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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Their dirty little secrets and their dirty little lies
The amnesty pushers have got their dirty little fingers in so many dirty pies

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:26 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

You must know that they’re talking about the next so-many million illegal aliens, cheap labor.

The ones they’ll make citizens will take the jobs of blacks and others who need jobs, but will vote D. Commerce looks for the next lot…shhhhh we’re not supposed to know this.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:27 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…

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

The thing is, REGARDLESS of WHO is the GOP nominee, that same response is a given by the Left, particularly if the Clinton Crew are involved and there’s little chance they won’t be in the upcoming Congressional elections and Presidential afterward.

I have my doubts about Hillary as the Dem nominee but it doesn’t actually matter in the anticipated onslaught from the Left against whoever the GOP nominates because it’s what the Left does. It’s their one and only talent: the politics of personal destruction.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Bro, at first I was like WTF are you talking about…but the more I read from you…the more I liked what I read. I’d like to believe that every phucking blue moon, a politician comes along who actually loves his country and wants to do right by the people. If four or five more could join Cruz in the Senate and blanket the country with their message where they get some traction…you’d see so many of those establishment retards literally running over each other to say they were with the people all along. But barring any of that happening, I like your solutions.

msupertas on February 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Thanks goodness for Cruz

border hawk on February 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

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

We agree.
Sincerely, President Dole, President McCain, & President Romney

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

In the month of Obama 65
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, or say
Is in the Obama Government mandated pill you took today

In the month of Obama 75
Ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a Obamacare doctor who knows a thing to do
Nobody’s gonna even look at you

In the month of Obama 85
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your hands got nothing to do
Some DNC machine is even doing your internet typing for you

In the month of Obama 95
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your Barack cloned son, pick your Michelle cloned daughter too
From the bottom of a long slimy tube

Now it’s the start of Obama’s third term
American is 100 trillion in debt and has cried a billion tears
For what so many Americans never knew
Now America’s time is through
But through the eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it’s only yesterday

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

One man with his finger in the dyke.

faraway on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I heart Ted Cruz…. in a political way, of course.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 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

+1

ShainS on February 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

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

Thanks for the invite! I hope, in five years,to be touring the west in an RV.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

The Dirtiest Little “Secret” of them all:

The reason that politician supporters of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” want it is so that they and/or their campaign contributors can have serf labor. They would probably prefer actual out-and-out slaves but that is illegal. “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” Democrats, like Obama, also want it so that those who are now illegal can become legal and vote for them, if they aren’t voting for them already.

Does anyone think that any of these “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” politicians actually care one wit otherwise for the illegals. Does anyone think that any of the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” politicians are going to invite these Mexican Indios and Mezclados to join their elite/exclusive golf clubs? Come to live in their gated communities, other than as servants? Invite them to their yachts, other than as low paid deck hands and/or servants? Invite them to their cocktail parties? Introduce them to their daughters?

The big majority of the Mexicans who have come here/will come here are Indios and Mezclados, not the Spanish descendant fair-skinned ruling class of Mexico. This is a form of ethnic cleansing by Mexico’s ruling class. So these “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” politicians are aiding and abetting and facilitating ethnic cleansing. If the U.N. were not such a joke, they would all be standing trial for trying to reintroduce a form of latter-day-slavery in the United States and for the mass ethnic cleansing of Mexico.

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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

RINOs always say that. Congratulations on all your losses.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 7:33 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

OH NOES!!!@ And the media will call us “SEXISTLY SEXIST SEXISTS”! Oh noes, oh noes.

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

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.

Or maybe he’d never consider doing something that, you know, violated his principles or that he thought was bad for the country – just to prove he’s got clout, or something.

Midas on February 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

About all I can say is “Thank you, Sir” for remembering to dance with who brung ya.

creative dude on February 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

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

When Rapid City has an international airport and Comcast service, I’ll consider moving back.

Jeddite on February 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

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 I were a younger man, and looking for work, I’d have been in the N. Dakota oil fields some time ago.

I worked ‘em in the Southwest. Tough life, but good dough.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:38 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

You really believe there are only 11 million illegals in the country, BigAl? I’ve got some oceanfront property in Detroit that I’ll sell you cheap and even throw in a bridge.

In 1986, then Rep. Chuck Schumer assured us there were no more than 250,000 illegals in the country … 300,000 tops. The real number was 2.7 million.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 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

Scratch Trey Gowdy from the list. He is pro amnesty and would not enforce immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

The big majority of the Mexicans who have come here/will come here are Indios and Mezclados, not the Spanish descendant fair-skinned ruling class of Mexico. This is a form of ethnic cleansing by Mexico’s ruling class. So these “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” politicians are aiding and abetting and facilitating ethnic cleansing. If the U.N. were not such a joke, they would all be standing trial for trying to reintroduce a form of latter-day-slavery in the United States and for the mass ethnic cleansing of Mexico.

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Very true. Most of the illegal alien women are 5’1″ and weigh 300 pounds by the time they are 30. You don’t see them on the Univision YV shows.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 7:43 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

Been to Sioux Falls a few times. Delivered semis to that Freightliner dealer across the street from the Flying J. Nice country, nice folks.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Scratch Trey Gowdy from the list. He is pro amnesty and would not enforce immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

That’s what I thought, as I posted up thread. I couldn’t remember where I saw it. I like what the guy is trying to do on Benghazi, IRS scandal, and the like, but amnesty will turn this country into a one-party ruled nation in a heartbeat.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Aw, Ted just can’t play nice, now can he?

Akzed on February 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Legislative STUD….Ted Cruz.

KirknBurker on February 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

For most us who generally call themselves “Tea Party” Libertarian-Republicans, The thing about Cruz is this…1st a constitutionalist, 2nd a federalist, 3rd small limited government and, lastly a federalist view of social and cultural issues.

RiverRat on February 13, 2014 at 7:49 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

Because there is one here in the Omaha area who is in jail for brutally beating to death a 96-year old woman with his bare hands, splattering her blood all over the walls of her living room.

Why do some idiots assume that 100% of illegal immigrants never commit any crime and are f’in angels with no sins ever?

KirknBurker on February 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Well done Senator – well done!

gophergirl on February 13, 2014 at 7:53 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

Unlike Zippy, Cruz had an outstanding legal career, successfully arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. I don’t think Obama still has his law license and he never argued any major cases.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Scratch Trey Gowdy from the list. He is pro amnesty and would not enforce immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Very true, Gowdy has one major flaw, but it’s like cancer.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

because Cruz blasted it as “amnesty”

No. It was obviously amnesty, it didn’t need Cruz to point that out. Ok, amnesty lite, where we have legalization for all the illegals, including those that are streaming across the border right this moment, and that would flood across the border in massive numbers in the months to come after an amnesty bill’s passage seemed imminent. And once “legalized” the endless pressure from the left would be on for giving those legalized, and their kin, full citizenship. We as Republicans couldn’t get away with just legalizing them and leaving these people in limbo, while the important group, their bountiful children moved inexorably to full citizenship and voting for the Dems.

Ted Cruz 2016!

anotherJoe on February 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

The idea that Hispanics can’t think for themselves and make their own political decision is very offensive.

Legalize all undocumented aliens and let the chips fall where they may.

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

How disgusting that liberals like you equate “Hispanic” with illegal aliens. Many hispanic voters also oppose illegal alien amnesty.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 would be wise to remind the courts that Windsor was an estate tax case. If they were sisters or a brother and sister, they’d have to pay the tax.

What’s next? Same sex conjugal prison visits?

monalisa on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Who is this “we” you’re referring to, kemosabe? They can go back to where they came from a enter the country legally like the others. When you reward undesirable behavior, you get more of it. Surely a vast intellect such as yours can grasp that.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Just how many times do our “electable” Republicans have to get their azzes handed to them before you party folks buy a clue? Are you afraid of winning? You’ve got losing down to an art form.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Way to go Cruz. Can’t the RINOs see that he is representing the interests of the American people as they are supposed to be doing but aren’t?

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.
 
liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

 
Really? That’s what offends you the most? Gosh, I hope you never hear about what the NSA or IRS are doing.

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You really need to get back on the wagon.

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Go Cruz! Keep up the good work. Thanks for listening to your constituents. Very refreshing after watching the rulers do nothing but think of themselves in their cozy towers in Washington, D.C. You give us real HOPE .

mobydutch on February 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM

How disgusting that liberals like you equate “Hispanic” with illegal aliens. Many hispanic voters also oppose illegal alien amnesty.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I’m not going to engage in a fruitless debate. You clearly know what I was referring to.

You are nit-picking at this point.

It seems to me no lesson was learned by republicans after the 2012 election embarrassment Obama handed out.

Enjoy being a party who can’t win national elections.

The republican party is 1 in 6 when it comes to popular vote in the last 6 elections.

Truly a terrible stat.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You really need to get back on the wagon.

VorDaj on February 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Or stop drinking the bong water.

307wolverine on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Oh absolutely. The fact that they have historically done so means nothing.

Please tell me the last time that a majority of Hispanics voted for the GOP in a national election.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

The republican party is 1 in 6 when it comes to popular vote in the last 6 elections.

Truly a terrible stat.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

A terrible result brought on by the candidates the GOPe put on the ballot.

I present to you the Dole, McCain, Romney losing streak.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

GOP is so out of touch and thinks us so stupid they don’t understand that we know what amnesty is no mater what they call it, and we don’t want it. not really, in all actuality they do not care what we think. the only concern they have is the bribes coming in from the chambers of commerce to destroy the U.S. wage base and the middle class.

any legalization of status for anybody, anything other than repatriation for illegal foreign invaders IS amnesty

Never again another vote for any republican if they force amnesty upon my country

Garyinaz66 on February 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

f 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.

Had Cruz done something like that, his political future with Conservatives would be as dead as Rubio’s.

Ukiah on February 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Ted Cruz and Tim Scott 2016.

Texyank on February 13, 2014 at 8:16 PM

How disgusting that liberals like you equate “Hispanic” with illegal aliens. Many hispanic voters also oppose illegal alien amnesty.
 
bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

 
I’m not going to engage in a fruitless debate. You clearly know what I was referring to.
 
liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

 
Also written: “Ouch”

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

What a lot of “moderate” republicans don’t want to recognize or admit is the fact that there is little difference between the Dems and the GOPe.

They both support the status quo. What they want to do is have a political battle every few years over who controls that status quo.

But they don’t want the boat rocked, and Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and a few others are a tidal wave that they fear will capsize said boat.

predator on February 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

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.


What do they call this sort of behavior?

Wishcasting?

Denial?

Delusion?

Between Chris Christie and Ted Cruz living rent free in your head, AP, how do you manage to focus long enough to feed the cat?

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 8:20 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

That’s the beauty of it! There is never enough, because once they become citizens then they get that fifty-dollar an hour minimum wage of Obama’s and they’re no longer cheap labor… so you bring in eleven million more, and then eleven million more after that and so on and on and on… and poof, we are suddenly Northern Mexico, Western China, and probably some subdivision of Starbucks wherever else.

One pet peeve I’ve gotta mention, I’m sick of hearing that Eleven million number. That number has been used for how many years now? At least since the last Bush tried to push Amnesty, does anyone really think it’s that number still? They pass a bill… surprise surprise, actually thirty-million people suddenly spring from the shadows like some sort of mugger.

Ukiah on February 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I’m not going to engage in a fruitless debate. You clearly know what I was referring to.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Also written: “Ouch”

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM


How strange …

… what I read was, “LA-LA-LA-LA I can’t hear you !!!!”

;->

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 8:23 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You mean reward them for choosing to be in shadows in the first place. Now why would they do that? And why would we reward them for it?

de rigueur on February 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Well I’ll be go to hell, I was just saying the other day that Dems assume the the exact same thing.

antipc on February 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Just how many times do our “electable” Republicans have to get their azzes handed to them before you party folks buy a clue? Are you afraid of winning? You’ve got losing down to an art form.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

.
Occam’s Razor would indicate someone else has the Chicago Method of Intimidation down to an art form.

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Ted Cruz and Tim Scott 2016.

Texyank on February 13, 2014 at 8:16 PM

That’s a ticket that a racist right-winger like me could really get behind.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Still cruising

Abel on February 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

That’s BS, who’s going to harvest the pot, you need to survive?

antipc on February 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

How disgusting that liberals like you equate “Hispanic” with illegal aliens. Many hispanic voters also oppose illegal alien amnesty.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I’m not going to engage in a fruitless debate. You clearly know what I was referring to.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Also written: “Ouch”

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

…he just doesn’t know who he’s talking to!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Cruz is my political hero. He is one of the few candidates to which I will donate these days. I would have voted for him as well, but I live in the People’s Republic of California. Hey, at least we have nice weather!

Agent86 on February 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Lots of someone elses and I’m sick of it.

Yes, I know there is no such word but I like it.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

What about white collar criminals and the mafia? Shouldn’t we bring them out of the shadows as well? Think of the children!

sharrukin on February 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

What would really be funny is if Cruz has no desire to run for POTUS this time out! The media wouldn’t know whether to scratch their watchs or wind their butts.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

We agree.
Sincerely, President Dole, President McCain, & President Romney

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

We agree as well. Sincerely President Teddy Roosevelt, President Taft, President Harding, President Hoover, President Eisenhower, President Nixon, President Bush 41, and President Bush 43.

You realize that over the past 100 years we’ve only had two conservative Presidents, Coolidge and Reagan. 2 for 19 is not a great batting average.

An electorate that gets a stiffy for Barack Obama twice is not an electorate that’s crying out for Ted Cruz. We may love him, but they’ll be forecasting scattered showers in hell before he’s elected.

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 8:36 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

Certainly not Mitch McConnell.

Grammar Nazi on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Thank you, Senator Cruz.

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I love Ted Cruz. He’s highly intelligent, articulate and he’s fearless — that’s a leader.

dpduq on February 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Hmmm, you don’t think there is a lot of buyer’s remorse going on? Jimmy Carter gave us Reagan, let’s don’t waste The Won on some moderate.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Scratch Trey Gowdy from the list. He is pro amnesty and would not enforce immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Very true, Gowdy has one major flaw, but it’s like cancer.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Please watch this interview that Lou Dobbs did with Trey Gowdy and let me know what you think. I may be wrong but had not heard he was pro amnesty.

http://tinyurl.com/m4hmjea

rottenrobbie on February 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Hmmm, you don’t think there is a lot of buyer’s remorse going on? Jimmy Carter gave us Reagan, let’s don’t waste The Won on some moderate.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Hear, hear!

davidk on February 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

C’mon now, Sunfish has been posting clearly and on topic for a couple of months now. Of course, that may just be because of the dearth of threads about a certain Tina Fey “look-alike”.:p

S. D. on February 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Everyone who badgered their congressman to not be stupid killed amnesty, Cruz is just trying to take credit for it. By the way, most of the GOP were against this “reform”, Allahpundent referring to it as “our amnesty” is just his way of harvesting the sweet, sweet outrage.

V7_Sport on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I wish this issue was dead dead, but it’ll be like a vampire and come to life at some point in the not-so-distant future.

Bitter Clinger on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Oof.

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM

S. D. on February 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

S. D. on February 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

She’s got a new issue and a new hero. It’s been an improvement.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Ted Cruz killed our amnesty

The revenge of the wacko-birds.

It’s going to get ugly.

lynncgb on February 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Well, I think more Republicans should blame Cruz for killing amnesty. I don’t believe that anyone, running for President, could get better publicity from his party than this. If they keep it up, we could be saying President Cruz, in 2017!!!

bflat879 on February 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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Legalize all undocumented aliens and let the chips fall where they may.

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

First, how can you call them undocumented? Forty percent are visaoverstayer, and they damned well have documents. Lord knows how many of the remaining 60% have fabricated or stolen identities, and those identities are by definition “documented” in some way or another.

So shove that euphemism up your a** because it’s a lie.

Come join me at my local Kroger a block south of Boehner’s district. I ain’t seeing any non-English speaking Hispanics hiding in the shadows.

BuckeyeSam on February 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Texas voters like me are very happy that Ted Cruz is doing exactly what he said he would do. It’s a welcome change from so many of the politicians we’ve sent to Washington who decided to become part of the ‘club’ instead of serving the people.

John Cornyn has been putting out radio spots lately about how conservative he is, but a lot of Texans are unhappy with his behaviour, and we don’t forgive or forget backstabbing so easy. So I think when the GOP primary is done, he is going to have to start making plans to move out of the Senate office building.

s1im on February 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM

For the fun of it, I checked Senator Cruz’s initials… well, what do ya know? “REC,” or in Ted’s case, “wrecking ball!” He’s really living up to his initials. Way to go, Ted.

Smart Blonde on February 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.
liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hit them with a spotlight.

Then send them home.

……………………

Thanks again, Senator Cruz.

LegendHasIt on February 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Anonymous sources quoted by the far-left Frisco Chronicle?

Yeah, that’s reliable.

Sure, some idiots will believe anything if it comports with their biases.

Adjoran on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM

So you blame it on one person but you cry we only control 1/2 of 1/3 of congress. It will be a shame if we don’t elect Cruze for president. He’s able to convey the conservative message and not shy away from it. He’s our last hope to fundamentally transform our country back and set it on the RIGHT track.

phatfawzi on February 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Well, if it’s true and he did kill the GOPe Obamnesty, I like him even MORE now.

Left_is_Wrong on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

We can only hope that Cornyn will be packing his bags especially this week after he joined McCain and Murkowski to vote for that “clean” debt ceiling. He is not representing the people of Texas. This isn’t the first time he has thumbed his nose at us. He is officially a McCain groupie! His ads are pathetic, but I guess with a 7 million dollar war chest, he can lie all day.

mobydutch on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Cruz/Palin 2016!

RightWingConservative on February 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

The idea that Hispanics can’t think for themselves and make their own political decision is very offensive.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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Agreed. If you wanted to deliberately insult an entire ethnic group, you could hardly do better than that.
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Legalize all undocumented aliens and let the chips fall where they may.

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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I already know where those “chips” are gonna fall, and I don’t like it.

There is no problem with our current immigration law.

There is (and has been) a problem with immigration law EXECUTION (or lack thereof).
Immigration law enforcement is what needs reformed, and NOT the immigration law itself.

listens2glenn on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

What offends me the most in all this immigration debate is that fact that most republicans assume Hispanics will vote for Democrats.

The idea that Hispanics can’t think for themselves and make their own political decision is very offensive.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

ROFL, breaking up everybody into groups and treating them monolithically is the bread and butter of the modern democrat progtard.

holy smokes you are stupid.

Murphy9 on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

So, -not going to tell us what your first language is?

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Great point about incumbent fatigue and I completely agree, with one caveat. If the Dems nominate Cory Booker I don’t know if it matters much who we nominate. Ann Coulter has written some great pieces about the deciding factor in ’08 and ’12 being the unprecedented turnout among black women. We, obviously, know why that is. It seems white voters are the only population cohort ignorant enough to spread their vote around.

Lamont Cranston on February 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Bro, at first I was like WTF are you talking about…but the more I read from you…the more I liked what I read. I’d like to believe that every phucking blue moon, a politician comes along who actually loves his country and wants to do right by the people. If four or five more could join Cruz in the Senate and blanket the country with their message where they get some traction…you’d see so many of those establishment retards literally running over each other to say they were with the people all along. But barring any of that happening, I like your solutions.

msupertas on February 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Thanks for the invite! I hope, in five years,to be touring the west in an RV.

Vince on February 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

You both honor me. Thank you. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and set old assumptions aside. I really used to believe that the most important thing for a politician is to get re-elected until Obama came along. His administration has prodded me to re-examine several of my most closely held beliefs.

And Vince, if you’re looking to tour “the west,” I hope you get to stop in Deadwood, South Dakota one of these days. The building where Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickock still stands. :)

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The country could use some Cruz control after Obama’s lawless executive over-reaches and continuing reckless fiscal joyride.

profitsbeard on February 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Scratch Trey Gowdy from the list. He is pro amnesty and would not enforce immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. In which case, it’s very disappointing to know about Gowdy who is otherwise commendable. Being “pro-amnesty” is a big flaw, overrules all the positives.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. In which case, it’s very disappointing to know about Gowdy who is otherwise commendable. Being “pro-amnesty” is a big flaw, overrules all the positives.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. We’ll end up with another milquetoast in 2016. You can bet the farm on it.

I like Ted Cruz. I believe in what he seems to believe in. But we can’t depend on the politicians anymore. I am hellbent on driving that point home. A lot can happen between now and 2016.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Legalize all undocumented aliens and let the chips fall where they may.

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

WHKY should the US do such a horrible thing as “legalize all ‘undocumented aliens’”? WHY?

No car you see parked on a public roadway is “available” despite being “undocumented” if and as you get into it and assume it’s yours to use, no citizenship (“legality”) is nor never should be available to any illegal aliens.

If anyone from another country wants to be a US citizen, or simply to use the US for their purposes without citizenship, they can APPLY and approach their wants the legal way.

The real question is: why are illegal aliens violating our laws? And why do they assume they can enter and/or remain in the US illegally?

Sorta’ offensive, isn’t it, that they do?

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

We need to bring people from the shadows.

liberalrules on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

And that part is just laughable. Illegal aliens are not “hiding in the shadows,” they’re out rioting, demanding, attending Obama’s events even IN the WH and Capitol building, they’re voting, they’re bringing in their “faahmahhlees” by the truck/van/ship load.

“Hiding,” now that’s laughable.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Darn formatting glitch (extra ‘quote’ command happens all too often, unfortunately…):

Correcting formatting:

WHKY should the US do such a horrible thing as “legalize all ‘undocumented aliens’”? WHY?

No car you see parked on a public roadway is “available” despite being “undocumented” if and as you get into it and assume it’s yours to use, no citizenship (“legality”) is nor never should be available to any illegal aliens.

If anyone from another country wants to be a US citizen, or simply to use the US for their purposes without citizenship, they can APPLY and approach their wants the legal way.

The real question is: why are illegal aliens violating our laws? And why do they assume they can enter and/or remain in the US illegally?

Sorta’ offensive, isn’t it, that they do?

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

“Hiding,” now that’s laughable.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Lots of shadows in the Home Depot parking lots.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

“Hiding,” now that’s laughable.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Lots of shadows in the Home Depot parking lots.

bw222 on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Hiding under those 3′ x 5′ Mexican flags.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

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