Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on February 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) just held its winter meeting here, and the wealthy beachfront communities that dot the coast are typically considered one of the beating hearts of the Establishment GOP’s donor community.

Tonight, though, it’s Cruz country.

An event originally scheduled as a small rally for potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) mushroomed into a major political event after nearly 2,000 people RSVP’d online…

“If you have a single candidate rally and you get 500 people in the room, it’s a great day,” Gruters said. “To have almost 2,000 in the room for a single candidate—it’s amazing.”

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“Do not trust anyone who says they are trying to defeat ‘establishment Republicans,’” she added.

Without mentioning Cruz by name, Coulter railed against tea partiers who fail to understand that the “only way to repeal Obamacare is to elect Republicans.”

“It is not to be fighting against Republicans,” she said.

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Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or a President of the United States being a uniter instead of a divider?…

Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving

The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.

Like many political ideas, this one is not new. It represents a political strategy that was tried long ago — and failed long ago.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) may be the brightest light to adorn the Republican party in many years. He knows how to make the case for conservative ideas, pointing, for example, to the contrasting fates of Detroit and Houston to illustrate the superiority of conservative policies. So it’s particularly galling to see that rather than train his fire at Obama and the liberal machine that cocoons him, Cruz has become a one-man wrecking ball against Republicans

Cruz stoked the shutdown fever, while his aide called other Republicans the “surrender caucus.” Cruz’s allies threatened to primary senators who objected. In the end, the shutdown cratered the Republican party’s popularity and forced them to accept the same deal they could have had in September. That the deal wasn’t worse is a tribute to the much-scorned Boehner and McConnell. If senators are going to face primaries for their votes, Cruz should be among them, because after fulminating for three weeks, he too voted to fund the government.

Senator Cruz has many gifts. He’s a skilled rhetorical marksman (if no tactician), but by firing at his own side, he may be doing more damage to the Republican party than any Democrat has done.

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ABC News’ Jonathan Karl told a panel on Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is so hated by fellow Republicans these days that he will “need a food taster” at weekly Senate lunches.

Karl’s comments came during a discussion surrounding debt ceiling increases and Cruz’ actions against them: “I’ll tell you, Ted Cruz is so hated among his Republicans,” Karl said. “Now more so than even during the shutdown, at that…lunch they have every Tuesday, he’s going to need a food taster.”

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There’s a new dividing line in the conservative movement—between a majority who’d like to win against President Obama, and a handful who’d like to win some scalps

Members of Congress routinely cook up situations that force opposing parties to take “tough votes.” This may be the first time a senator did so solely to damage his own party. It may also be the first time a senator has used the privileges afforded him under Senate rules to benefit a small and coordinated band of conservative campaign groups. Their No. 1 target is Mr. McConnell, who Mr. Cruz hasn’t forgiven for failing to embrace his damaging shutdown…

Mr. McConnell holds the same positions as Mr. Cruz on spending, ObamaCare, gun control, etc. His sin? He has refused to ask Republicans to run into the Obama fixed bayonets, a la the Cruz shutdown. Groups like SCF and Heritage Action want to replace the leadership with more of their own kamikaze caucus. They also understand there are far more fundraising dollars and media attention in attacking fellow conservatives.

Republicans have fumbled their last two Senate takeover chances, mostly thanks to infighting. But this latest movement—to take down incumbents over tactics—is a new low. If the GOP remains a minority, this will be why.

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The senator tells me he hasn’t talked with anyone in Senate Republican leadership since the debt-ceiling vote

I ask if — assuming McConnell wins reelection — the Texan will vote for him as the Republican leader for the next Congress.

Cruz pauses.

“I’m going to leave that election and every other incumbent Republican election to the voters of their respective states,” he says.

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It was also just three months ago that Senator McConnell was telling us how critical the 60-vote standard was to making the Senate the world’s greatest deliberative body. Yet, when it came time for the debt-ceiling fight, he was ready to waive it faster than an Obamacare mandate. Fortunately for transparency — meaning, unfortunately for the GOP — it was not his to waive. The rules give every senator the power to call for the supermajority vote. That is all Cruz did: no threats to shut down the government, just a call for his tough-talking Republican colleagues to put up or shut up…

Engaged conservatives are on to the ruse. Notwithstanding the Republican establishment’s campaign to marginalize them as what the Journal obligingly labels a “rump kamikaze caucus,” their ranks are swelling. Without them, the Republicans would not have recaptured the House in 2010. Increasingly, they mount primary challenges against Beltway relics. They don’t win all the time, but they win quite a few — like long-shot Ted Cruz’s stunning primary rout over the party’s preferred candidate. And there is a more serious danger for GOP leadership: The conservative base increasingly wears the establishment’s disdain as a badge of honor.

Beltway Republicans do not seem to grasp how ominous this is. They so crave pats on the head from the “let’s make government work” commentariat that they’ve lost any feel for people who are wired differently, who see government as the problem, and who want it substantially downsized. In the end, the “let’s make government work” crowd is with the Democrats; the “kamikazes” are the ones the GOP must have. Condescension toward the customer is never a particularly good business strategy.

It is fitting that the 60-vote standard Republican leaders told us they needed just a few weeks ago was thrust on them in the matter of debt. They are living on borrowed time.

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[T]his is really about what it has always been about: what kind of purity we’re going to unify behind. And make no mistake, the establishment’s own brand of “purity” is precisely what these attacks on Cruz are about.

The most charitable interpretation of Sowell’s position is this: he seems to be on board with those who believe that if we could bite our tongues and just join forces long enough to provide a unified front, that we could win some elections and start pushing some reforms. That, while in the short term some of the alliances and concessions would be painful, they’re worth it for the overall common purpose. And he’s right that that’s what has to happen.

Unfortunately, as is always the case with the so-called Establishment (though less often with Sowell who I’ve rarely seen take such a strong position in their favor), they believe they have the monopoly on what that common purpose is. As far as “they” are concerned, the common purpose has already been vetted, printed, and handed out. Get on board or you’re inadvertently helping the Nazis.

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He’s clearly smart, and he thinks a lot about strategy. He has no known demons that would drive him to self-sabotage. Yet since being sworn in last year, he has fallen on his sword several times for highly dubious reasons.

So, why do it?…

Cruz is perfectly capable of being polite, in other words. The fact that he sometimes chooses not to be made me suspect that his tendency to flout his senior colleagues in the Senate isn’t simply Tea Party umbrage about politics as usual. Of course, political calculations may well have something to do with it; Congress does have a 13 percent approval rating. But it’s hard to see a strategy behind something like last week’s dustup. Instead, it seems to point to a real idiosyncrasy that this otherwise disciplined operator can’t or won’t bother to conceal: a suspicion of authority, a distaste for being scolded about etiquette or a sincere disdain for politicians who strike him as craven or chicken…

Cruz will, no doubt, win some fights in his political career. He will also lose some, as he did often last year. He is, after all, a junior member of the Senate’s minority party. And maybe he has won something big already: If senior Republicans won’t stand up to him when they disagree with him, doesn’t that say as much about them as it does about him?

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Without mentioning Cruz by name, Coulter railed against tea partiers who fail to understand that the “only way to repeal Obamacare is to elect Republicans.”

“It is not to be fighting against Republicans,” she said.

Acid-Ann is at it again, fighting the republican conservative base on behalf of her well-off co-ruling friends in DC.
Why, Ann, if unity is the key to success, do you insist on attacking publically the conservative base and people like Palin and Cruz while hugging Obama’s buddy, Christie?
Why, for that matter do the establishment GOP openly declare warfare against their conservative base by sending hit-man Rove up to raise money to defeat them?

Ann, you are indeed brilliant–but unfortunately you lack the GPS principles and character that tempers and guides brilliance and prevents it from becoming an enemy of both yourself and society.

Don L on February 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Gracias por Rafael Cruz, Sarah!

renalin on February 23, 2014 at 6:30 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/21/why-rand-pauls-denouncement-of-ted-nugent-matters/

Why Cruz will be the flavor of the day and won’t get that far in the primaries. If anything he will serve as a useful foil for Paul in efforts to convince Americans he is a good choice to be president for all Americans and reveal Cruz as the shallow opportunist he really is.

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/21/why-rand-pauls-denouncement-of-ted-nugent-matters/

Why Cruz will be the flavor of the day and won’t get that far in the primaries. If anything he will serve as a useful foil for Paul in efforts to convince Americans he is a good choice to be president for all Americans and reveal Cruz as the shallow opportunist he really is.
Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Rand Paul legitimizing and not pushing back against faux leftist outrage is why you (falsely) believe Cruz wouldn’t get far in the primaries, if he runs?

Bradky, you have a history of calling conservatives racist and approvingly referring to SPLC’s practice of branding some conservative groups as “hate groups,” and it seems like you’re more interested in attacking conservatives than liberals. Why have you taken to supporting Paul? Will you be upset if both Paul and Cruz run and Paul endorses Cruz after Paul fails to gain traction?

bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Yup McConnell will screw up and lift the nuclear option that Reid started
I hate squishy gop

cmsinaz on February 23, 2014 at 7:43 AM

I’m disappointed with Coulter……

cmsinaz on February 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Funny. Lots of complaints when candidates don’t have that,”Fire in the belly”, to/for running for POTUS. Just as many complain when they do. If Cruz were to run, he has my support. If Cruz were to be Reid’s replacement at Senate, I can’t say I would be disappointed with that either. Cruz is a very sharp fellow. Flak proves him to be over target. The progressive R’s fear him. In truth though the D’s are quick to discount him, they fear him most.

Bmore on February 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Why Cruz will be the flavor of the day and won’t get that far in the primaries. If anything he will serve as a useful foil for Paul in efforts to convince Americans he is a good choice to be president for all Americans and reveal Cruz as the shallow opportunist he really is.

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Speaking of shallow opportunist…you’re one of Romney’s fluffers aren’t you? You’re advice is duly filed.

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM

After all, who wouldn’t like this wonderful government we have, with this $117 trillion debt and all. /sarc

Brock Robamney on February 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Speaking of shallow opportunist…you’re one of Romney’s fluffers aren’t you? You’re advice is duly filed.
HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2014 at 8:36 AM

The following Bradky comments should give you a taste of what he’s like:

On 2007 illegal alien amnesty bill:

When the base of BOTH parties hate a bill as much as this one I can’t help but think that the legislation is pretty good. Who woulda thunk the left and right would unite (in a manner of speaking) over illegal immigration?!
Bradky on May 23

Praising repeated Obama voter Powell and suggesting his conservative critics are racist:

Kind of sad to see so many willing to toss a good man over the side and question his patriotism because he has a different opinion about immigration. Comments about his abilities as an officer or how he made it to the top of the military hierarchy due to his color are out of order in my opinion, but do illustrate why so many black voters are less than enthusiastic about switching parties.
-Bradky

As someone who supported Romney, I’m especially disappointed to see so many other “Mittbots” turn out to be pro-illegal alien amnesty proponents.

bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Actually, it is OmahaConservative’s term. What’s the history there Omaha, if you’re still with us?

Doc Holliday on February 23, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Hagfish called us rude buffoons for going off topic and playing tunes in the QOTD thread…

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Hagfish called us rude buffoons for going off topic and playing tunes in the QOTD thread…
OmahaConservative on February 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

It’s always nice when the majority of the comments in a thread are at least somewhat related to something discussed somewhere in the main blog.

bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Totally psychotic.

Murphy9 on February 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

It’s always nice when the majority of the comments in a thread are at least somewhat related to something discussed somewhere in the main blog.

bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

That has never been the case. Even before you started posting here QOTD has always been a free for all open thread…

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Blessed Sabbath, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

- Ronald Reagan

My take: The War Against Christianity: When “Trolls” Attack

kingsjester on February 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Our struggle is one of entrenched incumbents and bureaucrats against the citizens of the United States.

Exactly its a war against rinos and libs. Conservatives are the warriors.

rodguy911 on February 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

bluegill:
Sorry but where I come from “Bluegills” don’t survive very long in salt water and at best are a poor “bait”. Hardly a “game”fish!

rodguy911 on February 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Ted Cruz is a leader and will attract like-minded candidates to support and follow him. This is the goal of the TEA Party. People like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham are insiders and loyal to the Republican Party. I changed my affiliation to Independent and will only vote for a constitutional conservative. No more Romneys, McCains and definitely never Christie.

lea on February 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The Republican party is currently worthless. It needs to be destroyed and another party formed, or it needs to be reconstituted. Half of the current Republican memebrs of Congress should be blue dog Democrats in any case.

It’s not fair to the country of the voters to have two parties essentially pulling the country in the same direction – abeit one slower than the other…..but the same direction none the less.

Just give us options with clear philosophical differences or just surrender one progressive / Eurosocialist party and be done with it.

rickyricardo on February 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Brock Robamney on February 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM

You could really use a brushing up on HA history. Might want to take the time to read some older threads if you are so inclined. Would be a much needed learning experience for you.

Bmore on February 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

My take: The War Against Christianity: When “Trolls” Attack

kingsjester on February 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

…nice take kj!

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

One of the constant themes in the criticisms I have been reading about Senator Cruz, is his use of tactics without a “strategy” to win. Let’s see. In the space of about a week, Sen. Cruz killed the amnesty “principles” that Boehner leaked to the press and then proceeded to try to bushwhack his own caucus with. His caucus whacked him instead. Then when Minch McGoggle, recently nuked and emasculated by Harry Reid, rolled over on the advertised battle on the debt limit, Sen. Cruz forced him to vote for it out in the open. And he didn’t break a sweat.That is strategy. Smart, crushing strategy. Senator Cruz strategy is also a conservative senate majority. He also understands the vestiges of power must be wrested from the hands of our limp leadership. He is doing this in a timely manner also. Who is looking like a leader here? Cruz exposes their ineptitude, it burns like hot coals on their heads.

Cliff by the Ford on February 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Pitting (R) v (D) no longer serves U.S. as a nation. If there was a way to eliminate (R), (D), Red, or Blue many more of U.S. would turn out to vote.

However, as long as there remains the politically generated party system so all politics become an U.S. vs. them affair.

The resulting division alienates over 50% of the voting population that choose not to affiliate or vote. Let’s take the labels away and judge the candidates on their character and ability to bring U.S. back under one roof as a Nation.

MSGTAS on February 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“I have, however, noticed in the last few years, a propensity among those who have not been raised in a Christian home, to be intolerant toward those who have”
kingsjester on February 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

another fine “my take”…
I would however add the word “some” to this sentence ..
a propensity among “some” of those… …
or
a propensity of “a few” who have not … …
not all Americans were raised in a Christian home
not all of those not raised in a Christian home are anti religion..

maybe I can put it this way..
when you move to a new subdivision..
they have a HOA….
the HOA (a small collection of busybodies) outlawed white birch trees..
you go to the store to purchase and plant white birch trees..
you get the nasty gram from the HOA.. “remove the trees”
that doesn’t mean all sub division dwellers are anti white birch tree..
that also doesn’t make all HOA board members anti white birch tree..
the whole town is not anti white birch tree..
what it does mean is a small collection of loons
with not much of a life…don’t care for white birch trees..
not all “I wasn’t raised in a Christian home” Americans
are anti religion loons..
no doubt they are there…some
no doubt they are pushing the ball uphill..
no doubt you are correct to fight them…
but their numbers are few…and they are on the loosing side
so direct your anger at those few…sad, pathetic, lonely, busybody, anger filled loons with no life…
I know …its a picky point…
but your enemy is in the low single digit percentages…

going2mars on February 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

if nothing you at least know I read and enjoy your “my take”…daily…cheers

going2mars on February 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

if nothing ELSE…. …

going2mars on February 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I agree with Ted Cruz’s position, but as Thomas Sowell has pointed out, the means of implementation lacks sound strategy. We need conservatives in office. The media and the Senate are against us. We need the Senate to get anything done. Which means that’s what we need to focus on.

RockinRickOwen on February 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Conservatives need to quit giving Coulter the time of day. She makes a fortune off of Conservatives and then pee in our faces. Much like the RINO’s she embraces. Same goes for Rush and Hannity as well as other so called conservatives. They are merely using us to become successful millionaires. They are shills for the RINO party.
The sooner we ditch them, and let them fail at sucking up to us, just to line their pockets, the better off we will be.

they lie on February 23, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Bradky, you have a history of calling conservatives racist and approvingly referring to SPLC’s practice of branding some conservative groups as “hate groups,” and it seems like you’re more interested in attacking conservatives than liberals. Why have you taken to supporting Paul? Will you be upset if both Paul and Cruz run and Paul endorses Cruz after Paul fails to gain traction?
bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM

You would need to prove your first claim as I know that is not true. As to the SPLC reference are you saying the minuteman associate shawna ford was representative of conservatives? She certainly was convicted of murder. SPLC labels a lot of groups as racist including Black Separatist groups. How about the member associated with the Gathering of Eagles who beat down a protester who had lost his son in Iraq. Bet you noticed the Boss Emeritus quit talking up that group in short order didn’t you?

Party unity is a great thing but a good portion of the HA commenters don’t support unity unless it is “their pick”. Works both ways.

On a side note I do recall being about the only commenter coming to your defense when you were in some sort of meltdown at one point – exacerbated by concerns about one of your kids in harms way. I suppose you were liberal and I felt the need to do so…. /sarc

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

bluegill on February 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Funny how you use quotes that say comments are out of order as some sort of “see he called us racist” claim.
If you are archiving my comments from 7 years ago I underestimated the influence I exert over you….

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Bmore on February 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

thanks Bmore… I think ;)

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Don L on February 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Excellent on all points! Coulter has morphed into a Beltway maven in the last several years! Very sad.

tomshup on February 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Cliff by the Ford on February 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Really good stuff! Don’t have time to read all, but I’ve seen some comments really nail it today! This was another one. McConnell is a sop to the establishment, as is AP and basically, Hot Air since Michelle made her creep!

tomshup on February 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Bradky on February 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

You are quite welcomed I’m sure BradKy. ; )

Bmore on February 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Urine soaked mattresses.

Murphy9 on February 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

also he is from canada so he can never be president.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Being born in a barn doesn’t make one a horse.

The U.S. Constitution only mentions or envisions THREE types of U.S. citizens and only three ways of becoming a U.S. citizen. The first was a U.S. citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution – there are none left alive at this point.

Currently there are only TWO ways of becoming a U.S. citizen and only TWO types of U.S. citizen.

Either one is born a U.S. citizen – a “natural born citizen” born in natural allegiance to the USA; or one must be “naturalized” into U.S. citizenship.

Cruz was born a U.S. citizen – with natural allegiance to the USA – he is a naural born citizen not a naturalized citizen.

Mordaukar on February 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

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