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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TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Reid was asking Cruz to yield for a bloc of time, not for a question. Had Cruz conceded to yield for a period of time, McCain could have spouted his venom during that period of time without having to engage Cruz. He didn’t have the courage to face Cruz man to man, thus the gambit by his fellow weasel Reid.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

I remember most of what you posted. There was a name that the RNC had for their opinion about the reason Romney lost. It was funny at the time and still may be, if I could remember it, LOL

The RNC & elites are not much different than the Dems.

Well, the best laid plans of mice & men and all of that:-)

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Dear Spark,
Scrumpy is fine. You can find her tending her own blog. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you there. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Hi Jackie

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I suppose you read palms and tarot cards too?

Have no idea what your problem is, but humility isn’t one of them.

You are entitled to your OPINIONS, as I am of mine.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

men eat mice in the zombie apocalypse

bring forks

bring nerves of steel

horrifying truth coming soon

also werewolf

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:11 AM

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Good evening, Nova.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 2:11 AM

I suppose you read palms and tarot cards too?

Have no idea what your problem is, but humility isn’t one of them.

You are entitled to your OPINIONS, as I am of mine.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

confidence of the undead

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

I think trollcott is in order.

Midwestprincesse

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:13 AM

confidence that WILL NOT DIE

omg!

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:13 AM

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

confidence of the undead

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Thanks.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Reid was asking Cruz to yield for a bloc of time, not for a question. Had Cruz conceded to yield for a period of time, McCain could have spouted his venom during that period of time without having to engage Cruz. He didn’t have the courage to face Cruz man to man, thus the gambit by his fellow weasel Reid.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Exactly, and Reid even offered Cruz an extra hour of speaking time if he’d agree to give McCain 15 minutes of it for his sorry demagoguery. Cruz, knowing exactly what Reid and McCain were up to, would have none of it, and stood his ground.

I’ve always been proud to be a Texan, but Ted Cruz is starting to make me proud, again, to be an American.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Thanks.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I suppose you read palms and tarot cards too?

Have no idea what your problem is, but humility isn’t one of them.

You are entitled to your OPINIONS, as I am of mine.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:09 AM

confidence of the undead

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Like I said, I will welcome you with open arms when your candidates lose their bid. It’s not fiscally prudent to waste so much money though.

Midwestprincesse on September 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Good evening friend..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Dire Straits on September 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Good evening, my friend. :) Very good to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

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

I think she would if there was an advantage. I don’t see one at the moment. They could have agreed to not criticize each other?
Haven’t heard anything negative about her from him.

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:21 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

he is selling a book on how to navigate Obamacare…not kidding….so he has a finaical incentive to see that obamacare remains the law of the land.

unseen on September 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

They all have a financial interest. They’re all going to profit mightily in the coming years and decades from their symbolic fight against Obamacare when it doesn’t count, while sabotaging the efforts of all who try to stop Obamacare when it does count.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Migrating Spiders Sailing Through North Texas Skies

SpiderNado. Tell Twerp

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Whereas for Cruz to run and lose, either in the primaries or the general, feels like it would fatally puncture his current mystique.

Not surprising that’s from a “journalist” with the New York Times. They think it’s ALWAYS about image, because that’s what it is with them.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 2:23 AM

I conjured up the Moon goddess again.

tags: this is my wheelhouse cause I got a wheel mouse

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 2:24 AM

I got wheel mouse, not a fake mouse.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Muslims abuse women.

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 2:26 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

Fu*k Morris and the dog collar he rode in with.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Migrating Spiders Sailing Through North Texas Skies

SpiderNado. Tell Twerp

SparkPlug on September 26, 2013 at 2:22 AM

*bookmark*

feast, little ones! feast!

tags: awesome, juice-sucking, crawling, banquet, Twerp

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Jackie!! Moon Goddess!! Where Have You Been?

Why have your been silent during our Lamentations for your presence – like mine a few days ago?

We yearn for the light of the reflected sun off of your porcelain, pristine face!

This is why I should not look at my BB in bed – a post from you is the only thing that brings me back down the stairs at an untoward hour to send you my pleadings for your beneficence……

Look with mercy upon your humble servant…….*knees, puts fist to heart, bows head*

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

Night all. Late nights & early mornings are going against Ben Franklin’s advice:-)

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:28 AM

A Boon!! A Boon Moon Goddess!……..Your Graces!

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

LOL! You’re so silly… and so sweet. williamg. :) Good evening.:)

I’ve been ill… and working straight through… and I haven’t been reading the thread much.

I stopped by a couple of times over the last couple of days, briefly.

I hope you’re well. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Coulter has really rehabilitated herself, I think. Good on you, Annie. :-)

Punchenko on September 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I don’t think she has: she supports stop and frisk, which is an obvious violation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. If she were a Constitutionalist, or at least a conservative, instead of promoting the violation of the 4th amendment in NY she would be pushing for the reinstatement of the 2nd.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Smile upon your Supplicant, Moon Goddess!

Good to see you, Jackie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXzUPhdiYjs&feature=share

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Night all. Late nights & early mornings are going against Ben Franklin’s advice:-)

bluefox on September 26, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Enter SIR TOBY BELCH and SIR ANDREW

SIR TOBY BELCH

Approach, Sir Andrew: not to be abed after
midnight is to be up betimes; and ‘diluculo
surgere,’ thou know’st,–

SIR ANDREW

Nay, my troth, I know not: but I know, to be up
late is to be up late.

SIR TOBY BELCH

A false conclusion: I hate it as an unfilled can.
To be up after midnight and to go to bed then, is
early: so that to go to bed after midnight is to go
to bed betimes. Does not our life consist of the
four elements?

SIR ANDREW

Faith, so they say; but I think it rather consists
of eating and drinking.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Thou’rt a scholar; let us therefore eat and drink.
Marian, I say! a stoup of wine!

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Just sleazy by McCain and Reid. No intention of engaging on the issues, just an attempt to set Cruz up for an unbridled personal attack.

Steve Hayes did a good job of setting out a number of benefits Cruz achieved or set up by making this play. He had little chance of successfully defeating the small part of ObamaCare funding that was contained in the CR, but he did have a chance, and it was important to take it and fight for some very good reasons. He did accomplish a lot of good, and I just don’t understand the criticism of the gesture politics involved. Gestures can be very important, as Barack Obama has repeatedly shown, using gestures skillfully to galvanize support.

Lost in the shuffle is the fact that we wouldn’t be fighting over a CR if Reid and the Democrats had bothered to pass a budget as required by law. Democrats are 100% responsible for this conflict and for creating the possibility of a shut down.

novaculus on September 26, 2013 at 2:33 AM

…No, the reason that Coulter has been pushing the progressive, anti-gun, amnesty supporting Chris Christie all of these years is because she is neither a Constitutionalist nor a conservative. I think that in her case she is whatever she thinks she needs to be in order to sell books and columns.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

ethe sad truth is that the Rs do have have the ability to govern this county.

the tragedy of ACA is that it could have been avoided with a bit of leadership by the Rs. There are market oriented ways to deal with the complaints of the Left. For example, denial of insurance is really a rather small portion of people, and there are public/private solutions For Those People.

You don’t have to deprive the 90 percent of a working system to care for 10 percent. the Left studiously ignored the millions of poor people who had medicaid…and children who had schip.

the number of people with real problems was small. the R party is too lazy to be proactive…to do the good fight

they’d rather the country go thru hell….but its not their fault. Well, too late guys…we’re going to go thru hell, and the R party failed. Failed due to laziness, being out of touch, being too cowardly to fight.

Not just ACA…the die was cast long ago…shadow the left…follow their lead..oh, make it more moderate, smoother, better managed, but the tide of history is on their side. No one wants to be a reactionary like that man Buckley…or Reagan…or Rush…or Cruz

they are not fit for governing…and so they won’t. Let’s hope our new party gets here quick

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 2:43 AM

ethe sad truth is that the Rs do have have the ability to govern this county.

i had real problems with my browser on this post (and fingers)

the sad truth is that the Rs do NOT have the ability to govern this county

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 2:45 AM

the sad truth is that the Rs do NOT have the ability to govern this county

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 2:45 AM

I wonder if “ability” is the correct word there.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 2:49 AM

williamg on September 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

And, don’t forget “how the mist and the moonlight softly plays on her cinnamon shoulders underneath the pines, and how her eyes are at once those of a girl and a woman, full of fire and roses and perfect knowledge”.

Sorry, bud, but that’s how sappy you sound.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 2:53 AM

And, don’t forget “how the mist and the moonlight softly plays on her cinnamon shoulders underneath the pines, and how her eyes are at once those of a girl and a woman, full of fire and roses and perfect knowledge”.

TXUS giveth. :)

Sorry, bud, but that’s how sappy you sound.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 2:53 AM

TXUS taketh away. :(

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:56 AM

…No, the reason that Coulter has been pushing the progressive, anti-gun, amnesty supporting Chris Christie all of these years is because she is neither a Constitutionalist nor a conservative. I think that in her case she is whatever she thinks she needs to be in order to sell books and columns.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

i give her more leeway than that. She is frustrated like the rest of us…so when Christie starts trash talking PEUs, her heart sings. The infatuation is over i think.

wrt the ‘stop, question and frisk’ business, there’s always this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_v._Ohio

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 2:57 AM

I wonder if “ability” is the correct word there.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 2:49 AM

What might be?

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Well, let’s see:

Intention
Cojones
will
convictions
vision
courage
understanding…

the list is endless, isn’t it?

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Good evening. Seen Angry Mike, recently?

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 3:08 AM

I wonder if “ability” is the correct word there.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 2:49 AM

well…i suppose in a narrow view, they have the capacity to talk, write memos, raise cash, and reside in a position of power.

but, govern?…not so sure. W’s NCLB has blossomed into Common Core. You can say that he and the Rs tried to tell people about the housing crisis…but really? What i remember is W bragging about how many lower income people owned a house.

oh, and how did the SS reform work out.

honestly, the donut hole in medicare D…did that ever make sense? just an invitation for the left to close it. lets see…what else…oh, i know…how about defending himself and his party from the vicious wolf pack leftists? (by which i mean the press

don’t get me wrong…i would trade him for barry in a heartbeat. but really…that’s damning with faint praise isn’t it?

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 3:08 AM

the list is endless, isn’t it?

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Well, it is now. :) Though it wasn’t before when I wasn’t sure what you meant.

Man, I hate this class.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:09 AM

the list is endless, isn’t it?

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 3:06 AM

i see that while i was typing you have provided us some other words…none of which i can argue with

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Good evening. Seen Angry Mike, recently?

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Good evening, Jackie. No, I haven’t. Seems like I would have over the last couple of days, too; I’ve overlapped different schedules. I don’t think he’s been around. I could be wrong.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:12 AM

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Yeah, I’m pretty disgusted with them too. And I agree wholeheartedly about W.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:12 AM

I hope he’s well. I wont’ be able to be around much. Look after everyone for me, will you?

Goodnight, Axefellow. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM

I hope he’s well.

Me too.

I wont’ be able to be around much.

. . . :/

Look after everyone for me, will you?

Aw, man! Most of these people . . .

Fine.

Goodnight, Axefellow. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Night, graceful Jackie.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:17 AM

I hope he’s well. I wont’ be able to be around much. Look after everyone for me, will you?

Goodnight, Axefellow. :)

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Are you okay? Whassup?

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 3:19 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

You probably mean Peter King rather than Steve King, I’m guessing.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 3:38 AM

cinnamon fixation first sign of zombie apocalypse

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:48 AM

Too Late For Love

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:54 AM

bluegill with 1000 followers: second sign

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Night Songs

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:00 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

Even back when I supported Walker, before his amnesty support, I wasn’t particularly impressed with his speaking skills. I thought he was medeocre, at best. Far below Ted Cruz’s league. I’d have to compare Walker and Jindal side by side to have an opinion between the two, but neither of them are a match for Cruz with regard to debate and personality metrics, IMO.

Sorry for the bad news, but Walker really screwed up when he supported amnesty. That may have gotten him into the market to shop for big crony dollars but it is a turn off with the voters that would have been required to win. I just don’t think he has a the skills to compete with Ted Cruz, however.

And that is why, as others in this thread and elsewhere have already said, that the beltway establishment and their cronies will do everything in their power to smear and destroy Cruz personally just like they did with Palin. I think the problem they’re going to have is that Ted Cruz is good enough to turn the fire back on them and it will likely backfire in a huge way.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 AM

third sign of zombie apocalypse:

axe declares #sophiecott

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Feed My Frankenstein

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:14 AM

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 AM

I don’t understand why Cruz is a nonstarter for some people. I think they are just . . . wrong.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:15 AM

and then the windows begin rattling, without a wind

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:22 AM

Bleed

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:23 AM

RWM, your really nailed it with your cartoons, and with the CC article. After reading that, it makes my hair stand on end. I am utterly grateful to have homeschooled our children. This is my last year–16 years. They are very well-read, and all of them excel math…math that adds up!

I do have one question for you, is there any way of being able to switch your articles on an iPad from white on black printing to black on white printing? It is very difficult for me to read such small font in reverse color.

Many profound thanks for all your knowledge, of so many subject matters, that you so generously share with us!

herm2416 on September 26, 2013 at 4:29 AM

BTW, Charles Krauthammer and Fox News Special Report has convinced my dad that Ted Cruz and I are “extremists”. He thinks Republicans should fund Obamacare and make people suffer for partisan political reasons, instead of doing the right thing by saving the country from disaster for the good of all of us, especially the majority that never wanted Obamacare in the first place, nor ever since, and in my case I swear I will never participate in Obamacare or pay any fines. I would rather go to jail. I want my freedom back, but Fox News has convinced my own father that the best thing to do is destroy my life for partisan gain.

I now officially hate Fox News and Charles Krauthammer!

And the ironic part is that I’m the one that, several years ago, got my dad hooked on the Special Report in the first place. I’m the one that programmed it into his DVR even though he wasn’t interested.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:36 AM

FU Charles Krauthammer and FNC! Go. to. Hell!

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:37 AM

history is all denouement

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:38 AM

Judgement Day

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:39 AM

I want to save America from Obamacare for the benefit of all, and my dad wants to make people pay for partisan reasons, yet I’m the extremist!

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:43 AM

I want to save America from Obamacare for the benefit of all, and my dad wants to make people pay for partisan reasons, yet I’m the extremist!

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 4:43 AM

A very old, old observation:

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.

If you ever really do know what you are talking about, FloatingRock, you will be in the minority. Less selection provided by group — which can skew things into more comfort.

Axe on September 26, 2013 at 4:51 AM

It’s important for leadership to be in touch with the base

Actually leadership is what Cruz/CruzControl is all about.
Many of us have been looking for a Ronald Reagan II. someone who could fill the Gippers shoes 30 years later. Finally, we have that man.
He is Ted Cruz.
And as Rush said yesterday before he interviewed Cruz he’s a fighter.”
Cruz is a fighter.
Someone who can not only take a punch and he has taken many from both sides of the aisle and the Driveby Media but someone who can deliver one as well.
He delivered yesterday in a fiery 21 hour boxing match seldom seen in these times of rinos and GOPE’s.
I will support Ted Cruz for 2016 and beyond.

rodguy911 on September 26, 2013 at 4:56 AM

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.

Without question.

The worse part is that since I’m not on Fox News my dad doesn’t even care what I think. He won’t even discuss it because I’m just an “extremist”; Fox News told him so.

Oh, and Special Report is the only news show that he watches, except for maybe some local Seattle News in the morning.

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 5:04 AM

I see Ted Cruz as quite possibly equatable to Jimmy Doolittle.

“The Doolittle Raid is viewed by historians as a major morale-building victory for the United States. Although the damage done to Japanese war industry was minor, the raid showed the Japanese that their homeland was vulnerable to air attack, and forced them to withdraw several front-line fighter units from Pacific war zones for homeland defense. More significantly, Japanese commanders considered the raid deeply embarrassing, and their attempt to close the perceived gap in their Pacific defense perimeter led directly to the decisive American victory during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.”

VorDaj on September 26, 2013 at 5:17 AM

FloatingRock on September 26, 2013 at 5:04 AM

I sympathize, for what it’s worth. Some of my family is like that. Giving them pages of the amnesty bill to read had positive and surprising results.

dogsoldier on September 26, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Cruz did what was necessary.

TX-96 on September 26, 2013 at 6:01 AM

morning joe and crew shocked by polls indicating that the public leans more towards gop view of having cuts linked with debt ceiling hike and that the blame is evenly divided…this is not the gops fault

oh nooooo

polls they actually don’t like

own it dems/msdnc

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:09 AM

rattner, its complicated that dear leader was against debt ceiling hike in 2006 but he’s for it now

lol

yeah

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Cruz did what was necessary.

TX-96 on September 26, 2013 at 6:01 AM

yup

msdnc touts 40% blame gop but don’t show 38% blame dems/president
bias there?

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:11 AM

lol, joe’s daily rant against cruz….

highlarious

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! …And, Trolls. When the discoverer of electricity was asked what our new nation was going to be, he replied, “A Republic, madam. If you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin
My take: “Of Obamacare, the United Nations, and a Congressional Betrayal”

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM

His Dad is an asskicker, too… Somebody posted this before, but ICYMI, this is worth every second…

Rafael Cruz

PointnClick on September 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

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…

Or perhaps, just perhaps, this is how the people and State of Texas feels towards the federal government and Cruz is just a reflection of that?

You never know… that could be a great idea there: reflecting the values of the people that you represent.

Someone might just be trying that. You never know.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Nice piece, Jester…

PointnClick on September 26, 2013 at 6:36 AM

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM

morning KJ….another good take

3 more years of this crapola….*sigh*

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

PointnClick on September 26, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Thank you!

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 6:47 AM

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

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.

Because Ted, you’ve offended the triceratops Republicans by daring to speak out without permission. For not spending days talking about strategies that will never result in legislative success. For making the triceratops class uncomfortable because their weaknesses were on full display.

Don’t worry about it. You did more than they’ve done in years. A full discussion of Obamacare was in a complete news cycle. And you’ve exposed the emptiness of the vows to get rid of Obamacare by your go-along-to-get-along Republican colleagues.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:51 AM

You never know… that could be a great idea there: reflecting the values of the people that you represent.

Someone might just be trying that. You never know.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I think it is more than that. Too many conservatives have felt alienated by the triceratops Republicans who have lectured us for years on the need to play parliamentary games and focus on crafting legislation that doesn’t offend the enemy- even when the GOP has the majority. The GOP’s last two Presidential candidates were chosen for “electability” not principle-driven reasons.

Cruz is the antithesis of that and it resonated. While the triceratops will undoubtedly be pushing Christie or some other worthless liberal, Cruz seems to be the real deal which is why both the Dems and the triceratops GOP is running scared.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:56 AM

3 more years of this crapola….*sigh*

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

If that’s your mood this morning, I’d advise you to avoid the WaPo today. The front of the Style section has a gushing full-page (continued on the inside) story about how super awesome Mooch has been as First Yeti.

When I saw that I thought “really” What the hell is the point of that kind of a story right now? It would be one thing if the worthless whore was going somewhere but why right now?

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

thanks for the heads up, will definitely pass on that…

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

OT-

Everybody see that Michael Savage is replacing Sean Hannity on the Cumulus radio network? I’m not sure Savage is the best drive time host. Making people angry who are already stuck in traffic seems to be a really bad idea.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

LOL!

You have a point. and, as you can see by today’s blog, I’m in agreement about the Vichy Republicans.

I expect the Concern Trolls to continue their garbage today, that they started yesterday afternoon.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 7:07 AM

I expect the Concern Trolls to continue their garbage today, that they started yesterday afternoon.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Undoubtedly. Cruz is still riding high in public opinion.

BTW, In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli had a great line in last night’s debate with your “pal” Terry McAuliffe- If Terry McAuliffe is elected, Virginia is going have to change its motto from Sic Semper Tyrannis to Quid Pro Quo.

Terry also made a comment about his intentions Colorado-like gun legislation that exposed the fact he does not have a clue how the legislative process works in the Commonwealth. Apparently he thought he could do a lot of it by executive fiat and not through the House of Delegates.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:16 AM

OT-
Everybody see that Michael Savage is replacing Sean Hannity on the Cumulus radio network? I’m not sure Savage is the best drive time host. Making people angry who are already stuck in traffic seems to be a really bad idea.
Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

I used to listen to Savage often when my schedule was different. Don’t always agree with him, and he’s full of it half the time, and he’s such a self promoter, and he makes rash judgements based on almost nothing, and then he changes his view the next day, and he’s not good when callers challenge him….

But I found him entertaining and different and strangely addicting. Hannity can be a bit dry. Savage is anything but dry. Limbaugh is probably the best. Medved is also a good host who makes you think, but be ready to hear him promote amnesty.

bluegill on September 26, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Cuccinelli should be yelling about McAuliffe and Green Tech Automotive from the highest mountaintop.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Hewitt is a total bore. Prager is too meandering and long-winded and too wannabe intellectual and thoughtful.

bluegill on September 26, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I really like Hannity, though. Prefer him on tv. Only show that doesn’t stress me out.

bluegill on September 26, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Cuccinelli should be yelling about McAuliffe and Green Tech Automotive from the highest mountaintop.

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

I know but, sadly, McAuliffe seems to be keeping an edge by scaring the many very stupid women that apparently live in the Commonwealth. He’s got tons of cash from outside interests and isn’t afraid of spreading it around with lies about Cuccinelli’s positions on social issues.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Cruz!

Bmore on September 26, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on September 26, 2013 at 7:41 AM

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