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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Cruz is ON FIRE, and pissing off all of the right people.

Go-Ted-Go!

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

CRUZ!

Murphy9 on February 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Pork-Chop on February 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

++++10000

pambi on February 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

lol I so agree Pork Chop!

Evening all

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

If Ted Cruz didn’t exist, Democrats would have to invent him.

A true cynic about American politics would, at this point, be forced to one conclusion: Sen. Ted Cruz is a Democratic sleeper agent. It is tough to appreciate just how much good Ted Cruz has done the Democrats over these last several months.

Go,Ted Cruz!!!

TedCruz2016

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Ted Cruz makes democrats cry.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Ted Cruz makes Might_Is_Right pee his shorts.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Ted Cruz makes democrats cry.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Yes, he brings Democrats tears of joy!!

Run, Ted, Run!

TedCruz2016

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Cruz Control!

LeftCoastRight on February 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Ted Cruz makes democrats cry.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

…. and Weasel Boehner too… if there is a difference.

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Might_Is_Right peed his shorts.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM

if cruz runs be ready for president hillary.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ted Cruz is the right man at a very strategic time in our nation’s history. May God bless him and all he is doing.

Bite it you heathen progressives!

trs on February 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Go bake me a cake Hair!

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Hillary is so ragged out from excess and squalor by 2016 she would need a body double more than Fidel.

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

s/b Killary…. pardon the typo.

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

B.MORE! I need the picture of the gilled one! Stat!

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Go bake me a cake Hair!

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

okay. i got an easy bake oven. whats your price range and il see what we can work out.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Go bake me a cake Hair!

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

You leave brushingmyhairpie alone.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

calling all rude buffoons…

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Ratso!

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

do you guys really want hillary clinton as your next president? hillary clinton? president hillary clinton? bill? back in the white house? together? presidenting it up? together? thats what you want?

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Don’t want lice in my pie.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Ted Cruz is the most dangerous man in Washington… to GOP

For Democrats, Ted Cruz is the goose that keeps laying golden eggs over and over and over.

Cruz, a Republican Senator from Texas, and a Tea Party leader, is really single-handedly responsible for inspiring the US House’s Tea Party fringe to shut down the government and then attempt to default on the national debt.

Only to have the entire thing go down in flames.

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

do you guys really want hillary clinton as your next president? hillary clinton? president hillary clinton? bill? back in the white house? together? presidenting it up? together? thats what you want?

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Sure. Why not.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

trs on February 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Agree, even if it doesn’t mean a 2016 run.
There’s such a cr*p-load of, um, cr*p to be worked on right where he is, more power to him, right there !

pambi on February 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Heh. I’m glad she wasn’t wipingherass when she signed up! :D

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Coulter is in love with a person I won’t mention by name but who favors gun control and illegal immigration and may or may not cause traffic jams and is a republican. Her act is old and stale.

casel21 on February 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Cruz understands that the too-comfortably-entrenched GOP party members are going to have to be moved by the grassroots. He is reminding the good old boys that they represent the people, not their own sinecures.

onlineanalyst on February 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

OmahaConservative on February 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

You need to flash the rude buffoon signal.

cozmo on February 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Cruise is exactly what this country needs. He pisses off all of the progressive statists in DC which make up 100% of the Democrats and 99% of the Republicans. I love him for his enemies.

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Coulter is in love with a person I won’t mention by name but who favors gun control and illegal immigration and may or may not cause traffic jams and is a republican. Her act is old and stale.

casel21 on February 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Since when did Bill Maher switch?

/

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Ted Cruz is the most dangerous man in Washington… to GOP

For Democrats, Ted Cruz is the goose that keeps laying golden eggs over and over and over.

Cruz, a Republican Senator from Texas, and a Tea Party leader, is really single-handedly responsible for inspiring the US House’s Tea Party fringe to shut down the government and then attempt to default on the national debt.

Only to have the entire thing go down in flames.

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Well he was kinda sorta right about wanting to delay The ACA. If you can’t give him that…then you are not an honest person.

HonestLib on February 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Steady as she goes Cruz They’re setting mines along your “right of passage” as you speak.

31giddyup on February 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

“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.”

LOL!!

Democrats need to step back, load up on popcorn and watch this GOP Establishment vs. Ted Cruz Death Match.

TedCruz2016

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Cruise is exactly what this country needs. He pisses off all of the progressive statists in DC which make up 100% of the Democrats and 99% of the Republicans. I love him for his enemies.

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Not to mention he kinda looks like a young LBJ.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

i thought you wanted a cake? i don’t do pies. hey did you hear about the gay couple would wanted a gay wedding pie from the christian baker? its a scandal.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

do you guys really want hillary clinton as your next president? hillary clinton? president hillary clinton? bill? back in the white house? together? presidenting it up? together? thats what you want?
brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Isn’t that the wet dream of you and the other Obama supporters?

northdallasthirty on February 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Don’t talk about my pie.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

i thought you wanted a cake? i don’t do pies. hey did you hear about the gay couple would wanted a gay wedding pie from the christian baker? its a scandal.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

A wedding pie?

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Evening.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

You know who Cruz is pissing off? Everybody I want him too, that’s who.

Tim Zank on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Not to mention he kinda looks like a young LBJ.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Wrong.

He has uncanny resemblance to Joe McCarthy.

https://www.google.com/search?q=uncanny+resemblance+joe+mccarthy+ted+cruz&espv=210&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=kVUJU8SmKcegyAGe5oCICA&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=955

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

So? Was Karl Rove threatening Cruz’s life?

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

C R U Z !
2 0 1 6 !

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Holy shit! He does! Excellent! McCarthy was a good man. But I’d forgotten what he looked like.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Cruise Cruz

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Damn voice-to-text

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

He has uncanny resemblance to Joe McCarthy.

https://www.google.com/search?q=uncanny+resemblance+joe+mccarthy+ted+cruz&espv=210&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=kVUJU8SmKcegyAGe5oCICA&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=955

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

And this is a problem why? McCarthy was, after all, right.

oscarwilde on February 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

If only the Senate Republicans exposed, mocked, and trashed Reid, Schumer, Dubin, etc. to the same degree that they undermine Cruz, the country would be in better shape.

onlineanalyst on February 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I don’t work in stationery anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

The Conservative-Establishment death match won’t be half as fun as watching liberals tripping all over themselves to get away from president titanic. Get me an Icee and a sammich, Might_Not_Right, you slutty minx.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

obama was given more then what he asked for in everything and still would not compromise over ONE item.
yet its cruze fault for the shutdown.
5 seconds of autopen could have avoided the shutdown too but its racists to blame the sub-human mongrel.

dmacleo on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

are you bashful about your pie?

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

do you guys really want hillary clinton as your next president? hillary clinton? president hillary clinton? bill? back in the white house? together? presidenting it up? together? thats what you want?

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

As compared to whom? Christie? What difference would it make?

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

What’s interesting is that the same commenters here who attack Cruz, while claiming to be conservative, are the same people who claim we need to support mass illegal alien amnesty. Very telling.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

The sky is falling!

The sky is falling!

Not_so_Bright on February 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

If Ted Cruz Ronald Reagan didn’t exist, Democrats would have to invent him.

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

FIFY

rik on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I don’t work in stationery anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Hopefully you work in guns!

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I don’t work in stationery anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Are, you by any chance, a sporting goods hottie now?

oscarwilde on February 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Pie shouldn’t have that much hair. I’m afraid of finding rodents in there.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

A wedding pie?

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

yah the christian baker was all agro and like, “i can’t bake a wedding pie because i do not believe in wedding pie i support traditional wedding cakes only!”

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

In response to all the quoted whiners I will send Ted Cruz some additional California dollars.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Ted Cruz is shining a light and the cockroaches don’t like it. His enemies just want to be left alone to line their own pockets. Cruz is the first politician in decades with the courage to tell the truth and take the fire from the scumbags that are running this nation into the ground. Mike lee deserves an honorable mention as well. He is the courageous wingman.

Keep an eye on these two. They both have bright futures in the conservative movement.

Exninja on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

In response to all the quoted whiners I will send Ted Cruz some additional California dollars.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

ROTFLMAO…. that’s going to confuse and piss off quite a few Libtards…

oscarwilde on February 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Wedding pie belongs in no church, you saucy tart.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Exninja on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Agree wholeheartedly

onlineanalyst on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

yah the christian baker was all agro and like, “i can’t bake a wedding pie because i do not believe in wedding pie i support traditional wedding cakes only!”

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I begin to like you, bmh.

And I saw fear in the Klingon’s eye.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Pie shouldn’t have that much hair. I’m afraid of finding rodents in there.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

sounds like your pie is a mess. you should get it checked out. no wonder it makes you feel so shy.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Ted Cruz is shining a light and the cockroaches don’t like it. His enemies just want to be left alone to line their own pockets. Cruz is the first politician in decades with the courage to tell the truth and take the fire from the scumbags that are running this nation into the ground. Mike lee deserves an honorable mention as well. He is the courageous wingman.

Keep an eye on these two. They both have bright futures in the conservative movement.

Exninja on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Yup, both men deserve respect for their efforts.

oscarwilde on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

yah the christian baker was all agro and like, “i can’t bake a wedding pie because i do not believe in wedding pie i support traditional wedding cakes only!”

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I begin to like you, bmh.

And I saw fear in the Kling*on’s eye.

Did you all know that ^ word is banned???

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Zeon pigs!

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I don’t work in stationery anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

…you don’t work where you have to wear a bunny suit…do you?

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I was talking about your pie. You shouldn’t give that to anyone, you cheeky slut.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Smells like Teen Spirit in here!

I once lived in a house in Vermont that was powered by Static Electricity.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

What’s interesting is that the same commenters here who attack Cruz, while claiming to be conservative, are the same people who claim we need to support mass illegal alien amnesty. Very telling.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Don’t be bashful name these people.

RickB on February 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

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?…

With one major difference numbnuts . Obama was obviously lying through his teeth while Cruz is telling the truth. Your analogy kind of breaks down at that point wouldn’t you say?

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

It’s times like this that I really miss George W. Bush.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

What’s Hillary running on?

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Lots of lard Del Dole. She’s a self contained cellulite farm.

HillC Liver Spot on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

If Cruz runs, the story of the presidential campaign season could be the reverse of what we saw last time; that is, Cruz would maintain a solid base of support, while various pro-amnesty Establishment candidates (Jeb, Walker, Christie) would rise and fall in attempts to challenge him, one by one. The story could be Cruz VS. the not-Cruz candidates.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

What’s Hillary running on?

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Bill’s mistresses reputation

RickB on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

What’s Hillary running on?

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

She’s running on Maker’s Mark.

In a while, I’ll be running on Smirnoff Blue.

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Coulter railed against tea partiers who fail to understand that the “only way to repeal Obamacare is to elect Republicans.”

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

What’s interesting is that the same commenters here who attack Cruz, while claiming to be conservative, are the same people who claim we need to support mass illegal alien amnesty. Very telling.

blueballs on February 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

…tell me who blueballs !…I’ll squeeze them!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Might doesn’t make right

Hipshot on February 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

static electricity house? i am shocked.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Very nice! :)

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I once lived in a house in Vermont that was powered by Static Electricity.

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

static electricity house? i am shocked.

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Don’t be bashful name these people.
RickB on February 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I don’t want to starts unnecessary squabbles, and I’m not sure all of them are even reading this thread, but it’s pretty much most of the ardent early Romney supporters from 2011 and 2012. As a “Mittbot” myself, it disappointments me to see this.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

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.

Exactly

Kataklysmic on February 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

RickB on February 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

The hagfish is like lourdes. She talks out her evacuation hole.

cozmo on February 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

What’s Hillary running on?

Del Dolemonte on February 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

♫She lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same
Livin on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine,
All a friend can say is aint it a shame?♫

———– Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead

viking01 on February 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

man. now I’m picturing like a thousand virgins brushing their virginal angel hair creating all that static electric power. its a beautiful image. they are wearing very modest nightgowns that come all the up to the neck and have long sleeves and go all the way down to the floor. all sparkles and sparks and balloons clinging all over the walls. and the crackling sound! zap. zap. zap. zip. kind of like creating a soft strobe effect. i wish i could draw it. thanks del!

brushingmyhair on February 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The hagfish is like lourdes. She talks out her evacuation hole.

cozmo on February 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I despise hagfish!

Lanceman on February 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Cruz/West 2016!!!!!

Cruz (at this point) is clearly the choice of real conservatives. And that pisses off the surrender weasels. Their guy got caught in petty partisanship over a bridge. All Ted Cruz got caught doing is fighting Obamacare when Boehner and McConnell were unwilling to do anything about it.

As I posted earlier, the local ads for CPAC mention Cruz, Paul, and other conservatives. Not a mention that the fat bastard is going to be there. That, in itself, is telling.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

ALT…I hope it is a dept you like.

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The hagfish is like lourdes. She talks out her evacuation hole.
cozmo on February 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

What is your problem? You have some real issues with refraining from rude behavior when it is not called for. As for Lourdes, I have read many, many comments of hers that were excellent, and I really can’t say the same for you.

bluegill on February 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

God Bless Texas

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

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