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the voters to coalesce and organize and keeping the focus on the horror this POS "law" is, will eventually get it repealed.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.
Did we need 6,600 words about the utterly irrelevant John McCain? Somebody thought we did. In the last couple of years, every time something John McCain says makes "news," my immediate reaction—sometimes on Twitter, sometimes just in my head—is, "Remind me again why anybody should give a crap what John McCain thinks about anything?" I´ve never been able to get a satisfactory answer to this question. And here comes star reporter Mark Leibovich, author of the well-received This Town, with a 6,634-word cover profile of McCain for next week´s New York Times Magazine. Do we need another one of these?
Small details tell big stories in the political world and Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York has a master´s eye for detecting them. Take his column today on how Jeh Johnson, President Obama´s new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, thumbed his nose at Senate Republicans. In Harry Reid´s nuked Senate, only 51 votes are required to confirm — or deny — presidential nominees for cabinet posts. That fact changes everything about the Senate. No more compromises For example, as York notes, "If Johnson could be confident that he had at least 51 of the Senate´s 55 Democratic votes
Let’s start with the crossbow, because the crossbow is huge. I’m sitting in the passenger seat of a camo-painted ATV, rumbling through the northern Louisiana backwoods with Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander company, patriarch at the heart of A&E’s smash reality hit Duck Dynasty, and my tour guide for the afternoon. There are seat belts in this ATV, but it doesn’t look like they’ve ever been used. Phil is not wearing one. I am not wearing one, because I don’t want Phil to think I’m a pussy. (Too late!) The crossbow—a Barnett model equipped with a steel-tipped four-blade
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I was invited to speak at a law school symposium in November at the University of Connecticut. I was there to speak about the connection between mental illness and mass murder. (If curious, my presentation starts at about 2:20:00 in this video stream.) It was an interesting experience, and a reminder of how much trouble the gun control movement is in, and of how dishonest their arguments really are. Richard Aborn, formerly chairman of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), spoke at the symposium. Aborn claimed that he supported reasonable gun control laws. Aborn even argued that the U.S. Supreme
Under ObamaCare, smoking, obesity and other health conditions sometimes penalized by wellness programs can force even those with employer-provided insurance to pay more, an officer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said Tuesday. "I run five miles a day, I don´t drink, I don´t smoke. And by the Kaiser wellness program that a number of employees we represent are covered by, I´m two pounds from being overweight," said John Borsos. Kaiser said in a statement late Tuesday that its program is voluntary and does not penalize those who don´t meet the program´s goals, although that is not true for other programs. Borsos
Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel are among the music artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Also on the list, which was released today, are pop singer Linda Ronstadt, blue-eyed soul duo Hall and Oates and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The latter three might come as a surprise to some hard rock fans, but the Rock Hall, which has drawn controversy since it began inducting performers in 1986, includes not just the legends of rock, but soul and R&B artists, like Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight & the Pips, rap artists like Public Enemy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan´s Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher. The store´s Christian missionary owners offer their well-heeled customers a heart-warming story: Part of the proceeds pay for the group´s orphanage in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. What they don´t say is that even though they claim in IRS filings to be spending around $2.5 million annually, the home for boys and girls was
The White House said Monday that President Obama has yet to sign up for health insurance through a federal website created by his signature health care law. “The president will purchase insurance on the exchanges,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. “When we have an update on that, we’ll provide it to you.” Carney, who has been asked about the president´s plans at least once since enrollment in ObamaCare started Oct. 1, pointed out the deadline is not until March 31. Obama is not required to enroll through an online exchange like members of Congress and staffers who want to keep
A skirmish on MSNBC underscores the new normal in Democratic thinking: If you disagree with Obama, you must be racist. A Tea Party member? Racist! How it’s damaging our cultural fabric. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. On Sunday I appeared as a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss the state of politics in America today. One of my fellow panelists, Angela Nye, observed: “I was just thinking, to me, in 2010, the Republican infighting took a particularly dangerous tone because it wasn’t just about infighting anymore. It was about taking our country back with
In June, 16-year old Ethan Couch, driving his father’s F-350 pickup truck while drunk on beer that he and friends had stolen from Walmart, plowed into four people on the side of the road in Burleson, Texas, killing them and grievously injuring two of his own teenage passengers.(Snip) If Barack is Ethan (and both have the additional similarities of having been given, or at least loaned, a mansion and hoping that “beer summit” ethanol will make people like them better), who are his irresponsible, enabling political parents? Sadly, in the Big Love that is the world of celebrity, he has
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
O ne year removed from re-election, President Obama´s approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency. Furthermore, Obama´s popularity among the Democratic Party base — whose rejuvenated support proved crucial last November — took a huge hit this past year. Only 54 percent of self-described liberals "very strongly" approve of Obama´s job performance, according to a Pew survey released this week. That´s down from an all-time high of nearly 90 percent, and a significant decline from the 73 percent who strongly approved of the president back in June. Why the steep drop? Well, the first year of Obama´s second term
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Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be