Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
Be sure to read past the first paragraph. I really like Hayes.
FTA: They succeeded in one crucial respect: Everyone is talking about Obamacare. And the more it gets talked about, the clearer its flaws are to an already skeptical public.
Yes, but also I think Cruz pick a scab that needed to be picked -- the shadow-scared old boys club gop needed to be exposed for their weak kneed approach to the most serious threat to freedom of our time. And he riled up those of us who really needed to be given hope. Now, can the momentum be maintained, or will the defeatist attitude pervade?
Stephen seems to think normal citizens are "the fringe". What an arrogant DC elitist assumption, and oh-so typical of the vermin that hang out in DC. The fool thinks 70% of Americans are members of "the fringe" that do not like obamacare.
Stephen, you have no clue what will happen in 2014. If you could remember what happened in 2010 when "the fringe" was upset with the massive government take-over of our health care system, you might start to have a clue. Then, remember 2012, when you DC elitists picked Romney,one of your own, for president and 5 million+ of "the fringe" stayed home.
Per today´s Lucianne photo and caption re the One and how Cruz can talk for 21 hours without a teleprompter...the guy was lucid to the end, and made the key points about replacing Obamacare with real health system reform all night.
Of course he does not change the "calculus" of the Senate.
What he did was get America´s focus on Health Care Reform.
"conservative fantasyland" and "GOP fringe" are words which Stephen Hayes is putting into the mouths of Ted Cruz´s opponents. It becomes clear as you read the rest of the article that his opening three sentences do not represent his view of Ted Cruz.
I will say that he misses the point. All too often those who are attacking Cruz for his filibuster have attacked everybody who has proposed actually doing something the conservative base wants (such as fighting Obamacare). It is time for those who oppose Ted Cruz´s tactics to take action, not just talk about alternative strategies.
He fought back and the country (I think even the world) was it. They claim the capitol switchboard was flooded with calls. Watching the dems try to shut down his last half hour of the grand speech, was telling. Watching the dems slam their hands on their desks yesterday and call names and claim (along with some notable republicans)that obamacare is the law of the land and NOTHING can be done about it, was telling. He, and the phone callers, frightened the dem/gop party! You go get them Sen. Cruz.
Let me see if have this straight. A person who is standing up against government tyranny and defending libery and freedom is a dark side nut and an abortion nut in Texas who apparently wants the right to kill a baby well past the point of viability,is a national hero.
How can you not say that Satan is now the president of this country?
How long would a republican candidate last if it came out they´re were having cyber sex with a stripper in Oregon?
"And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington."
That my friend is why we need to turnout the old guard and get some more fresh blood in Congress, Executive and Supreme court when the opportunity arises.
We ought to find out what’s good in it, what’s bad in it.”
This, all of it, should have been explained before the bill was passed.
$ Still, no one has read the bill.
$ Implementation of what was in the bill was not in place before it was passed.
$ "We have to pass the bill to find out what´s in it.? Why? Why not find out what´s in it first? (rhetorical question)
$ The bill is not about health care - it´s about controlling people and money.
The prospect of a unified Republican message was gone. So these conservatives launched their outside-in campaign, using grassroots activist groups and the growing conservative angst about the president’s health care...
The Republican Party has stood for nothing, and so they will fall for anything. Cruz and those who stood with him are heroes, since the rest are not listening to us.
For more than a couple of decades, Republicans have been saying, "We have to win first before we can change things." Well, the people´s desires are not being met by the very people we elected to win for us.
So the cycle of "win first, fix later" never gets implemented. Then we have the same ossified crowd of our guys saying, "We have to win first."
Why do we win some elections and lose the battles?
We CANNOT lose this Obamacare battle. If the bill gets stripped to acceptable form, it will only be a matter of time before what was stripped out will be put right back in.
It would be wise to pass individual small bills instead of this flesh-eating, spirit-crushing, suicidal bill.
At some point, Americans must say, "Sorry, GOP. You have been given enough chances to get your minds right and you have once again failed us." Apparently, now is that moment.
We´re losing this war anyway. Why not lose it with dignity?
All of what the author says is true. The problem lies with the American attention span which is about the equivalent of a fruit fly. Going the long, legal and arduous route MIGHT have worked (very doubtful, however), but by day 2, with no friendly press (msm) giving that approach airtime, Americans would absolutely have become bored and tuned out. Meanwhile, the democrats would be on their t.v. stations hawking their flawed plan, castigating republicans and continuing down their (and our) disastrous road. With Cruz´ filibuster, even the lowest info voter got to hear some of the problems and objections to this egregious bill. I Cruz did the right and appropriate thing given the current climate of this once great country.
I want to know what´s going on in the cloak room. Under the table. Behind closed doors.
I want to know what Dingy Harry has promised to the "D"s and the "R"s if they vote for cloture, and against We, The People.
That´s the game. Goodies. Pork. I´ll guarantee you, there are billions in Goodies just waiting for the ones who vote against We, The People. And which side of the aisle you come from does not matter a whit. We all know John McCain will sell his soul to the devil for a glowing headline in the New York Times, and Miss Graham waits for crumbs from McCain´s table.
And yeah, people really should read the article in full before jumping Hayes. By the time you get to the fifth sentence, it should be clear what Hayes is saying.
I´m enormously impressed with Cruz. Voted for him. But I´m not going to get too far into Hero Worship. I´ve seen too many "idols" with feet of clay. I don´t think it´s going to happen with Cruz. I think he´s in it for a fight to the death. I think he´s the real deal. Fingers crossed.
"The focus should now be on the two provisions of Obamacare that are most difficult for the White House and congressional Democrats to defend ?—? the Obamacare exemption for members of Congress and their staffs and the selective enforcement of the law’s mandates."
And of these two the single most heinous is the selective enforcement, the exemptions passed out by Obama. Dictators and kings grant exemptioss from the law, not presidents in representative democracies.
Even so, what is described in the quote is just a Plan B. One should always have a Plan B, but it is still too soon to give up on Plan A - a united Republican "no" vote on cloture to try to force the CR through with the defunding language approved in the House. Make Obama veto it. Make HIM shut down the government rather than defund Obamacare.
Oh, and one more thing. We all know by now of Huma´s Muslim Brotherhood family ties. And I had asked similar questions about Elizabeth O´Bagy: Who is she? Who is her family? Who sent her?
The video today of Cruz´s father´s speech answers those questions about Ted Cruz, and the answer is: he´s the real deal. That´s why he scares them so badly. Thanks for the video.
Hayes needs to get to the support of Cruz much earlier in his article. I almost didn´t get past the first paragraph because it appeared to be just another eunuch republican sell out. However, he supports Cruz and actually wrote a good article. He just waited way too long to get to the point; not good in these angry times.
Hayes makes a telling mistake: The OLD guard are NOT the leaders of the GOP. And the Dems rushing to get this monster passed before Christmas-----before ANY had read the bill is another Huge problem.
Gov. Sarah Palin was among the first to read the Bill and that was why her two words "DEATH PANELS" has finally soaked through the ´swuishy´ brains of a few.
The majority of Congress people still do not know what is in the bill and those setting up the Rules and Regs of it by their own reasoning for their requirements have already had a massive disruption to the economy just to appease the ´crack smoker´ in chief.
Some astute observations by Hayes. Cruz changed the conversation. Other methods might have been more effective in terms of changing the bill, but this method was effective in changing the conversation. In Washington, sometimes it is impossible to change the bill until you change the conversation.
I like Cruz. I don´t like the name-calling on either side of the Republican divide. When you resort to name-calling, it generally ns that your power of persuasion is limited. We see this all the time with Obama name-calling Republicans in front of friendly Dem audiences. I would hope that Republicans could make their points without the use of this childish device.
There are a lot of posters here who are completely misinterpreting what Steve Hayes was trying to say. Perhaps some of you should go actually read the whole article and attempt to understand it. He is not agreeing with the Peter King/John McCain wing of the RINO Party. He is pointing out that he does not see it that way. And it is a fair assessment of the Senate process Cruz tried to deploy, ending with a lot of praise over the exposure Cruz brought to the issue. I agree.
# 4 is exactly right. I realized this when Pelosi, with her gigantic mallet and band of cell phone holders, waded into a march by regular Americans to protest Obamacare.
She was so smug and all the phone holders were waiting to hear all sorts of derogatory words and insults. I knew right then they have no idea who we are. They are totally out of touch with most of America. As for Cruz, I admire what he did and if he can keep it together, he´s has an outstanding future. But nasty McCain and the boys will get to him - just watch.
See, that´s where we differ. I like calling things what they are. People forget that Reagan was heavily criticized for calling the old Soviet Union an "Evil Empire." They said it was insulting and inappropriate. Only two problems with that: The Soviet Union was evil, and it was an empire. Reagan told the world a truth it needed to hear.
I recognize that direct and descriptive language sometimes increases the resistance people have against accepting the truth and may add to the level of friction in our society. But sometimes truth is stronger than friction.
I feel a March on Washington coming on, which will make the one on 9/12/2009, which I attended with well over one million attending, will pale in comparison as this monstrosity of Obamacare takes effect.
Just remember Obamacare passed without a single Republican voting for it. Hopefully Republican Congress Critters will remember.
Cruz has done us all a great favor by lighting a fire under people who were giving up the good fight. As Winston Churchill said: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
so many of you posters reveal your ignorant arrogance - you who think and act like you know so much - didnt even bother to read the article and then spouted off in all your stupid glory - to your own shame.
Yes many did not get past the first paragraph, however I must disagree with two points. One, he continues to wrongly call Republicans conservatives; and two, the following:
FTA:"claiming that conservatives who disagreed with his tactics were part of a “surrender caucus” and even likening them to appeasers of the Nazis. Many conservatives?—?both inside the Congress and out?—?have dedicated the better part of the last four years working first to fend off and then to derail Obamacare. Because they disagree with Cruz on a tactical issue, they’re now the surrender caucus? Nonsense."
It is not nonsense, it is spot on. Lucianne is the second stop for me every morning (Obit´s first just to make sure I´m not listed)and then here to this Salon. I simply do not recall much action from the Republicans on 0bamacare since it has been passed. If the Republicans REALLY wanted to slay the beast why did they wait until the last minute? This fight could have happened last year.
I read the whole piece and am not ashamed to label Hayes´ article as what it is: a perfunctory, if polished, attempt to alibi the Gelded Obama Patsy Old Guard´s failure to provide a principled and courageous leadership. That, and damning Cruz with faint praise.
I´m one of the blades of grass from ye old grass roots and I don´t think the Washington pundits have our number. Let them pontificate, they are part of the appeaser crowd. Cruz speaks for us, they don´t.
For the record I like Steve Hayes it´s the only reason I read the article. The Republicans inside the beltway and members of the ´old boys´ club sipping cocktails at parties with democrats do not realize they are coming to their demise in two more elections if they don´t embrace Ted Cruz and the Tea Party. 2016 might be the last you will ever see of the Republicans once the country slips into communism and one party rule. The highwaymen and thieves in Washington better all realize that they are all tax cheats for taking an exemption from Obamacare. That´s right John Roberts called it a tax so the idiots in Washington and their staff are dodging their taxes. This could be used as an argument to defund it as a tax. Ted Cruz is the face of what the rest of Washington denies, representing the people and upholding the Constitution. It´s a sad day when you are considered a dodo bird, whacko for being an American. That´s how far the government has slipped into darkness. McCain still owes us for the plane he crashed so why should I listen to that dodo bird? Obamacare is a TAX!
No One should underestimate the effect Cruz had on the Americans who are paying attention. We just wanted, for once in a very long time, someone to stand up and say NO to the left and not walk it back in disgrace. The contrast between this man and Manchin and all the others who have said what is right, only to apologize for it later, is what we have been praying for. When you are wandering in a desert and find a real oasis and not a mirage it is very refreshing.
At the very least, Cruz stood up and he stated his opinions clearly and forcefully. You don´t have to agree with every word and every strategy but you have to agree that this stinking pile of excrement has to be removed, somehow. Postponing the individual mandate for a year would be a good first step.
Last time I talked to Br´r Hayes he had a camera with him and we were awaiting the arrival of Sarah Palin out at a park in Falls Church.
He thought Senator McCain would probably live through two terms of the Presidency considering how long his mother had lived. I pointed out that he was already showing signs of serious mental deterioration, so we´d be wanting him gone long before the end of the second term.
My thoughts about the man were based on an Australian long term study of folks who´d been POWs for lengthy periods in WWII.
I know I won the debate, and I´m sure he had that on his mind for several years now. Frankly, at the time I totally dismissed Obama´s chance of winning ~ little did we know the Democrats had signed up about 13 million new Democrat voters and totally plummed the depths of possible mind numbed robot like knee jerk leftists in so doing ~ We´d know that later as ACORN ~ and 69 million voters.
And here, Hayes is showing wisdom and judgment tempered in the fires of political reality ~ to wit: CRUZ did it without a teleprompter!
And, he had more to say about it that was relevant than we´ve heard from McCain and the other members of the Senate over the last 5 years ~ nay, even 25 years.
Is he polite? Yes. I found that brief personal encounter to be a demonstration that Hayes is and can be extraordinarily polite even when discussing the most difficult of topics ~ e.g. WHEN THEIR HEADS EXPLODE
Hey, Stephen, Conservatives are not the fringe. We are not extremists. You are falling for the progressive meme that because we want lower taxes, we want government to stop pushing its way into every area of our life, we want the law to apply to all of us or none of us, and we will not sit down meekly and watch the unraveling of this nation by a bunch of anti-American communists that we are extreme. Do not fall for this. We are the backbone of this country and are fed up with the way Washington works.
Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues took the fight to the ruling class and we stood up and cheered him on and will do so again. The Republican establishment wasn´t interested in doing the hard work and finally a few Republicans had the courage to stand up. Thank God they did. Either we fight the scourge that is ensconced in the White House or we condemn our children to a much different America than we have enjoyed. Conservatives choose to fight.
Hayes is a typical attention grabbing Washington whore using words like "fantasy land". Ted Cruz auditioned for leadership and won. He spoke of many things, no teleprompter. The curent imposter with the forged birth papers, could not talk sensibly for even afew minutes without help from his team of 60 writers in the WH basement. Ted Cruz stepped up. The audition was a huge success. Ted Cruz is the FIRST ELECTED to give honest Americans REALITY TV ! Ted Cruz can now take the helm and bring out the very best in the growing Tea Party. Ted Cruz can get other reluctant, scared, republicans to come out of the closet of communist inimidation of all other democrats and old Diane Sawyer TV media. All those blind, corrupt TV news actors are starting to look as untruthful as they really are.
Ted Cruz has set a new standard. Now, let´s see how tough and straightfoward he can get. We do not want Ted truning into another soft spoken nice guy like Mitt Romney.
Get tough, Ted, recite all the wrongs, don´t stop, rally all the good people around
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE! The old guard and the dems have shown exactly who they are. They are against the American people with their negative and accusatory words. Their language alone should turn any thinking person away from them and their so-called ideas for our betterment.
Yes, it´s immediately obvious who did not read Hayes´ piece, but stumped their toes on his opening sentences, never walking on down to the sentence stating "We´re inclined to a somewhat different view." No one is required to read a posted article, but those who don´t should refrain from firing a comment.
Ted can do something no politician ever does. Ted can do something that helped to make John Wayne the true superstar he still is in the history of film. John Wayne always had a wonderful supporting cast of ongoing fellow actors. He generously shared the screen with a virtual staff of reliable, fine people. Ted Cruz can now do the same thing and point out, welcome, other people who are fighting the good fight. Not just Rand Paul, Scott Walker, but some really tough truth seekers like Judge Andrew Napolitano, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Michelle Bachman, Sarah of course, Hannity, even Rush Mark Steyn, Steve Forbes, Donald Trump, Drudge, Breitbart, Lucianne. NOW is the time to give these winners and presenters of truth, a lot of generous acknowlledgement and credit. Ther are no rstrictions tothis generosity. Now is the time to create both a critical team of fellow electeds, and the amazing variety of the New Media and to top it off, the Tea Part!. Ted Cruz has has the first time opportunity to take advantage of all the ground gained technologically in the New Media. And the fake fencesitters like Bill O´Reilly can either get on board, or stay behind the obvious new leadership of Ted Cruz.
When the GOP had control of all 3 branches of government, they loved the power so much they made no effort to cut spending and corruption. Ted Cruz seems to be the voter´ dream come true. There are even some dem voters who realize there are basicly two classes of people in the U.S.: the Washington DC ruling class and everybody else, who , with taxes pay for their enrichnent. the msm recently lionized a parasite who has been in pcongress 40 or 50 years. He is no public servant, he just found the public teat, and latched on. GO CRUZ AND COMPANY!
The sick twist in our WH announced this week: "The final transformation of the USA will take place in 5 days with the funding of Obamacare"....
Call..DEMAND..call the Republicans who are considering going along with cloture...call the Dems who are up for re-electin in a red state...copy and pass on this info to your entire email list...Stand..and speak out
STATE SENATOR PHONE CONTACT INFO CLOTURE TO FUND OBAMACARE AK Murkowski, Lisa 202-224-6665 AL Sessions, Jeff 202-224-4124 Opposes Cloture AL Shelby, Richard 202-224-5744 Opposes Cloture AR Boozman, John 202-224-4843 AZ Flake, Jeff 202-224-4521 Opposes Cloture AZ McCain, John 202-224-2235 Supports Cloture FL Rubio, Marco 202-224-3041 Opposes Cloture GA Chambliss, Saxby 202-224-3521 Supports Cloture GA Isakson, Johnny 202-224-3643 Supports Cloture IA Grassley, Chuck 202-224-3744 Opposes Cloture ID Crapo, Mike 202-224-6142 ID Risch, Jim 202-224-2752 Opposes Cloture IL Kirk, Mark 202-224-2854 IN Coats, Dan 202-224-5623 Supports Cloture KS Moran, Jerry 202-224-6521 KS Roberts, Pat 202-224-4774 Opposes Cloture KY McConnell, Mitch 202-224-2541 Supports Cloture KY Paul, Rand 202-224-4343 Opposes Cloture LA Vitter, David 202-224-4623 Opposes Cloture ME Collins, Susan 202-224-2523 MO Blunt, Roy 202-224-5721 Supports Cloture MS Cochran, Thad 202-224-5054 MS Wicker, Roger 202-224-6253 NC Burr, Richard 202-224-3154 ND Hoeven, John 202-224-2551 NE Fischer, Deb 202-224-6551 NE Johanns, Mike 202-224-4224 NH Ayotte, Kelly 202-224-3324 NJ Chiesa, Jeff 202-224-3224 NV Heller, Dean 202-224-6244 OH Portman, Rob 202-224-3353 OK Coburn, Tom 202-224-5754 Supports Cloture OK Inhofe, Jim 202-224-4721 Opposes Cloture PA Toomey, Pat 202-224-4254 Opposes Cloture SC Graham, Lindsey 202-224-5972 Supports Cloture SC Scott, Tim 202-224-6121 Opposes Cloture SD Thune, John 202-224-2321 Supports Cloture TN Alexander, Lamar 202-224-4944 TN Corker, Bob 202-224-3344 Supports Cloture TX Cornyn, John 202-224-2934 Supports Cloture TX Cruz, Ted 202-224-5922 Opposes Cloture UT Hatch, Orrin 202-224-5251 Supports Cloture UT Lee, Mike 202-224-5444 Opposes Cloture WI Johnson, Ron 202-224-5323 WY Barrasso, John 202-224-6441 WY Enzi, Mike 202-224-3424 Opposes Cloture
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Cruz was magnificent. What a leader and fighter. I nominate Cruz for Secretary of Defiance. McCain made me absolutely sick. Juan McLame is the symbol of everything that is completely wrong about the state of the Republican Party today. Him and his twin loser Grahamnasty and the rest of the Roll Over Crew in the Senate need to be dumped with the garbage every election they come up on until we have new like minded Constitutional Conservatives like Cruz and Lee and others that will fight to actually save the once free nation. So help them God.
The conservative fantasyland that Hayes references are those on the right who apparently think that Republicans control the Senate. They don´t . Once Corey Booker wins the special election in two weeks in NJ, the Democrats´ 8 seat majority will swing back to a 10 seat. Only having 45 or temporarily 46 Senate seats ties Senate Republicans´ hands legislatively. That´s reality and math. And then there´s Obama. Jim DeMint , with a straight face , actually told a town hall that he thought Obama would sign a law defunding Obamacare. After Harry Reid and 5 or 6 unnamed Senate Democrats went along with Republicans. Now, that´s a whopper of a fantasy. The other fantasy they sell is that if a shutdown occurs and Republicans are getting hammered , Obama and the Democrats are going to cave and defund Obamacare. Who believes this kind of silliness ? Rip Van Winkle Republicans who have slept though Obama´s past 5 years ? If Cruz and Lee had spent the past 8 months trying to flip the 6 Democrat Senators they needed to pass the bill and then a total of 15 more to get a total of 21 Senate Dems to override Obama´s veto, that would have made sense. That would have made defunding a possible reality. Instead Cruz and Lee attacked the party out of power , instead of going after the Democrat Senators who could have made a difference. And shame on # 5 .
Sorry #61 but I could not let your litany of capitulation stand unchallenged.
"If Cruz and Lee had spent the past 8 months trying to flip the 6 Democrat Senators" is one of your complaints. Tell me, what has the Republican Elite Leadership done since March 23, 2010 to do anything from allowing this bill to destroy this country.
As stated by others, they may not have been able to change the calculus, but at least people are talking about 0bamacare. That means they have accomplished more than any other Republican.
I reject the premise that Lee and Cruz accomplished nothing, the long litany of ´ifs´ listed is nothing more than the death rattle of the GOP.
Kim Strassel had a great piece in this morning´s WSJ making the point that as admired as Cruz and Lee´s effort is among their supporters, what they have accomplished is moving the spotlight away from the Democrats who designed and forced through the healthcare bill and to the Republicans who declined to join up. These are the same Republicans who fought the healthcare bill in the House and Senate, stood against it on the vote, campaigned against it in 2010 and 2012 and are dedicated to destroying it. But, Senators Cruz and Lee had a different objective, hoping to defund it now (with the help of Senate Dems and the White House) instead of destroying it after the next election when we have defeated vulnerable Dems and taken control of the Senate. I have little hope we can change the discussion back to solidifying the House and taking the Senate. Too many of us have guns pointed at our own, instead.
Hayes and like minded Rove Republicans like to play it safe and only tackle things in a way that have a high likelihood of success.
I would like to know what great things have ended up the way they were first envisioned? Change and compromise are almost a forgone conclusion. But that doesn´t mean you START from a compromise position because then you have to compromise from that position.
You START from your principles and your original vision. Then you fight to support that position. After the opposition makes it´s original position clear, then you look for common ground and possible compromise. The concept of compromise for the Dems is "do it their way". Sorry, that doesn´t fly. You look for synergistic solutions first and then, failing that, BOTH SIDES make trade offs.
There is nothing bad about starting from a strong position and fighting for it.
As to BO´s "no negotiation" response, is that another "red line" bluff that we better not call him on? The public, by a significant margin thinks he SHOULD negotiate. His position on this is untenable. Further, if the BOCare rollout is the disaster that everyone is expecting it will weaken his position even more.
The challenge to the Republicans is to sand firm and not be too willing to crumble to defeat.
As to the timing of this issue, Cruz et al brought the focus to BOCare just as its fatal flaws are becoming glaring. Perfect timing. Keep the heat on.
The establishment republicans only want the appearance of resistance. The usual apologists, their hypocrisy exposed, one again lament the fact that guns are drawn by republicans against republicans. Feel free to stand down.
The Senators opposed defunding are Senators whose personal stake in this bill is high. Take a look at the connections between McConnell, Hatch and a biotech called AMGEN. Dr Frist and Health Corporation of America. These are not principled guys, and the liberal republican sycophants on this board know that. For all his faults Matt Bevins would still be an upgrade. Cruz has shown who is with us and who is against us. You ought to be clear on what their motivations really are.
The transformation of Republican Party is alive and doing well. In fact, we should be called the GNP...the Grand New Party. That old saying...you either lead, follow or get out of the way, should become a new motto. Instead of being cautious and afraid, it time to push off the doom and gloomers and move forward. At this time, Ted Cruz is the assumed leader. He´s energized the electorate and if he continues to play his cards of behalf of the American people he could go all the way. Let not forget, Ronald Reagan was no sell out.
Okay! Next up - a staged, well-planned and entirely phony "attack" on Zippy and his family for the purpose of declaring martial law and seizing guns. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. The go-along-to-get-along Republicans will be the first to turn theirs in. The real, red-blooded American patriots will refuse and so insurrection begins. Cloward and Piven, folks.
The one thing on which you can bet the farm is the ability of the republicans to compromise their principles, appeal to the democrat base, demonize their supporters and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
As Cary Grant (as newspaper publisher Walter Burns) said to Rosalind Russell (as reporter Hildy Johnson) in the movie His Gal Friday, ´Who´s going to read the second paragraph?´ Many in the general public aren´t going to read past the first paragraph. They don´t have time. Equally important, the opening sentence and opening paragraph are the most important part of the article. They frame the issue. I read most of the comments here. I wouldn´t click on this article if you paid me. Hayes did nothing to stop the destruction of the country and its delivery to the radical left. So, he´s of value to the left, not to me. A commenter posted a portion where Hayes claims the GOP has been working gangbusters to stop O´care. This is quite false. The GOP has always loved O´Care. The GOP House refused to ever allow an ObamaCare defunding measure to come to the floor.
My little state might have a budding Cruz. Tennesseans fed up with LAMAR (Alexander is in Obama´s hip pocket) ´´Joe Carr seeks to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in Washington because he believes our country is in crisis and Tennesseans are hungry for strong, principled, conservative leadership.´´
If nothing else, Carr is David to Alexander´s Goliath.
These are the republicans that voted to fund Obamacare:
Alexander (up for re-election in 2014) Ayotte Barrasso Blunt Boozman Burr Chambliss Chiesa Coats Coburn Cochran (up for re-election in 2014) Collins (up for re-election in 2014) Corker Cornyn (up for re-election in 2014) Graham (up for re-election in 2014) Hoeven Isakson Johanns Johnson (WI) Kirk McCain McConnell (up for re-election in 2014) Murkowski Thune Wicker Two Republican senators did not vote: Flake Hatch
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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the various polls on Barack Obama’s performance and noted the dramatic decline in approval on both policy areas and personal qualities. Today, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan take a look at the former, and inform readers that Obama is in much bigger trouble than just dropping below 40% overall approval: Recent polling from the Pew Research Center and Quinnipiac University has shown Obama’s approval rating on almost all major issues plunging into the 30s — below even his lowest-ever overall approval rating, which has stood around 40 percent
Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia´s Flinders University, said that an estimated 500,000 cubic kilometres (120,000 cubic miles) of low-salinity water had been found buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.
Washington -- Donald Rumsfeld´s most famous quote has to do with whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But he might as well have been a reporter talking about Obamacare. "There are known unknowns," said Rumsfeld back in February of 2002. "That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don´t know we don´t know." When it comes to Obamacare and the frantic White House effort to right the listing website meant to bring private health insurance to the uninsured, there´s a lot more we know we
Marco Rubio’s leadership PAC is launching a six-figure ad buy for Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)’s Senate bid in Arkansas, the second time he’s aided a sitting senator or Senate candidate this year. The group, Reclaim America PAC, will put six figures into ads across Arkansas beginning Thursday that focus on Cotton’s military background. The buy was first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by POLITICO. Cotton is running to oust incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races of 2014.
WASHINGTON — For the past decade, Texas has been at war with Washington. Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott have fought the federal government on health care, voting rights and environmental regulations. On spending, new programs and regulations, federal officials have been hard-pressed to find friendly ears in the Lone Star State. Now, with Perry fading from the state’s political scene, the 2014 contest for governor could determine whether Texas takes a different approach to the White House and the federal government. Abbott, the likely Republican contender for governor, promises much of the same, saying he would make
I do my fair share of carping about Washington’s “elites,” say, for their free-spending ways or their reckless adventurism abroad. That said, when I speak to family and friends back in the Heartland, I usually dissent from at least some of the common epithets thrown at the inhabitants of the Beltway who claim to govern America. “Stupid,” “dumb,” “idiots,” and sometimes “clueless” are the typical pejoratives used. From my perspective only the last one is accurate. The denizens of Washington may live in an impenetrable bubble, but they are actually quite smart, well educated, top of their class, and… clueless
Frequent flyers left behind more than $500,000 at airport security checkpoints in 2012 — and now that huge chunk of money could find its way to deserving troops’ wallets. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass a bill that donates to the United Service Organizations the combined loose change that travelers across the country forget to retrieve from airport security bins. The USO is a nonprofit benefitting members of the U.S. military and their families. While flyers usually remember to retrieve their computers, belts and other items required to be placed in bins before going through metal detectors at
George H.W. Bush´s legacy and greatest contribution to the American people may be his socks. And years from now, when the human race is enslaved by an alien race and hope dims, someone will look back on December 3, 2013 — the day the 41st president of the United States of America wore socks with his face emblazoned on them. Bush donned these magic socks on Tuesday when he accepted the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation award in Houston for his public service and government career. Bush´s sartorial sock choice have been an object of fascination for the media. They´re some
At the corner of First and H Streets in Northwest Washington, the balloons were all set, hanging stories high in the cold morning air. The inflatable Pepsi and Mountain Dew bottles were twisting in the breeze, and a mini-hoop game was set up. There was even a marching band and Chester the Cheetos Cheetah. The time had finally come for Washington, D.C. — the last holdout in the lower 48 —to get its first two Walmart stores. In 1996, Vermont was the last state to go Walmart blue. Now it’s Washington’s turn, and four more stores are planned. Just before
PHILADELPHIA — The theme for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s remarks at the National Constitution Center Tuesday night was energy. After all, the governor comes from a state in which the energy industry employs thousands. What the governor delivered were stinging words for President Barack Obama and Congress on a wide range of issues. He talked a lot about energy, zeroing in on a pipeline controversy and failed federal investments in companies, such as electric carmaker Fisker. He accused the extremist left of fighting affordable energy. “They want the government to tell Americans to live in smaller houses, drive smaller cars, set
A local New York City politician and ally of mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says the recent spate of “knockout” attacks in Brooklyn may stem from “a genuine concern” about Jewish influence. Laurie Cumbo, the councilwoman-elect for the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, made the comments in an open letter posted to her Facebook page. In the letter, Cumbo reports that many of her African-American constituents are alarmed by the growth of the local Jewish community. The resulting tension, she says, could have lead to a number of attacks on Jewish residents that bear the hallmarks of a “game” in which teens attempt
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
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
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
America is facing a wave of strikes by its fast-food workers on Thursday a day after Barack Obama warned that inequality in the USA had soared to the point that it now posed "a fundamental threat to the American dream". Low-paid workers in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast-food outlets in 100 cities across America were due to start rolling strikes to protest at the low level of America´s $7.25 (£4.45) federal minimum wage. The strikes are the latest part of a mushrooming publicity campaign for higher wages among those working so-called "McJobs", with fast-food restaurants seen as a
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation. [snip] If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale. At the end of the conversation -- which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran -- Obama revealed what´s at the top of his bucket