House Republicans: Ted Cruz killed our amnesty

posted at 6:41 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s no man or woman in red-state America these days with more power than Cruz to set a new conservative litmus test. But c’mon: How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform? It’s like blaming Rand Paul for turning libertarians against the NSA. He plays a useful role in bringing attention to the issue, but those people turned on their own initiative ages ago. Same here.

Cruz won’t mind being blamed for this one, though.

House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as “amnesty,” spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans…

Later that day [on January 30th, when the House GOP released its immigration principles], while Boehner was closeted with colleagues miles from the nation’s capital, Cruz used back-to-back television appearances to invoke the politically charged word “amnesty” to characterize the legalization offered by Boehner’s plan.

By the time the GOP caucus broke up and Boehner headed back to Capitol Hill on Jan. 31, the House speaker was backtracking. Republican lawmakers so distrusted President Obama’s readiness to enforce any immigration law that GOP lawmakers would not support immigration reform before the 2014 midterm congressional elections in November, Boehner declared.

Asked about his influential remarks Tuesday, Cruz said the Boehner plan was “inconsistent with the rule of law” and “a political mistake,” adding that he was “glad to see Republicans in the House agreed.”

Would any tea-party Republicans in the House have embraced the leadership’s immigration plan if Cruz had kept quiet? It’s not pressure from big-name conservatives that keeps them in line, it’s the fact that they come from overwhelmingly red districts and know what backing amnesty would mean for their primary chances. The more interesting thought experiment is what would have happened if Cruz had shocked the world and declared that Boehner’s plan sounded promising. That might have shaken loose some conservative votes for amnesty; there’s no sturdier political cover on the right at the moment than being able to say that Ted Cruz supports your position. I wonder if he’s ever tempted to do it, if only to bigfoot rivals like Rubio and Rand Paul by showing them he can bring righties around on an immigration deal to an extent that they can’t. Or maybe he doubts that he even has that much cachet. If Rubio’s tea-party cred could be incinerated in one stroke by trying to lead on this issue, why on earth would Cruz touch it?

His next conservative venture, incidentally, is the State Marriage Defense Act, which he introduced with Mike Lee yesterday. That’s a response both to the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last year, striking down part of DOMA, and to Holder’s announcement earlier this week that the DOJ will begin acknowledging same-sex marriages as legitimate for federal legal purposes (e.g., invoking the spousal privilege during federal trials) regardless of whether the underlying state law recognizes them or not. Cruz’s and Lee’s bill would force the feds to follow state marriage law as guidance on that. It’s going nowhere in the Senate, needless to say, but it’s a smart bit of politics in both tackling a subject of social conservative concern and proposing a federalist solution to it that centrists can live with.


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Who knew that one man could wield such power in the Senate and not be in the majority?

ajacksonian on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Excellent!
Cruz 2016!
Bishop.

RDH on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Good for you, Senator Cruz!

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Boo freakin’ hoo, motherfletchers.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Man, it’s a slow news day.

Mark1971 on February 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

TED CRUZ 2016!

Pork-Chop on February 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

At least I have one great senator!!

No Time Clock on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

God bless Ted Cruz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Who knew that one man could wield such power in the Senate and not be in the majority?

ajacksonian on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Good for you, Senator Cruz!

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Killed it good and dead, hopefully.

CurtZHP on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

What’s not to like?

Keep it up, Ted!

BabyGrace on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

House Republicans: Ted Cruz killed our amnesty

Heh, don’t worry establishment GOP, the party is next…..

redguy on February 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Good on him.

Gingotts on February 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

More power too him! Pipe dreamin’, but wouldn’t he be a great replacement for Mitch the Post Turtle?

NiteOwl on February 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Stuff like this makes me think it would be better for Cruz to stay in the Senate awhile. Hes making a difference there. But yes, Ted Cruz 2016 . :-)

Jack_Burton on February 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

HALLELUJAH !!! Another reason to LOVE Ted Cruz !

stenwin77 on February 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Why do some idiots assume that the 11 million undocumented/illegal aliens already here aren’t working now? Come on, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they are already here. They are working in the shadows now. Isn’t that enough cheap labor without destroying the Republican Party?

Yeah. I know. The Republican Party is quite capable of destroying itself without the cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce.

BigAlSouth on February 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Love Ted Cruz!! My other senator is a RINO (Cornyn)

AnnaS on February 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Oh, and by the way, Cruz 2016.

BigAlSouth on February 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Maybe his stake remain sharp. There are a lot of leftard legislative, judicial, executive, and administrative edicts that could use one driven through their rotten hearts about now.

Boomslang Joe on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

You go, Ted!

We need many more like him.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

PUAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Riiiight….

jawkneemusic on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Why do some idiots assume that the 11 million undocumented/illegal aliens already here aren’t working now? Come on, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they are already here. They are working in the shadows now. Isn’t that enough cheap labor without destroying the Republican Party?

Yeah. I know. The Republican Party is quite capable of destroying itself without the cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce.

BigAlSouth on February 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

But the more the American electorate makes excuses…

But Gryph! They’re better than the Dems, right?

…the longer and more painful the process will be for us all.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Cruz / Scarborough 2016

mjbrooks3 on February 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

It won’t stay dead for long. It’s not called Night of the Living Amnesty for nothing.

We need more representatives like Ted Cruz.

Always need to stay vigilant in fighting this thing!

I would be more enthusiastic about potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz than I have ever been about any presidential candidate. Yes, he hasn’t been in the Senate long, but so far, so so good!

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Gryph – there is no answer that anyone can provide that will be to your satisfaction. And while I dont necessarily disagree with the doom-n-gloom, if one man, Ted Cruz, is able to stymie the Shamnesty Disaster (even if only one month/year/election cycle at a time), then the man deserves the props for trying. Otherwise, what? Roll over? Give up? F underscore That.

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

It’s nice to know there’s at least one guy in the Capitol that gives a damn about us plebs in the outer districts.

Boomslang Joe on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

It’s nice to know there’s at least one guy in the Capitol that gives a damn about us plebs in the outer districts.

Boomslang Joe on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Maybe 3 or 4. Out of 535. 10 if you count the appointees.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Gryph – there is no answer that anyone can provide that will be to your satisfaction. And while I dont necessarily disagree with the doom-n-gloom, if one man, Ted Cruz, is able to stymie the Shamnesty Disaster (even if only one month/year/election cycle at a time), then the man deserves the props for trying. Otherwise, what? Roll over? Give up? F underscore That!

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Thank God for Ted Cruz! Cruz 2016! GOP or Third Party!

redware on February 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

showing them he can bring righties around on an immigration deal to an extent that they can’t. Or maybe he doubts that he even has that much cachet.

If Cruz doubts that he can bring righties around to favoring an amnesty deal, he’s right.

Cruz is a politician. Amnesty is horrible public policy. And we’re not idiots (see, e.g., Marco Rubio’s record on this same issue). We’re not going to “come around” to favoring amnesty anymore than we’re going to “come around” to favoring Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs.

AZCoyote on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I find it interesting and weird that a freshman Senator can kill a house bill in congress and cause a shutdown in the congressional house as well. Should Senator Cruz change his title to Speaker of the House?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Cruz was only echoing the sentiments of a majority of conservative Americans. Too bad those whiny house republicans aren’t more tuned into reality. That said, WTG Ted

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In that case, we’re free (from this) a little while longer and that is the victory. Such is the nature of freedom. The fight always continues. At no point will we ever be able to celebrate that the tyrants are gone as they’ll never cease to repackage their evils and force them upon us. All we can do is delay them and thwart them little by little, clinging endlessly at what liberty we have and making certain nothing is taken without a fight.

Cruz is one of the fighters in a GOP made up of too many Lavals and Quislings. We need more of him, to reduce their power and we will indeed be more free.

Gingotts on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Yeah. I give up. Throw in the towel. Nothing we can do about it. We are doomed to be shackled to the whims of the elite.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Thank you, Ted Cruz & Texas.

Amnesty is a Trojan horse for permanent Demonrat control.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Should Senator Cruz change his title to Speaker of the House?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

+1

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

A big Thanks to Ted Cruz.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

ted cruz single-handedly shut down the government!!

ted cruz single-handedly killed the immigration bill!!

wow this ted cruz guy has a heck of a lot of power, apparently. =)

but seriously, ted for pres in 2016! i like this guy.

Sachiko on February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

His next conservative venture, incidentally, is the State Marriage Defense Act, which he introduced with Mike Lee yesterday.
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http://www.cruz.senate.gov/
February 13, 2014
Sens. Cruz and Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, today introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, which respects the definition of marriage held by the people of each state and protects states from the federal government’s efforts to force any other definition upon them. The bill will ensure …

Sens. Cruz and Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act
S. 2024 preserves ability of states to define marriage consistent with values of their citizens
February 13, 2014
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(202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, today introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, which respects the definition of marriage held by the people of each state and protects states from the federal government’s efforts to force any other definition upon them. The bill will ensure the federal government gives the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that have chosen to recognize same-sex unions.

“I support traditional marriage. Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for its residents.”

“How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state,” said Sen. Lee. “It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense Act provides an important protection for states, respecting the right to choose for themselves how each will treat the institution of marriage under the law.”

In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court improperly held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s reasoning requires the federal government to respect the primacy of the states in defining marriage.

Unfortunately, since the Windsor decision, the Obama Administration’s agenda to force same-sex marriage has led both to the violation of these principles and to the rise of inconsistencies among several federal agencies that either look to the law of the state where an individual lives to determine eligibility for marital benefits or recognize marriages based solely on the law of the state where a marriage ceremony was held.

The State Marriage Defense Act will correct this inconsistency and protect states from an out of control administration that is seeking to force same sex marriage upon states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

###

http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=926

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Should Senator Cruz change his title to Speaker of the House?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

+1

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

And then in two years President Cruz?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I get what you’re saying, gryph, but the seed has to be planted before anything can grow.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Gryph – there is no answer that anyone can provide that will be to your satisfaction. And while I dont necessarily disagree with the doom-n-gloom, if one man, Ted Cruz, is able to stymie the Shamnesty Disaster (even if only one month/year/election cycle at a time), then the man deserves the props for trying. Otherwise, what? Roll over? Give up? F underscore That!

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Jed, have you missed the numerous times I have mentioned what I thought should be done? I applaud Ted Cruz for his steadfastness. He is doing everything he can, and should be recognized for such. That being said, we’re going to be in such orgasmic frenzy over one man doing the right thing one time that we’ll whistle right to the graveyard while the other 534 congressweasels manage to snuff out what’s left of our freedom anyway!

We need to bring the full force of state legislative power (the states, not FedGov) to bear on Capitol Hill, and we need to give our elected sheriffs the power to give those nullification acts teeth. I’m not at all opposed to invoking Article V while we’re at it. This business of expecting politicians to fix what took politicians 100+ years to break is utter foolishness.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Thank you, Ted Cruz & Texas.
Amnesty is a Trojan horse for permanent Demonrat control.
22044 on February 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Absolutely right. And establishment Republicans are trying to change the terms of the debate, avoiding words like “amnesty,” trying to trick conservatives into thinking that their “reform principles” are the opposite of what they are.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I get what you’re saying, gryph, but the seed has to be planted before anything can grow.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I don’t hear Ted Cruz advocating for nullification, Pred. Can you imagine what a “nuclear option” it would be for someone from within the Good Ole Boys’ club to make such a statement?

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Republicans will sell out just about any principle to keep the establishment gravy train going. It’s a way of life, and becoming Dem lite is an easy price to pay.

So here you have one guy actually being conservative causing so much trouble. Simply being conservative… It’s such a foreign concept to guys like Boehner.

Dongemaharu on February 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

GOP Hari-Kari, …er,…kamikaze Caucus:

The Minority Maker
Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote.
Feb. 12, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET
**************************

The Senate passed the House debt-limit increase on Wednesday, but not before some needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.

Democrats had enough votes to pass the increase with a simple majority, which means they would have owned the debt increase. But then Senator Ted Cruz —the same fellow who planned the GOP’s shutdown fiasco in October—objected on the floor and insisted on a 60-vote majority. This is exactly what Democratic leader Harry Reid wanted because if the bill failed he would have sent the Senate home on recess and returned later this month to join President Obama in flogging the GOP as the debt-ceiling deadline neared.

Democrats beat the odds and retained their Senate majority in 2010 and 2012 in part because they stuck together.

If Republicans fail again this November,

a big reason will be their rump kamikaze caucus.
(More….)
==========

http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304434104579379374287357650-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwMzExNDMyWj

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Why do some idiots assume that the 11 million undocumented/illegal aliens already here aren’t working now?

BigAlSouth on February 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

… or voting (undoubtedly virtually all Dem) every chance they get?

ShainS on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

PATRIOT.

portlandon on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Do you really believe that? Being you’re from the People’s Republic of Canuckistan, land of the absolutely free health care(TM), sometimes it’s hard for me to tell which side of the Great American Debate you come down on.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Ted Cruz = Integrity!!

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Jed, have you missed the numerous times I have mentioned what I thought should be done? I applaud Ted Cruz for his steadfastness. He is doing everything he can, and should be recognized for such. That being said, we’re going to be in such orgasmic frenzy over one man doing the right thing one time that we’ll whistle right to the graveyard while the other 534 congressweasels manage to snuff out what’s left of our freedom anyway!

We need to bring the full force of state legislative power (the states, not FedGov) to bear on Capitol Hill, and we need to give our elected sheriffs the power to give those nullification acts teeth. I’m not at all opposed to invoking Article V while we’re at it. This business of expecting politicians to fix what took politicians 100+ years to break is utter foolishness.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I agree with what you’re saying, and I’m under no illusions that Ted Cruz can do it all himself. That said, if one man (out of ~535) has the heart, mind, soul, and testicles to stand up and try to do that right thing, then that man deserves to know that people stand behind him.

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Should Senator Cruz change his title to Speaker of the House?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

You know, nothing precludes Cruz from being named Speaker of the House. The Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 simply states: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers.” Something for Boehner to chew on.

de rigueur on February 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

We need to bring the full force of state legislative power (the states, not FedGov) to bear on Capitol Hill, and we need to give our elected sheriffs the power to give those nullification acts teeth. I’m not at all opposed to invoking Article V while we’re at it. This business of expecting politicians to fix what took politicians 100+ years to break is utter foolishness.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

There you go!

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Cruz equals spine….gop not so much….

crosshugger on February 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Yeah. I give up. Throw in the towel. Nothing we can do about it. We are doomed to be shackled to the whims of the elite.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Or we can take charge and quit expecting politicians to fix what politicians broke. If we keep electing politicians to replace politicians, what makes you think we deserve any less than to be shackled to the whims of those elites?

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

And then in two years President Cruz?

KMav on February 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

If a rookie Jr. Senator, (with a stanch resume of an experienced community organizer), can do it, why not?

Rovin on February 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I agree with what you’re saying, and I’m under no illusions that Ted Cruz can do it all himself. That said, if one man (out of ~535) has the heart, mind, soul, and testicles to stand up and try to do that right thing, then that man deserves to know that people stand behind him.

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

All I’m saying is, it’s not enough. I am conservative because, among other factors, I believe in substance and results over bare symbolism. Dark times call for drastic measures.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

So fellers, are we more free or less free than we were before Cruz took office? I’m not impugning the man’s motives one bit here, but let’s be realistic. If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

This forces those wanting amnesty more into the open as backroom deals become much harder to get inside the caucus… and talking with Harry Reid will make waves.

It will not stop the push, but in an election year and fearing backlash in doing it out in the open…its a start. This needs to happen more often, not less. More transparency is a good thing, and stops the backroom deals. Force the leadership to actually say what it wants in the open and it will start to get remarkably quiet. Amazing how that works.

ajacksonian on February 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Do you really believe that? Being you’re from the People’s Republic of Canuckistan, land of the absolutely free health care(TM), sometimes it’s hard for me to tell which side of the Great American Debate you come down on.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

gryphon202:

I like Cruz, support Cruz, and any news regarding Ted Cruz,
good or bad,….me posts it!

BTW,….I sent these goodies into tips,..*Wink-Wink*!!

canopfor on February 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Oh, this is one of those “don’t call it what it really is because the people really won’t like it” games, this time being played by the R’s. Damn, this politicking can be difficult. If only we could eliminate that pesky voting thing.

BKeyser on February 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Or we can take charge and quit expecting politicians to fix what politicians broke. If we keep electing politicians to replace politicians, what makes you think we deserve any less than to be shackled to the whims of those elites?

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

More! This is what I like to see instead of whining and complaining to the choir! I called Roy Blunt’s office before the vote and I am happy to see that he voted against the debt ceiling hike. Not saying I was responsible for that vote but that this is what we all need to do.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

What a shame that Cruz is the exception and not the rule.

HiJack on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

What a shame that Cruz is the exception and not the rule.

HiJack on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

You aren’t just whistling Dixie, Jack.

Consider for a moment, ladies and gentlemen: Ted Cruz’s exercise of integrity is seen by John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Marco Rubio as an impediment to the legislative process.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?

Gerrymandering.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Cruz was as responsible for killing the House’s amnesty proposal as he was for shutting down the government.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Cruz – Gowdy 2016

RealMc on February 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Issue-related:

Judge Napolitano on FOX earlier today identified Obama’s job duty violations, saying (I will paraphrase): ‘the penalty for illegal aliens is deportation; but when Obama as PResident tells them they need to do this, this and this to avoid that penalty, he (Obama as President) is violating the law.’

Napolitano used a legal term I can’t now recall instead of “violating” to refer to Obama as President corrupting the law or working against it in contradiction to the reason “he was hired (to enforce the laws)” (that last quoted material is an actual quote).

So then Napolitano went on to say (again, I paraphrase): ‘so what do we do when a President, who is hired to enforce our laws, does exactly the opposite?’

Napolitano said, “turn to the courts, but” then went on to say the courts are not doing their job, either, are (something like) cowardly, remiss at their duties.

But he added, a judge would say that the remedy Congress/the nation has to such violations of the job by any President is “impeachment” “but we don’t have the heart or the will to do that and there’s this CULT surrounding Obama…”

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Ted 2016! Keep sticking it to the RINOs and Obama!!!!!

Doomsday on February 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

More! This is what I like to see instead of whining and complaining to the choir! I called Roy Blunt’s office before the vote and I am happy to see that he voted against the debt ceiling hike. Not saying I was responsible for that vote but that this is what we all need to do.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Don’t stop at the Capitol Hill switchboard, Vince. Talk to your state legislators about nullification. Talk to your county/parish sheriff. No more oppression under color of law!

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Keep it up Ted!! By this time next year weeping John will be in rehab and Mitch the turtle will be collecting retirement pay. God bless Texas!! Someday I will visit, I have been dying to see the basement at the Alamo.

Exninja on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

(cont.) “…there’s this CULT surrounding Obama that says he can do whatever he wants to do” that allows Obama’s violations to occur and continue, unabated. So concluded Napolitano.

But it was good to hear him speak out as directly as he did in these comments today, using this gross violation of the nation’s laws regarding refusal to enforce against illegal aliens.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

– Andrew Jackson

There’s a lesson here for the GoPee (GOP establishment eunichs), but — of course — they’re beyond hope …

ShainS on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Consider for a moment, ladies and gentlemen: Ted Cruz’s exercise of integrity is seen by John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Marco Rubio as an impediment to the legislative process.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Yeah, it keeps them from “getting things done.” You know, the kind of “things” that have steadily been driving this country into the crapper for decades. It’s a wonder that the nation still stands at all.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

At least there is one Republican Senator with a spine… good for him!

Khun Joe on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Good for Ted!

ConstantineXI on February 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

House Republicans: We would have gotten away with lying to our voters if Ted Cruz hadn’t told them the truth.

But yeah, we just need to elect more republicans because they’re not democrats, lol.

xblade on February 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Issue-related:

Judge Napolitano on FOX earlier today identified Obama’s job duty violations, saying (I will paraphrase): ‘the penalty for illegal aliens is deportation; but when Obama as PResident tells them they need to do this, this and this to avoid that penalty, he (Obama as President) is violating the law.’

Napolitano used a legal term I can’t now recall instead of “violating” to refer to Obama as President corrupting the law or working against it in contradiction to the reason “he was hired (to enforce the laws)” (that last quoted material is an actual quote).

So then Napolitano went on to say (again, I paraphrase): ‘so what do we do when a President, who is hired to enforce our laws, does exactly the opposite?’

Napolitano said, “turn to the courts, but” then went on to say the courts are not doing their job, either, are (something like) cowardly, remiss at their duties.

But he added, a judge would say that the remedy Congress/the nation has to such violations of the job by any President is “impeachment” “but we don’t have the heart or the will to do that and there’s this CULT surrounding Obama…”

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Nullification, Lourdes. State legislatures should start passing acts explicitly spelling out that they will not aid in the enforcement of unconstitutional laws. The wording of such resolutions would naturally be more complex than that, but it really is that simple at its core. We can’t depend on FedGov, and that includes the courts.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I must say Cruz, Lee and Paul make the GOP dim wits look even dimmer.

Charm on February 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Cruz – Gowdy 2016

RealMc on February 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I was a big Gowdy fan for a long time. But I read somewhere that he was kind of on the immigration bandwagon of the establishment.

Wish I could remember where I read that. I’d post a link.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It’s not pressure from big-name conservatives that keeps them in line, it’s the fact that they come from overwhelmingly red districts and know what backing amnesty would mean for their primary chances.

“I have a pen, a phone, and a drone” — obama

“We have phones aimed at DC drones” — the people, aka “the folks”, if obama says it

:)

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Nullification, Lourdes. State legislatures should start passing acts explicitly spelling out that they will not aid in the enforcement of unconstitutional laws. The wording of such resolutions would naturally be more complex than that, but it really is that simple at its core. We can’t depend on FedGov, and that includes the courts.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

It’s being done in some states on the gun issue. But it needs to be done in more states on more issues. The governors may be our last hope.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

But c’mon: How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform? It’s like blaming Rand Paul for turning libertarians against the NSA.

-Allahpundit

Many do need to be educated about this! Continually.

Most Americans oppose illegal alien amnesty. There is no strong desire out there among voters for amnesty and immigration law enforcement is not merely a concern of the conservative “base.”

That’s why amnesty supporters have to lie to voters, hide their true intentions and pay for ads like this:

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/ecrUDjMlf5s. (Gives impression Graham and Rubio are for getting “tough” on illegal aliens)

And here’s a Zuckerberg-funded, fake “conservative” ad that tries to trick voters into thinking the Republican sellout amnesty proposal is what’s needed to “get tough” on illegals:
VIDEO: http://youtu.be/l9XRF_kqIN4

The Chamber of Commerce and others are putting a lot of money towards trying to convince conservatives that these amnesty efforts are the opposite of what they are.

So, yes, Allahpundit, people need to be reminded. Not everyone has the time to read blogs like this or to follow the issue very closely, and that is something amnesty supporters try to take advantage of.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform?

What you at least semi-pejoratively call border hawks, I call law abiding Americans. And what you at least semi-lovingly call “immigration reform”, I call amnesty/big rewards for criminal invaders. I speak truth. You speak Orwell and Goebbels.

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I put Ted Cruz in office to do exactly what he is doing.

SCREW democrat slime bags.

TX-96 on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Don’t stop at the Capitol Hill switchboard, Vince. Talk to your state legislators about nullification. Talk to your county/parish sheriff. No more oppression under color of law!

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

County Sheriff is a dem but he’s retiring. I have been in contact with the Republican candidate.

I do not have a state Senator as he was named by our dem Governor as chairman of the labor board and he won’t call a special election to fill the seat.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

God bless Ted Cruz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Racist Christianist, you…oh, wait, he’s Latino and religious…never mind, bg.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

What you at least semi-pejoratively call border hawks, I call law abiding Americans. And what you at least semi-lovingly call “immigration reform”, I call amnesty/big rewards for criminal invaders. I speak truth. You speak Orwell and Goebbels.
VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Yes!!! Excellent points!!

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

“This job is too big for one man” — obama and leftists

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Yeah, right. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the upcoming election. Immigration, like gun control, is much too hot for Republicans to touch. But they’ll get around to it, just like they wouldn’t vote for Obamacare, but they’ll replace it with something potentially as bad.

rickv404 on February 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

It’s being done in some states on the gun issue. But it needs to be done in more states on more issues. The governors may be our last hope.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I’m a proponent of general nullification acts, with additional resolutions passed on an as-needed basis for presentation in the courts. The states are treading lightly so far on explicit issues such as the second and fourth amendments, but I don’t believe it goes far enough. It is a step in the right direction.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

To the extent that the House Republican leadership is correct in blaming Cruz for scuttling their plans to sell out the U.S. in exchange for some corporate money in the next election, Cruz is the savior of the Republican Party, at least for the time being.

ptolemy on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican

You mean yourself, right?

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

We could accomplish quite a good lot if we had Ted Cruz as Senate Majority Leader

…and/or Rand Paul there with Trey Gowdy as Head of Justice.

Of course, that’d mean a Congressional majority for the GOP and a Republican President. Think positively.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Someday I will visit, I have been dying to see the basement at the Alamo.

Exninja on February 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Yeah, I kinda thought the same thing. And, then I visited the Alamo. You could hear a pin drop inside the walls. It’s hallowed ground. I hadn’t understood or respected it enough (Pee Wee didn’t help) but it is definitely worth a visit.

Uh oh. …?

Fallon on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Alert: Sen Cruz will be on Mark Levin’s radio show at the half-hour (7:30 Eastern)

Thank you Sen Cruz! Can’t wait to say thank you President Cruz!!

NixTyranny on February 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

County Sheriff is a dem but he’s retiring. I have been in contact with the Republican candidate.

I do not have a state Senator as he was named by our dem Governor as chairman of the labor board and he won’t call a special election to fill the seat.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

That’s the real bear of nullification. There are absolutely some states where it’s a non-starter. I’m aware of that. But that’s okay. That’s why the bulk of subsidiaritive power is vested in the states instead of FedGov. You’re always welcome to move here to South Dakota if things get a little too hot. Who is John Galt? ;)

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

If the Republicans want amnesty, they’lll get it by hook or by crook. It won’t matter what the people want any more than it matters to Obama what the people want.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

As VorDaj said, they and AP didn’t call it amnesty. They keep calling it immigration reform, which it is NOT.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Ted Cruz, President
Trey Gowdy, DoJ
Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader

There IS talent in the GOP, we just have to support it and continue to reject the Progressives.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

If Cruz is the nominee, not only will he get the hot sh*t beat out of him by cankles, but conservatives will be inundated with charges of hypocrisy for supporting a one term junior Senator with no executive experience after all the charges we made against Obama. Something to think about. Not that anyone here cares, but the LIV’ers will have it dangled in front of them like a shiny new toy by the MSM.

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

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