08 run. He was fairly tough on illegal immigration in ’08 and then after he lost he said he supported amnesty, and it was pretty obvious that he had been an amnesty supporter all along. Then, of course, he pretended to be tough on illegal immigration again in ’12 after he had already admitted he wasn’t sincere back in ’08.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

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