Ted Cruz coined the term “surrender caucus” to describe Republicans who are reluctant to induce a government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare because they believe this move might very well cost the GOP its majority in the House. But now, when Cruz tries to inject a little realism of his own into the discussion, he is accused by some House Republicans of advocating surrender. (Snip) You can’t talk to the American people, you can’t talk to our bases on this strategy, and then completely roll over. Thank God [Cruz] wasn’t there fighting at the Alamo!
Comments: It´s the trial lawyer in him. Over the top rhetoric sometimes sways juries, maybe not so much the GOPers who had followed his lead.
I would prefer to NOT have Republicans eat their own, especially the ones who DO something about the swamp that is DC. Why does it bother the Republicans when a member shows even a modicum of leadership? Back off NOW, most of us have had enough. That goes for Karl Rove and Jeb Bush too. Cruz is doing what the People want..remember us? THE PEOPLE.
The surrender caucus just doesn´t get it. They´re so stuck into losing and playing nice ball with the other side of the aisle. They have lost their mission, their focus and moreover, their passion. What Ted Cruz is doing is going directly to an unhappy and frustrated people. If I recall, Ronald Reagan did this very effectively without any help from the press. The timing is perfect for this type of populus strategy. This whole scenario reminds me of the first Rocky movie. Rocky didn´t win the fight, but he went the distance with a world champion. He didn´t roll over and take the easy loss everyone predicted. He fought standing up all 15 rounds. Isn´t this is what Americans do? We fight and we eventually win. This fight is going to do many positive things for the Republican party over the long run. I see Ted Cruz potentially becoming a folk hero and people from all sides wanting to join his mission to help abolish Obamacare. He´s the leader we need at this time. And McCain and the other scare-dee cat Republicans in congress may even learn a thing of two in the process. Go Rocky, go Ted.
Power Line definitely has the GOP establishment virus.
I´ve been leery of defunding Obamacare but I can´t say I have a better solution. Too many people will be harmed by its implementation so watching it blow up in the Dem´s faces is not optimal either ... to borrow the preezy´s phrasing regarding another abject disaster.
Firmly embracing their PDS the resident Tokyo Rovettes needing to sate their hunger for despising Social Conservatism as well as Constitutional Conservatism, willingly embrace CDS (Cruz Derangement Syndrome). The Gangrene Girls here and within the G.O.P. at large despise the Ronald Reagan wing of the party and the successful policies he instituted when he was President. Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Ted Cruz echo those policies and principles abandoned by the G.O.P. Thus the incessant Venomous Vitriol and Hatred for both individuals. If the mindset the Gangrene Girls od the G.O.P. had been in place at numerous critical junctions of Human history, Humanity would still be under the rule of Godless Humanist Tyrants.
Please keep in mind that we lost the battle at the Alamo, but we won the war. The Alamo showed us bravery, valor, tenacity, and just plain guts, for the love of freedom. Texas is the Lonestar state and Cruz is the Lonestar Senator.
Mirengoff has reverted to his leftist roots. He regularly pens pro-Obama, anti-Rubio, and now anti-Cruz dreck. Ignore this propagandist hiding behind the PowerLine banner. He´s the kind of weasel who gives lawyers a bad name.
Ted Cruz is all hat and no cattle and a scam artist. His so called plan for defunding Obamacare was to go around the country with that odious Jim DeMint and slander Republicans. Cruz and DeMint ran ads in the home districts of conservative Republicans accusing them of supporting Obamacare. Cruz was all over talk radio besmirching Republicans, calling them cowards , squishes , quitters and pro Obamacare. When these two crooks got done lying about their fellow Republicans, they asked the gullible base for donations to "help them " defund Obamacare. Cruz made robo calls and ads for DeMint´s many front groups asking for money to defund Obamacare- when they knew all along it was a legislative impossibility because of the Democrat controlled Senate and Democrat president . Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin went right along with the scheme and they are as guilty and duplicitous as Cruz and DeMint. I´m sure they got big bonuses from the Heritage Foundation . DeMint raised 1.5 million in August under false pretenses. Cruz and DeMint and everyone with an ounce of common sense and the ability to count knew that the heavily Democrat Senate was never , ever going to defund Obamacare. Not a single Democrat Senator supported Cruz . Cruz and everyone else , except the base , knew all along that he needed 6 Democrats to pass a House bill and 21 Senate Democrats to override Obama´s veto. Mike Lee said on Thursday at the press conference that "government shutdowns are bad and not worth it " and " this law is not worth causing a shutdown over ". Besides destroying his reputation with this fundraising stunt and punking the base, Cruz has distracted everyone from Obama and Syria and the economy and may have hurt Republican chances to legitimately repeal Obamacare in 2014 and 2016. No wonder he´s been dubbed the Manchurian Senator.
Americans have forgotten the old adage: Judge a man by his actions and not his words.
Ted Cruz has proven by his actions that he is on the side of the Conservative, voice-less Americans and is giving us the chance to be heard and change things. This is how our government was intended to be run...by the people. The media will try to strangle all dissent. But in the end, they will be forced to follow the majority if we speak out and at least TRY. This fight to defund Obamacare shows what the voices of Americans can do. Thank you Senator, Cruz.
Sorry, OP, but I don´t believe a word you write about Cruz. You´re source is suspect.
This is quintessential Mirengoff drivel, predictable from this absurd weenie. If nothing else, Cruz is to be commended for exposing the GOP leadership as the frauds and liars they have always been and just a tad to the right of the D hard left.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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