Ted Cruz’s “aw shucks” act is wearing thin. The Republican senator from Texas likes to pretend he is above the fray of Washington bickering, focused on large issues and too big to engage character assassination. But the reality is that Cruz is the Republican king of nasty attacks. He explodes rhetorical nuclear bombs on his opponents, only to feign outrage when his victims respond in kind, or in many cases, with relative spitballs. Take his defund Obamacare effort. The tactic to eliminate President Obama’s health care law had zero prospect of success, which Cruz undoubtedly knew despite what he sold the conservative
Jamie the coconut doesnt understand it is a process---Cruz focused naitonal attention on the disastrous obamacare --you fight whether you have the votes or no because that enables the voters to coalesce and organize and keeping the focus on the horror this POS "law" is, will eventually get it repealed. Prohibition didnt stand and neither did slavery-
Cruz is out for Cruz...and he´s sucked all the flame throwers on this site into thinking he´s the messiah...more like the Pied Piper...if this shutdown garbage wasn´t dominating the news, the conservatives would be totally destroying Obama and Obamacare and all the Dems that voted for it...now could lose the sequester!
When Ted Cruz started, how many thought he would bring so much attention to this unworkable health insurance problem? The democrats don´t like this because they all get in line and repeat what they are told to say. Whether Ted Cruz wins or loses this fight, at least he tried and stood up for what he believes is the right thing to do. Weinstein doesn´t know what else to write about because he´s lazy and he doesn´t know he really isn´t as smart as he thinks he is.
The Neville Chamberlain RepublicRats are out in force. Nothing in the article worth sacrificing brain cells for that the CDS individuals have not stated before. Yet more Venomous Vitriol put on display by Tokyo Rove´s Gangrene Girls.....
Is it better to "stand up to Obama!" and get a lot of attention but ultimately lose, politically, in terms of ObamaCare going into full effect and in terms of Republicans´ popularity in general? I really don´t like our weakened position coming out of this whole thing. I wish Cruz had focused it all on the "ObamaCare" website - using that as the deal maker: if it isn´t working, shut it all down. That was the leverage. We really missed that opportunity here. Most Americans do not want the government shut down, all this wasted money and workers made idle. They just don´t. It is very unpopular - one poll can be wrong but ten are not wrong. Sorry but I am not on the Cruz train.
Those not on the Cruz train are also not fond of Palin, Lee, Bachmann etc. You would much rather keep the status quo and go along to get along. Anyone willing to take a stand against DC is A-OK in my book. All aboard......
Still, Cruz pushes on, acting like he is the victim of scurrilous attacks and suggesting he is too noble to respond in kind.
Hmmm... sort of like Sarah Palin. 90% of spending on Obamacare is mandatory. The government is shutdown now. Is Obamacare? No. So what would defunding accomplish. Boehner had the right strategy. Push for entitlement reform and delay Obamacare using the debt limit. We had a clean CR with the sequester cuts in place. Elections change policy not tantrums.
Weinstein´s piece is a bit too harsh, but my question is what was accomplished with the defund tactic? We lost all that time that could have been used hammering on the October 1 startup and how deficient it was, plus there were the flying accusations from the defunders against other GOPers who didn´t think this was going anywhere, and that really damaged us in the polls. So, there was a lot of name-calling, a lot of finger-pointing, but all within our own ranks. In the end, Lee and Cruz admitted they knew the effort was futile. So what did we gain?
Sorry folks - there was no other plan that somehow Lee´s and Cruz´s plan stopped from happening or interfered with.
Not any plan was made that could have succeeded in forcing Reid/Obama to give any ground at all.
It wouldn´t have mattered, none could have forced any outcome that the Durbin-Schumer type zombie Left was determined to stop, and everyone who is against THEM is to be non-stop demonized. Doesn´t matter the alleged "plan", the names Boehner, McConnell, or Lee, Cruz.
But this way the people are fired up and involved.
The people themselves are fighting this totalitarianism.
When I’m forming an opinion about someone or something, I don’t consider how my opinion will play out politically. I’m stuck with me. I have to live with myself. I think Bill Shakespeare said it best. “To thine own self be true!” Works for me!
The article details Cruz´s convenient memory lapses or outright lies when confronted with his past statements against fellow Republicans. Republicans who were minding their own business and were subjected to Cruz´s spontaneous vitriol and slander in their home districts. Which is still inexplicable. There´s something off about the guy , he´s obviously dishonest and tries to pretend otherwise. Kinda like Obama.
At the end of the first vote for Obamacare, the Republicans could (and still do) say that not one of them voted for it. The Democrats owned it.
If no one had fought against it right up to implementation, that would have been tacit agreement with the law.
The people are energized. The media is working overtime to destroy Cruz which shows you how freaked they are not only that the plan is already a disaster but that someone has been vocal against it.
If it should come to pass that right-leaning voters say "who fought for me?" then you know the folders will come out of the woodwork trying to claim that they did. Just like Graham, et. al., try to say that they voted against it when they actually voted for cloture which gave all the power back to Harry Reid. They will be exposed.
If the GOP is losing this fight than they were already losing and sucking up to the Dem media won´t do a darn thing. Best to go down fighting rather than capitulating right up until the moment they cut off your head.
Whatever you think of Ted Cruz, and I have no personal knowledge of the man nor of his motives, some of you seem to think that we conservatives have gotten even one thing that we´ve wanted since 1995, but we haven´t. We have been consistently having our heads handed to us. It´s hard for me to believe that Ted Cruz´s speech was the difference between winning or losing this battle.
#35, Ted Cruz´s wife, Heidi Cruz, is an executive at Goldman-Sachs and, as he stated in his speech/filibuster to Senator Durbin, he does not participate in the coverage available from the government. Cruz´s wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, is a regional head of a Goldman Sachs division. This is from the NYTimes:
Goldman’s 400 or so managing directors and its top executive officers participate in the bank’s executive medical and dental program as part of their benefits, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The program generally costs the bank $40,543 in premiums annually for each participant’s family.
Awe...Jamie Sugar... bless your little dark socialist heart. Your zero hero Barrycare money laundering operation deserves to be shut down. Take off your rose colored utopia/socialist glasses precious. Put on a man´s suit quit wearing the one provided by this administration latest in Alenski fashionwear, the mandarin collar isn´t very becoming, not to mention the shackle bracelet´s that it comes with.
Thanx, OP, for bringing us this anti-Cruz diatribe from this ally of Maureen Dowd. Some L-Dotters even liked it; others (daresay I, a majority) did not. IMHO, anyone who dislikes Geert Wilders and what he boldly stands for (thanx #16) is on the wrong side of reality.
Little Jamie Weinstein can’t even be troubled to proofread his own work, informing us that. “On Saturday, he [Cruz] won the Voters Values Summit straw poll by a very wide margin.” [Jamie, it was the Value Voters Summit, and Senator Cruz took 42% of the vote, with the second & third place finishers tied at 13%. But don’t feel too bad, another person like you, Paul Mirengoff, over at Power Line, puts “Value Voters” in quotes.]
What did Senator Cruz accomplish with his fabulous filibuster? He showed America, via the indispensable CSPAN, just how bad Obamacare is. He showed America that there is least one articulate, principled politician in Washington who is serving with “a servant’s heart.” And, when he was about to be cut off, he showed that the odious Harry Reid wanted to bring out pathetic John McCain to debate Cruz (how about that bipartisanship, eh).
A few of us here may not vote for Ted Cruz in 2016, but that’s OK; you don’t need 100% to win the presidency.
Another article posted by a member of our cabal, with the rest of the chorus chiming in. If they worked as diligently against the left as they do against those targeted by the left and the Kneepad Media, their common enemy I suspect, maybe something could be get done to dethrone the boy king. They seem to share the mindset that we should all "lay back and enjoy it", instead of fighting with every fiber of our being.
As I´ve stated in the past, the patrons of this salon fall into two categories, Republicans who are actively engaged in keeping the status-quo and doctrinal conservatives. I´ll take a wild guess that the first group are dominated by those who are in the top five percent of wage-earners who thrive regardless of the party in power, albeit paying a larger tax burden under Democrats. The rest of us support those that give voice to the concerns of the rest of us who weren´t to the manor born. There are more of us than there are of them, and they´re dismayed that they no longer call the shots.
The big talk is just how many seats will the GOP pick up in the Senate next year, and we’ve spent a lot of time right here talking about just that. But how about the House? We do still have a bicameral legislature, even if it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell them apart. The House is in the strange place where although it’s almost universally reviled, not much is going to change. Yes, gerrymandering is a part of that, but it isn’t the whole story. People are fed up with Congress generally, but with ObamaCare specifically and increasingly. To punish the
The president calls income inequality the ‘defining issue of our time.’ So it seems fair to grade him on his success at addressing it. By any measure, he has failed spectacularly. Maybe it’s the Christmas season. But when December rolls around, President Obama’s thoughts seem to turn to income inequality. On December 6, 2011, he gave what the White House billed as a “defining” speech on the subject in Osawatomie, Kansas, site of a historic address by Teddy Roosevelt on “New Nationalism.” In the 2011 speech, Obama began by painting a portrait of the 1950s and 1960s as an ideal period in American
Detroit is declaring bankruptcy while its city council considers contributing public money to build a new Hockey Stadium for the billionaire owner of the Red Wings. While Judge Steven Rhodes was trying to figure out if the city of Detroit could declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Detroit City Council was also doing some thinking. Should the council kick in about $45 million of city funding towards the $650 million entertainment complex that would include a residential section and a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League franchise? The city council decided not to rule it out and has a
Calling himself a “scapegoat” for a political hiring system that continues to this day, Chicago’s convicted former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez filed nominating petitions Monday for a seat on the Cook County Board. The longtime head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) Southeast, Sanchez is just five months removed from the federal prison camp in Marion, Ill., where he lost 50 pounds. He spent 2.5 years there for rigging city hiring and promotions to benefit soldiers in HDO, a now-defunct army of political workers that helped to elect and re-elect former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Monday was the filing deadline for
Probably the most jarring election story of 2013 was the successful recall of two Democratic state senators in Colorado. Both represented districts that had voted for President Obama by wide margins: In the recall, Angela Morse ran 15 points behind the president, while John Morse (pictured) ran 12 points behind him. These were extreme cases: low-turnout recall elections where the pro-recall forces were unusually energized by the gun issue. But they highlight what is probably the most troubling indicator for Democrats right now as we inch toward the midterm-election season: The drop-off in Democratic performance in elections this year -- Democrats
Earlier this year, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel took over the top jobs at the Department of State and the Department of Defense, respectively. Since then, Kerry has been hyper-active. But whatever happened to Hagel? He has impinged on our consciousness only once, as Kerry’s sidekick during congressional hearings on authorizing an attack on Syria. The impingement was slight. Kerry and Gen. Dempsey did almost all of the talking. Hagel was content with silence except for an occasional misstatement of fact (the Pentagon had to walk back his claim that Russia supplies Syria with chemical weapons). Presumably, Hagel was under orders to
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook. “We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said at the National Press Club. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” After Liz Cheney, a candidate for Senate in Wyoming, made comments on Fox News Sunday indicating that she supports a “traditional” definition of marriage, her
DETROIT -- A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years. Judge Steven Rhodes said the city is eligible to stay in bankruptcy court and scrub $18 billion in debt, about half of that amount linked to underfunded pensions and health care obligations. But he also warned officials that they´ll need to justify any deep
CAIRO — The century-old home of Egypt´s mummies and King Tutankhamun´s treasures is trying to make the best out of the worst times of political turmoil. But the Egyptian Museum is taking a hammering on multiple levels, from riots on its doorstep to funding so meager it can´t keep up paper clip supplies for its staff. The museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue.
This pony is raring to go. Two days before its official unveiling, blurry images of the 2015 Ford Mustang have been leaked on an enthusiast website. A member of the SVTPerformance.com forums has posted several photos of an early copy of the December 9th issue of Autoweek magazine featuring the car in a cover story. You can click here for a link to the website. If authentic, the car in the photos looks very much like many of the speculative renderings that have been circulating in recent weeks, and sports a modern take on the signature Mustang fastback design.
Frank DiPascali, a 33-year employee of the firm that ran the largest Ponzi scheme in recent history, took to the stand to testify against his former colleagues. Frank DiPascali, the Bernie Madoff henchman who won the role as the star witness in the biggest fraud case in American history, torched five of his former colleagues with his testimony Monday in federal court. Perhaps more important, DiPascali is the first witness to demolish the myth that Bernard Madoff ever had a legitimate investment advisory business. The star witness also pulverized Madoff’s assertion that he had acted alone in constructing the biggest
Chris Davis´ miraculous game-winning 100-yard field goal return for a touchdown will go down as the greatest finish in Iron Bowl history. It´s the type of finish that a fan wants to remember forever, if it means taking a commemorative photo, storming the field, or even scattering the ashes of a loved one following the game. In Alabama, college football is life and death, and following the Tigers´ incredible 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, one fan scattered the cremated remains of a loved one on the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
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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
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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
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