CPAC: Cruz meets the bloggers; Update: CPAC speech added

posted at 8:41 am on March 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Early yesterday afternoon, Ted Cruz followed up his well-received opening speech at CPAC 2014 to meet with several dozen bloggers for a question-and-answer session. Senator Cruz started off by hailing the power of the blogosphere, and then stepped through a number of issues brought up by bloggers in this impromptu session, including school choice, which Cruz seized as a critical issue. “School choice, in my view,” Cruz responded when asked, “is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”

Easily the most interesting part of the Q&A, though, was his defense of challenging the establishment in a midterm election cycle:

cruz-bloggers from Ed Morrissey on Vimeo.

That part of the interaction starts at 14:30 in the audio above. “There is no doubt we have to win [in the midterms],” Cruz said, “but for Washington, the conventional wisdom is that the way you win is that you stand for nothing. … Every time we follow that strategy, we lose.” Cruz took aim at the consultant class that ended up on the losing end in 2012. “The Republican Party likes to listen to consultants who ran losing presidential campaigns,” Cruz said, “advise the party how to do exactly what they did before, and lose the next one.” No one wants a Republican majority and a Republican President more than Cruz, he assured the bloggers, but in order to get there, the party has to start standing for something rather than acting like wallflowers. “If we don’t turn this country around now,” Cruz warned, “we are approaching the point of no turning back.”

Be sure to listen to it all. I found out about this by accident, although I believe Senator Cruz’ team tried finding the Salem/Townhall contingent earlier. In a sequence that happens more often than you’d think at CPACs, I just happened to be in the right place for the gathering, because I was trying to track down a lost Samsung tablet and couldn’t get past the security checkpoint at first. (I did get it back later, thanks to a good friend’s persistence.) I didn’t have much notice and any time to get back to my equipment, so all I could do was take pictures and record the audio, which I’ve provided in its entirety — except for one final question, because I had to head out to co-host NRA News just a few minutes later.

Cruz clearly knows how to connect to the grassroots, and more than that, knows how to fire them up. Even if one occasionally disagrees on strategy and tactics, there is no doubt that the future of the GOP lies with Cruz and others similarly talented in this generation of Republican lawmakers.

Update: I thought we had posted Cruz’ speech to open CPAC, but a commenter noted its absence here at Hot Air. Let’s fix that now:

His speech came in the morning, when attendance is usually light, but you can hear the enthusiasm of those who attended. It’s a great speech, well worth watching more than once.


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Senator Cruz resonates with the fed up American public. The establishment, right, left, media(new and old), consultants, etc don’t like him because they can’t control him. He will get my vote as long as he continues to buck the system. It needs a good house cleaning!

Rio2010 on March 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The problem is that a few in the GOP are willing to do exactly the same things the Donks are doing to take America in that direction.

Amnesty. If the GOP pushes that through, ignores respect for federal laws, I will never vote for anyone but proven Conservatives and just leave a lot of the ballot not selected.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Cruz is the man.

Conservatism wins elections.

A Republican who is one part William F. Buckley Jr., one part Oliver North and one part Rachel Maddow is no true conservative. He is – well, I’m not exactly sure what he is, but it ain’t pretty.

– J. Matt Barber

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Vid didn’t want to play for me. Though is it any different than what Cruz has been saying for years?

He will get my vote as long as he continues to buck the system.

Rio2010 on March 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

How ’bout when he becomes the system?

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I gave up on the national party long ago.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The establishment, right, left, media(new and old), consultants, etc don’t like him because they can’t control him. He will get my vote as long as he continues to buck the system. It needs a good house cleaning!

Rio2010 on March 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

He went to Establishment universities, made a career in government, and his wife works for Goldman Sachs.

They control him.

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Since H/A won’t post Ted Cruz’s awesome CPAC speech, I will …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4S-X8l3QDQ

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Cruz took aim at the consultant class that ended up on the losing end in 2012. “The Republican Party likes to listen to consultants who ran losing presidential campaigns,” Cruz said, “advise the party how to do exactly what they did before, and lose the next one.” No one wants a Republican majority and a Republican President more than Cruz, he assured the bloggers, but in order to get there, the party has to start standing for something rather than acting like wallflowers. “If we don’t turn this country around now,” Cruz warned, “we are approaching the point of no turning back.”

I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”–when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Excerpt From Ronald Reagan’s 1975 Speech To CPAC

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Right on, right on.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

They control him.

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

At what point does cynicism become hyperbolic conspiracy theory-like ignorance? I think you have passed that point.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

“There is no doubt we have to win [in the midterms],” Cruz said, “but for Washington, the conventional wisdom is that the way you win is that you stand for nothing. … Every time we follow that strategy, we lose.”

Which is exactly opposite from what Chris Christie said yesterday when he essentially told conservatives to STFU and support the establishment if they ever want the GOP to be in the majority again.

Cruz is right and Christie is a fat idiot. Not that this is news for any HA regulars. The question is how exactly do conservatives frame their message? Calling school choice a civil rights issue is a good start but it has to be followed up with details (most of which will probably piss off the NEA/AFT mafia).

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

He went to Establishment universities, made a career in government, and his wife works for Goldman Sachs.

They control him.

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Uh, sure. Absolutely. That’s why he’s the most hated guy by the Establishment in DC.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Uh, sure. Absolutely. That’s why he’s the most hated guy by the Establishment in DC.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Yeah, that is exactly what the establishment wants you to think. Their MKUltra mind control has been perfected. Now turn on the rerun of the grammy’s and participate in the Illuminati’s satanic ritual performed by Katy Perry.

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Since H/A won’t post Ted Cruz’s awesome CPAC speech, I will …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4S-X8l3QDQ

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I thought we had — my apologies. I’ll add it to this post momentarily.

Ed Morrissey on March 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

OT- Just heard that after going to Miami for a photo-op the rat-eared wonder and his vile wife are going off for a weekend in the Florida Keys. Good thing there isn’t any world crises going on in Ukraine or anything.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Since H/A won’t post Ted Cruz’s awesome CPAC speech, I will …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4S-X8l3QDQ

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I know. WUWT? I guess his call to abolish the IRS would have gotten the pesky conservatives too riled up.

Cruz said, “but for Washington, the conventional wisdom is that the way you win is that you stand for nothing. … Every time we follow that strategy, we lose.”

Yep. Not only that, but it’s never the right time to get medieval. Republicans will always say later or next time or another hill. It’s a big scam.

Dongemaharu on March 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

As I have have said before…….. The conservative base will not turn out or vote for a Bush or Christie. You may not agree with it but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the case.

The GOP will not be able to obtain enough cross over voters to make up for the loss of their conservative base.

The only logical course of action regardless of who you prefer is to nominate a conservative like Cruz or Paul.

Those are the facts.

Meat Fighter on March 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

This was great Ed, thank you for posting it.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I would like to point out that I have found proof in Ed’s very own words what many are asserting. That he isn’t really all that Conservative.

Cruz clearly knows how to connect to the grassroots, and more than that, knows how to fire them up. Even if one occasionally disagrees on strategy and tactics, there is no doubt that the future of the GOP lies with Cruz and others similarly talented in this generation of Republican lawmakers.

You take that, Mr. Morrissey. We are so on to you.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

the future of the GOP lies with Cruz

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I thought we had — my apologies. I’ll add it to this post momentarily.

Ed Morrissey on March 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Thanks, Ed.

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

As I have have said before…….. The conservative base will not turn out or vote for a Bush or Christie. You may not agree with it but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the case.

The GOP will not be able to obtain enough cross over voters to make up for the loss of their conservative base.

The only logical course of action regardless of who you prefer is to nominate a conservative like Cruz or Paul.

Those are the facts.

Meat Fighter on March 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Yeah, we always hear from the KingGold-types that nominating “trucons” is the sure path to electoral defeat. How will we know unless we try it? The “moderate” path sure hasn’t gotten the job done.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 9:13 AM

OT- Just heard that after going to Miami for a photo-op the rat-eared wonder and his vile wife are going off for a weekend in the Florida Keys. Good thing there isn’t any world crises going on in Ukraine or anything.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

The Biden’s are spending the weekend vacationing in the Virgin Islands. I guess that leaves ValJar to answer the 3 am phone call.

Oh, wait, she does that anyway.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

You take that, Mr. Morrissey. We are so on to you.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

…quiet you!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Took awhile before hot air realized a true conservative Ted Cruz spoke yesterday, between you & fox news I don’t know who is more establishment.

by the way, when is the blackout on palin lifted!

Danielvito on March 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

caught you on the NRA speech Ed, was a good talk you guys had.

dmacleo on March 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I thought we had — my apologies. I’ll add it to this post momentarily.

Ed Morrissey on March 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Could always make a separate post.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I was going to listen to Fox News on Sirius on the way to work this morning, but they started lavishing praise on Christie for his seech and I tuned in to 60s on 6, intead.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

by the way, when is the blackout on palin lifted!

Danielvito on March 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

She hasn’t spoken yet.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 9:22 AM

It is refreshing watching someone deliver an address without relying on the prompter. I guess it is easier when you aren’t just trying to keep your lies straight.

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Excerpt From Ronald Reagan’s 1975 Speech To CPAC

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM

So endeth today’s reading from the Book of Reagan. ;0

Personally, I like this bit from Reagan’s 1977 CPAC speech-

I have always been puzzled by the inability of some political and media types to understand exactly what is meant by adherence to political principle. All too often in the press and the television evening news it is treated as a call for “ideological purity.” Whatever ideology may mean—and it seems to mean a variety of things, depending upon who is using it—it always conjures up in my mind a picture of a rigid, irrational clinging to abstract theory in the face of reality. We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.

I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.

For a couple years now the surrender weasels of the GOP have called Ted Cruz, Tea Party members, and anybody else not willing to be “pragmatic” out-of-step ideologues looking for impractical purity. Ted Cruz was torpedoed by the surrender weasels when they gave Obama a clean bill to end the government “shutdown.” We wre lectured that smart people know when to surrender in order to live and fight another day. I would suggest that what we need are leaders, speaking from conservative principle, that stand up and say NO! when surrender weasels are willing to sit down and shut up.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

It is refreshing watching someone deliver an address without relying on the prompter. I guess it is easier when you aren’t just trying to keep your lies straight.

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Reading and listening at the same time right now. You’re absolutely right.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

They control him.

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Funny, the GOPe can’t even do a good job at that.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Biden’s are spending the weekend vacationing in the Virgin Islands. I guess that leaves ValJar to answer the 3 am phone call.

Oh, wait, she does that anyway.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

What is it with these people? Bad jobs numbers coming out today, Russia waging war against a nation we promised to defend, far too many Americans not even knowing how they are going to make ends meet…… And the Bidens and Obamas go off on taxpayer-paid vacations.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

I would suggest that what we need are leaders, speaking from conservative principle, that stand up and say NO! when surrender weasels are willing to sit down and shut up.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Hear! Hear!

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

When is Rand’s speech?

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Partial CPAC schedule …

Friday:

9:00 a.m. Texas Gov. Rick Perry
9:16 a.m. Texas Sen. John Cornyn
10:23 a.m. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
11:15 a.m. Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition
2:26 p.m. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
2:40 p.m. Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union
2:51 p.m. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

SATURDAY:

12:45 p.m. Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
1:12 p.m. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation
5:23 p.m. Straw poll
5:45 pm. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

For a couple years now the surrender weasels of the GOP have called Ted Cruz, Tea Party members, and anybody else not willing to be “pragmatic” out-of-step ideologues looking for impractical purity. Ted Cruz was torpedoed by the surrender weasels when they gave Obama a clean bill to end the government “shutdown.” We wre lectured that smart people know when to surrender in order to live and fight another day. I would suggest that what we need are leaders, speaking from conservative principle, that stand up and say NO! when surrender weasels are willing to sit down and shut up.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Damn right!!

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

And the Bidens and Obamas go off on taxpayer-paid vacations.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

They all bought their own flip-flops, homophobe.

Try reading a geography book sometime and come back when you have more to offer.

Bishop on March 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

He went to Establishment universities, made a career in government, and his wife works for Goldman Sachs.

They control him.

Punchenko on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

His actions, and their reactions, disprove your hypothesis.

dominigan on March 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Pork-Chop on March 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Thank you! Perry/Paul are the highlights today. DeMint/Palin tomorrow.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hmmm, Big term limits pledge.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Exception speech.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

His speech came in the morning, when attendance is usually light, but you can hear the enthusiasm of those who attended. It’s a great speech, well worth watching more than once.

It truly is a tour de force.

Gonna be mighty proud when Rand Paul makes him Solicitor General, with an eye towards him filling the first vacancy on the SCOTUS…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Awesome.. He needs to run. He is one of the best futures we have for this party.

melle1228 on March 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

So refreshing. He could answer questions in detail all afternoon and not skip a beat.

Naturally Curly on March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I was going to listen to Fox News on Sirius on the way to work this morning, but they started lavishing praise on Christie for his seech and I tuned in to 60s on 6, intead.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The Washington establishment, facilitated by their adoring media are already promoting a Christie/Clinton race. We, (real conservatives), must fight this in every possible way, or just as Cruz said, it will be just another McCain/Romney choice, losing all over again. Rinse and repeat.

Rovin on March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

by the way, when is the blackout on palin lifted!

Danielvito on March 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

she’ll just stir up the rwnjs

renalin on March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

His speech came in the morning, when attendance is usually light, but you can hear the enthusiasm of those who attended. It’s a great speech, well worth watching more than once.

It truly is a tour de force.

Gonna be mighty proud when Rand Paul makes him Solicitor General, with an eye towards him filling the first vacancy on the SCOTUS…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Going to be very proud when President Cruz turns to his VP and says, “Rand, could you pop out of the meeting and get us both a fresh cup of Joe.”

I kid.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Laugh it up fuzzballs.

This will be considered mild when the nutballs on each side get wound up about this time next year.

Gophergirl and ALyT, I’m lookin at y’all.

Bluegills will be exceptionally idiotic.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Even if one occasionally disagrees on strategy and tactics, there is no doubt that the future of the GOP lies with Cruz

That’s only because Cruz took the hard stance which needs to be taken to save our country. And you are only reporting on him because he had the courage to take that stand. If you think shutting down government for a few days is a “disagreeable strategy and tactic”, then you’re going to have some REAL problems with taking the steps needed to save our country from fiscal collapse. I suggest you start considering the big picture and the courage that will be needed, and start giving credit where credit is due.

dominigan on March 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I wish it would stay more lighthearted and friendly. But it won’t.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

They all bought their own flip-flops, homophobe.

Bishop on March 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Oh! What you said!!!!!!! What do you have against Filipino-Americans, racist?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Love the zing at the establishment with the President Romney, McCain, and Dole line.

melle1228 on March 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Laugh it up fuzzballs.

This will be considered mild when the nutballs on each side get wound up about this time next year.

Gophergirl and ALyT, I’m lookin at y’all.

Bluegills will be exceptionally idiotic.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

At least the Gill is in love with Cruz this year, and not a Romney.

melle1228 on March 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

melle1228 on March 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

That frightens me.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The Washington establishment, facilitated by their adoring media are already promoting a Christie/Clinton race.

Rovin on March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

True story- Christie was late to CPAC. He got stuck on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Rovin on March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

True story- Christie was late to CPAC. He got stuck on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Low fruit. Let the games begin.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Laugh it up fuzzballs.

This will be considered mild when the nutballs on each side get wound up about this time next year.

Gophergirl and ALyT, I’m lookin at y’all.

Bluegills will be exceptionally idiotic.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I have real trouble believing it will be worse than 2011/12. Of course, I underestimate our own capacity for viciousness at my own, and my party’s. peril.

I came to accept long ago that presidential primaries, esp within the GOP, are nasty affairs. We dial up the partisan rancor, absolutely deliberately and with no small amount of relish, with the hope of carrying the basest of the base. Things will get out of hand, esp with a press corpse (and no, that’s not a misspelling) whose livelihood depends on Republicans shredding each other.

So, gird your loins, choose your guy, sharpen your blade, and come out swinging. And try to enjoy it while doing so.

Just remember to get over it when all is said and done…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

It is a concern……

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Laugh it up fuzzballs.

This will be considered mild when the nutballs on each side get wound up about this time next year.

Gophergirl and ALyT, I’m lookin at y’all.

Bluegills will be exceptionally idiotic.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

You know you are becoming quite the buzzkill :(

For the record I like a few candidates and would be happy if any of them won.

However I’m still going to cheer Perry because well I like him so there!

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

However I’m still going to cheer Perry because well I like him so there!

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Needs to lose the hipster glasses he is sporting of late.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Needs to lose the hipster glasses he is sporting of late.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I agree. Not fond of them. Some guys look awesome in glasses, some not so much.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Makes him look more like the dweeb he really is.

That guy Perry, what a maroon moron.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

However I’m still going to cheer Perry because well I like him so there!

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Needs to lose the hipster glasses he is sporting of late.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Yeah, the Jay Carney/ Rachael Madcow/ the MSDNC female version of Rachel look just doesn’t come off well on Rick Perry.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Bluegills will be exceptionally idiotic.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

frank was drunk off his ass last night on QOTD and hagfish is somehow MIA this morning. Usually spouting multiple posts by this time of day.

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

However I’m still going to cheer Perry because well I like him so there!

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’ve been seeing that the gave a heckuva speech this morning. Received the most enthusiastic response so far.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Maybe he could have a look around this site for a replacement pair. I don’t think I can say the actual name of the brand. Here.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

God Bless Ted Cruz!

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Sigh…

I bet she didn’t read any of this post before screaming.

Poor girl, what an idiot.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Oh, man, you’re good, B.More.

And you don’t even have a hangover.

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Slept in. Good coffee doesn’t hurt. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Breadball?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

I’ve been seeing that the gave a heckuva speech this morning. Received the most enthusiastic response so far.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

:)

be quiet cozmo

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Breadball?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Hey! How come I didn’t see this girl before? She could be my new girlfriend! Love her name!

sniffles1999 on February 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Salem/Townhall contingent

Ahhhh that explains why Christie got a standing ovation.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Lance. Someone would like to have a word with you.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

sniffles1999 on February 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Too much of a sweetie for you.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Lance. Someone would like to have a word with you.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I know. I just answered ‘him’.

;)

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Beat me to it. :-) Strange that they both surfaced around the same time.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Serious questions.

Which is more likely in the next 4 years:
Senate Majority leader Cruz or President Cruz?
Senate Majority leader Lee?
Senate Majority leader Paul or President Paul?
If Paul becomes President would it be more worthwhile to have Cruz in the Senate or somewhere else?
If Cruz becomes President would it be more worthwhile to have Paul in the Senate or somewhere else?

Personally, I think VP Cruz or VP Paul would be a complete waste of their talent.

We have so few truly conservative politicians right now, I often ask these questions because it is important we have them in the positions where they can be most effective.

airupthere on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Yeah, huh.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Takes me a bit in the a.m. to get going. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Missing from the headline: Standing Ovation for Cruz

(Did anyone ever find the alleged video of ovation for Christie?)

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Takes them a bit in the a.m. to get going. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Ooops

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

That was from the Banquet Staff. :)

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

[FULL SPEECH] Rick Perry at CPAC fires up the crowd, saying we should look to red state governors

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Thank you. Will listen while I work on the spreadsheet from hell.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Ooops

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Don’t worry. When I finally figured the whole thing out I yelled ‘DAMMIT!”

Lanceman on March 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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FULL SPEECH] Rick Perry at CPAC fires up the crowd, saying we should look to red state governors

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

In other news: Used car salesman says that people should buy used cars and not purchase new vehicles.

I kid. I like Perry and agree that Red State govs are doing good work, but what does he mean when he says we should look to Red State govs? Look to them for what specifically?

I agree other states should look to them to properly run a state. I don’t necessarily agree that that is directly transferable to reducing the size and scope of the federal government if they are elected President.

airupthere on March 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

In other news: Used car salesman says that people should buy used cars and not purchase new vehicles.

I kid. I like Perry and agree that Red State govs are doing good work, but what does he mean when he says we should look to Red State govs? Look to them for what specifically?

I agree other states should look to them to properly run a state. I don’t necessarily agree that that is directly transferable to reducing the size and scope of the federal government if they are elected President.

airupthere on March 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I guess we will have to watch before we opine.

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Sometimes disagree on strategy and tactics. Oh, let’s fly that canard right on out there. Oh, and forgot to post Cruz’ opening speech. No biggie. At least we got Chris Christie’s riveting appearance right away. We do love him so. That’s why I didn’t look at that post. Christie is an ex-parrot. Let him go. Really, it’s ok.

Cliff by the Ford on March 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

be quiet cozmo

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

If you’re gonna’ tell me to be quiet, you also have to tell me when I can stop being quiet.

Or, give something shiny to keep me occupied.

Beat me to it. :-) Strange that they both surfaced around the same time.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Okay, I may be dense, but having to create your own adversary kind of defeats the purpose of practicing, doesn’t it?

Y’all can have all of my adversaries, I’ll find more. And I even broke many of them for you already.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

President Ted Cruz. I like the sound of that.

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Shouldn’t this post be put in the Headlines so it will disappear quicker? That usually where the Cruz posts go to die, right?

Cliff by the Ford on March 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

That’s not saying much. You like the sound a fart makes.
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Pull my finger.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Cliff by the Ford on March 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Noob huh?

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Holy smokes Perry is on fire. Great speech.

gophergirl on March 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hagfish wore it out.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The cruz blogger video wont play (RINO conspiracy?)

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hagfish wore it out.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

You read my mind

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

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