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Ted Cruz’s Debacle
American Conservative, by Ted Larison

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Posted By:MissMolly, 10/12/2013 4:47:42 AM

Jonathan Bernstein considers what the pointless shutdown fight has done to Ted Cruz’s political prospects: It’s one thing to have a reputation as a loudmouth; it’s quite another to have a reputation as a loser. That’s what the shutdown fight has done to Cruz. (Snip) It would have been different if Cruz’s gamble had been over a minor issue that drew little attention, but the purpose of the gamble all along seems to have been to turn Cruz into a national figure and link his name to some of the most important issues available. It succeeded in making him better


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Reply 1 - Posted by: loosecannon1, 10/12/2013 4:53:10 AM     (No. 9561777)

Pathetic. Cruz is the most exciting, believable, supportable Republican to come along in a LONG time. The left and the RINOs are delusional to think Cruz hasn´t ignited the Conservative element of the Republican Party. The more McCain & Co blast Cruz, the more certain it is that he scares them to death. Would that he would scare them into retiring.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/12/2013 5:08:33 AM     (No. 9561780)

Ted Cruz put the people´s will above party and that´s what has the establishment in a tizzy. They hate that because party politics is everything to them. They care nothing for people. It is all about manipulation and self-aggrandizement. They have run wild in Washington DC and see their power eroding with the likes of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee gaining influence. What good have they done for this country? It is time for the good guys to win and Ted Cruz just may be the one of the best. Keep fighting the good fight, Sen. Cruz. The people know a winner when they see one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mws50, 10/12/2013 5:13:16 AM     (No. 9561782)

there are a significant number of morons responding to this article at AC. And Ted Larison is as clueless as they come. They do not understand that our Senator is standing up to the DC Elites and the Liberal buffoons infesting our US government. He is shining a spotlight on their ridiculous and pathetic abuse of power and out-of-control fiscal irresponsibilities.

Senator Cruz is uncovering the waste in our government and that means the normal people of our Nation are winning.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/12/2013 5:24:06 AM     (No. 9561784)

Cruz is fighting a war on two fronts. The liberals hate him for obvious reasons - he is articulately and logically exposing them for who they are and the damage they are doing. As to why the establishment Republicans hate him, same reason.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/12/2013 5:34:13 AM     (No. 9561791)

Pathetic article. Apparently Ted doesn´t believe in politicians actually standing up for what they believe in. He apparently would rather hear the usual political lies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Poobah, 10/12/2013 5:48:11 AM     (No. 9561799)

Obama, the Democrats, and the media have put the country into a morass. Ted Cruz is an extraordinarily talented man – one capable of leading us out of it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lilo, 10/12/2013 5:51:06 AM     (No. 9561801)

You speak for yourself and the establishment, Ted Larison at American Conservative. Ted Cruz speaks for the American citizens.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/12/2013 6:30:50 AM     (No. 9561826)

Two of this morning´s L.Com articles, this one and "There´s Dissent in the Ranks of the
Truckers Shutting Down America" show a sad divide among conservatives bent on getting rid of that Marxist Dictator who intends to destroy our republic.

I´d say Cruz is demonstrating the leadership and drive that McCain and other RINOs have failed to muster, and which is needed to return America to what it once was.

I´d also call for a meeting of the minds on this crucial goal. And some prayer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/12/2013 6:33:04 AM     (No. 9561827)

Cruz/Palin in 2016, or the other way around. I don´t care. The shame of this whole battle is that the biggest complainers are the same ones who surrender every time, and keep getting elected.

This country is at the crossroads, with an incompetent at the helm. He makes political decisions based upon the planned destruction of this nation. Some people never get the word.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tren9, 10/12/2013 6:43:26 AM     (No. 9561835)

The RINOs have accomplished one thing: The GOP is now dead. They have now lost the ability to turn out the base.

In the short-run a third party will hurt the Pubbies but in the long run it is a necessary rebirth for conservatives.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/12/2013 6:50:12 AM     (No. 9561840)

#10, a third party led by whom? I understand the appeal of simply starting over, but someone has to do the scutwork involved in launching a successful third party. Many have tried and either failed (Ross Perot) or the new party has become one of the many who already exist. Just Google "political parties" and see how many there are. My preference is to weed out, district by district, state by state, election by election, the officeholders or wannabes who don´t represent a better future. The problem, of course, is that we don´t all have the same priorities, so any movement is diluted before it begins.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/12/2013 7:20:12 AM     (No. 9561870)

Okay, just my opinion, but here´s what it really is. Politicians are such narcissists that they are flipping out that Cruz got the attention he did, not by playing by their rules, but by going over the heads of their mouthpieces-co-conspirators in the press, but via CSPAN, right to us. (Why some people in the press are mad at him, too. He took away their power! No doubt including this petty little $*&head, too.) That´s the reason for all this irrational-sounding BS. They can´t stand it!Wahhhh! Look at me too! Look at me too!!!!

I though it was hysterical that at the end, old Harry Reid came like a little begging child to try and get some of that limelight, even offering up a ´deal´ to get Cruz more time (like he cared, I suspect after. 21 hours, but shows what Nasty Harry thought was important to Cruz. And, of course, Mr. Get-my -picture! McCain was part of the deal, too.

That was out "tell" and shows us what we can do to Nasty Harry AND Senator "Oooo, look at me!" McCain.

Ignore them and everything they do. Same for the press.

Marginalize them. It will destroy them. I´ll bet those 51,000 sign ups is making Obama a little unhappy, too....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mikkins2, 10/12/2013 7:27:06 AM     (No. 9561878)

The title should read :

"The Republican Establishment Is Planning To Fold And This Is What They Told Me To Write“

The other Republican Establishment game plan of blaming you if you decide to leave the party and find one that better represents you is nothing more than a delaying tactic. They want you wasting time trying to root them out one by one v so they have time to steal everything that is not bolted down and sneak out the back door. Then they are going to blow the place up anyway. You really think they are going to allow anyone to take over THEIR party?

Has the Republican Establishment ever proven it was capable of doing the honorable thing?

Did not think so.

Got Tea?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Az Roadrunner, 10/12/2013 7:30:50 AM     (No. 9561881)

Thank you #12 and #13. You guys nailed it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bubby, 10/12/2013 7:34:09 AM     (No. 9561882)

The msm in concert with the GOP elite are trashing Senator Ted Cruz just like they did to Sarah Palin. We have a communist muslim sympathizer in the White House and the GOP elite and Rinos have no problem with that but Ted Cruz has to be destroyed? Good bye GOP!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/12/2013 7:34:39 AM     (No. 9561883)

American Conservative? Is this a George Soros front organization? Ted Larson heaves a bunch of names and charges, uses clever diminutives, but does not engage in debate on any issues, or trouble himself with facts.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/12/2013 7:48:24 AM     (No. 9561899)

Conservatives have three years left of this Marxist POS in the once-White House. Use it to get your--our--act together for the future of America.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/12/2013 8:40:19 AM     (No. 9561971)

Bottom line, the times they are a changin´. If you are not willing to move with the time and mood of the American people then get out of the way. There will be no going back to the era when the elite permanent political class of Republicans ruled with impunity. It is over. There will be no stopping the push for representation of the wishes and needs of the people, foolish that the rinos do not realize this. Boomtown must indeed be a death trap for the mind.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: herder elwood, 10/12/2013 9:19:55 AM     (No. 9562031)

Good work L-doters.....eighteen posts in a row and not one squish.....keep it up!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: absalom, 10/12/2013 1:36:16 PM     (No. 9562379)

Some doofus named Larison, scribbling in the ´American Conservative´ abuses a principled conservative like Cruz. Put simply, this brainless article is testament to the power of the word conservative. Additionally, there are multiple internet forums who label themselves conservative which, in reality, are nothing but R establishment sites who shill for a trendy progressive agenda. To its great credit, Lucianne.com, always balanced, equitable and fair; has never been one of these counterfeit sites.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/12/2013 2:19:03 PM     (No. 9562415)

The writer´s name is Daniel Larison. Perhaps not a "doofus".

Here is his profile:
Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: absalom, 10/12/2013 3:12:10 PM     (No. 9562475)

#21. Stormy, only a person of low character would use a forum labeled, the American Conservative(?), to trash a principled conservative like Cruz. It goes to my point, that this is most likely another garbage publication masquerading as conservative, because they understand the power of that descriptive. As for Larison´s resume; those are references and credentials, akin to those pretentious educrat types who label themselves ´Doctor So and So´ since they have a PhD in Educational Semantics or some such malarkey. So Larison´s a doofus w/credentials but for sure he´s hardly a conservative.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 10/12/2013 3:38:25 PM     (No. 9562501)

"a self-seeking bomb-thrower" - hmmm, where have we heard that phrase before? - oh, yes, Joe McCarthy. Ted Cruz - he is continually presented as the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy. Now, why would "conservatives" want to use the language of the left to critcize a fellow conservative do you think?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/12/2013 4:03:42 PM     (No. 9562521)

Pitiful. The writer Ted Larison, like the rest of the Establishment Republicans, has lain down and given up the ghost, which to their lights is preferable to being the Opposition Party when Obama and the Democrats have set the nation on the road to destitution and there´s a crying need for opposition. These lily-livers hate being ridiculed worse than failing to do their jobs. I´m reminded of a scene in Payback.

Porter: You got a light?
Val Resnick: What?
Porter: You got a light?
Val Resnick: No.
Porter: Then what good are you?


But the public opinion polls are against us! they weep, without bothering to investigate the damning internals of these artfully rigged polls. Polling is, after all, the art of asking carefully crafted leading questions of the carefully selected ignorant and of those who can be expected to answer the way the pollster wants. Then the poll becomes a news event all by its lonesome self! Beats real news, doesn´t it? Obamacare will in time be known to be the worst legislation ever passed by Congress. Republicans whose opposition is sotto voce (muted) are barely better than the Democrats. Then what good are they?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: MissMolly, 10/12/2013 4:41:35 PM     (No. 9562556)

You rang, #22? Obviously, you are in no position to judge another´s character.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Verdantheart, 10/12/2013 5:07:50 PM     (No. 9562580)

No.11: no disrespect but Ross Perot was camped on the outskirts of reality and still got 20 percent of the vote, so desperate was the voting public to an alternative to Bush and Clinton. Did Ross Perot ever clerk at the Supreme Court? Ted Cruz has the skills to run rings around both political parties. You know it, I know it, Hillary! knows it, the WaPo knows it...
I disagree we don´t share priorities. We want to use our talents, be a part of the greater good, enjoy the fruits of our labors and enjoy pumpkin bisque with smoky shrimp on the patio as the guys uncork the wine. Ah Texas!!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 10/12/2013 6:47:09 PM     (No. 9562652)

OP Posting an article without comment indicates that you concur with the content or slant of the article. You´ve done this in many instances with negative articles targeting Ted Crusz and had done the same with articles targeting Sarah Palin.

OK, we get it, you dislike social conservatives. Wouldn´t you be more comfortable posting at DU, Kos and HuffPo, or are do you just derive pleasure from trolling us conservatives, as most posting here are? It´s not as if we don´t recognize you and your fellow cabal members.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: absalom, 10/12/2013 7:03:55 PM     (No. 9562662)

#25. Molly, surely you´re intelligent enough to know that neither ideology nor politics defines us, yet character most certainly does, and it´s measured through our deeds and words; as Shakespeare observed. Most certainly Larison, just another academic timeserver, defined himself by his abusive commentary.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/13/2013 6:09:57 AM     (No. 9562969)

In defense of fellow OPs, I suggest that posting any article doesn´t indicate agreement or disagreement with the content. Sometimes we post pieces that are intended to stimulate discussion, nothing more. And in this forum, surely there is room for differing opinions, don´t you agree?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: absalom, 10/13/2013 12:50:05 PM     (No. 9563447)

#29. Stormy, agreed.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

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