In a bookend of sorts to his 21-hour “filibuster” against the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for just under 10 minutes Wednesday evening in opposition to an imminent Senate vote that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to avoid default. Cruz denounced the Senate deal as “terrible,” saying it will do nothing to help the “millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare.” Speaking for the “American people,” Cruz said the Senate deal “embodies everything that frustrates” them about the “Washington establishment.” The majority of the speech centered around Cruz’s opposition to the health
When the stuff hits the fan, will history remember that Cruz and Lee and a few others tried to keep it from happening? Something tells me the elites will also rewrite history so that Cruz gets the blame for the collapse of the economy when that day inevitably comes. I am now hoping its sooner rather than later -- we need a reboot.
I thank Senators Cruz and Lee for telling the truth and standing for the People. I am deeply appreciative of their efforts. There are very few I trust anymore. Please keep up the good fight, we are with you.
I am proud of Ted Cruz , Mike Lee and others for taking a stand, it´s about time we had some Senators who had the courage to stand against the establishment Republicans and stand up for the people!!! Nothing has been solved!!
I am so proud of the principled stand of the patriotic Senators and Congressmen.
I can only speak for myself, but this was a watershed event for me - I get it. Ted Cruz pulled back the veil on the RINOs. I would rather see a democrat on FOX than a RINO (That includes Britt Hume and Charles Krauthammer).
Thank you Senators Cruz and Lee for taking a stand against those that want to ruin our next generations futures. I will NEVER donate another dime to the Republican Party, because there is no Republican Party anymore. The Republican Party ceased to exist today. I will donate my money to real conservative candidates that will be running against the likes of RINOS like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The politicians in Washington have absolutely no idea how angry Americans are!
In any deal with the devil, YOU are always the junior partner.
Heard McCain whining today -- "There was no way we could win! We can´t do anything ´til we have a Republican President! Wah! Wah!" Mutt.
RINO,Summer Soldier, whatever.
#7. Sure hope not. Whatever may come, I am not going away. Born in the same town as the Greatest Nation earth has ever seen; many trips to Valley Forge; witnessed Washington´s Crossing re-enacted, and heard "General Washington" speak to his tiny band; lived long in Virginia --
Hey, let´s make calls, send cards, emails to the decent patriotic Congressmen who stood with Cruz and Lee. We conservatives won´t forget. VERY disappointed with Blount, Flake and Thune. Typical for Hatch and McCain.
I believe we all saw what the Republican Party stands for after this last debacle. It has lost its moral compass. It no longer can or wants to see what it is doing to the American people. Real suffering by tax paying Americans is happening and they turn their backs. They surrender without a strategy to win or a will to fight. It is time the people look elsewhere for representation. Stop supporting the party and support individuals. Let the high rollers support the establishment by themselves. We the people need to be smart and put our money where it will do some good into the Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-like politicians. Squishy Republicans will not defeat the Obamabots. Victory will come with conservative leaders. It is the ONLY way out of this mess. God bless Ted Cruz. I was amazed at his courage in the face of overwhelming condemnation by his own party. Well done, sir. You made conservative Americans proud.
Ted Cruz and the conservative wing of the wing of the Republican Paty have firmly established their opposition to Obamacare. By November 2014, the country will be reeling from that law´s punitive effects. Hopefully, that will result in the defanging of the Democratic party and the media.
For years I dithered with withdrawing my registration for voting republican. After last year´s debacle, and hearing the reaction from the "formal" republican party, i.e., they would copy the dems, I re-registered as an independent voter. And really thought th that with the re-election of obama, this country, its people, were finished as a republic and as the promise of the world. Yesterday still hurt. And really, what excuse for existing does the republican party have?
Republicans have stood against ObamaCare from its inception, #19. Ted Cruz didn´t invent the opposition. The plan received no Senate Republican vote and passed with only Dems from the beginning. Now, we see it collapsing and, earlier posters are correct, it is to be hoped that by 2014, the nation understands the debacle. We may still be able to pull some victories out in that crucial election year.
Ted Cruz led a valiant charge. However, he never had a Plan B. That is, he knew upfront that the odds of success were low for getting Obamacare defunded by Sep 30. And when his gambit didn´t work...he just kept arguing for the same thing that he had just lost on. Sort of like a football player who fumbles the ball keep arguing about the ref´s call. You have to go on and play the rest of the game. Learn from experience and go for the next play.
A smarter strategy...and no, this isn´t hindight, as I said it upfront...would have been to sit back quietly once he lost. No government shutdown. Let the focus be on the implementation. Anyone with knowledge of IT knew it was going to be a fiasco. And if a reporter asked, shrug your shoulders and say, "I tried to warn you...." Instead, the shutdown got the attention and the Reps got the blame for a clear Obama error.
Cruz fought the good fight, there is no dishonor to him in losing. We the people will remember him. The ones that rolled over on their backs like whipped dogs and said "we can´t win" are the ones that have no honor and are not leaders. They are just Obama bootlickers and in effect said to hell with the American people.
Time for Cruz and Lee, with the help of Palin, Hannity, Levin, Limbaugh, and others in and out of office, to lead a mass exodus to form a new coalition party that would bring together splintered elements of the conservative movement. There is a political vacuum to be filled.
Ted Cruz may not have "invented" the opposition to Obamacare, but he wes the one to give it a strong voice in a nation where strong voices are seldom heard on our side. We have become for the most part a party resigned to passivity, to compromise, and ultimately to failure. I don´t believe failure is part of Cruz´s lexicon. And he certainly isn´t passive.
As for compromise, there are a number of definitions. Compromise toward reaching a desired goal is one thing; to be compromised another. Our establishment Republicans are showing signs of being seriously compromised.
I want to see the conservative Republicans throw out McCain and McConnell - don´t ever send any money to the RNC - put money and resources together to defeat Rinos in primaries - and throw out people like Preibus who do nothing that I can see - go into the HQ and shine the light of day on the whole operation.
Some here are very big on letting things take their course. Let Obama get elected and say "I told you so" (how did that work out?). And now Cruz is supposed to sit back quietly, not argue with the referee (and who exactly is that?) and then say "I told you so".
No, he must keep speaking and fighting. Our country is not a football game and there is much more at stake here than in any game every played. So please, Senator Cruz, never stop speaking out for us. Never lose your passion and your courage. And let the naysayers live in their dark, dreary, gutless places.
Some ´last stand´: a press availability! When Cruz said yesterday that his delaying last night´s Senate vote would be futile, he provided a rather unconvincing story to hide his true strategery. That is, Cruz DID NOT want to take a chance on his being WRONG about the the economic impact of breaching the debt ceiling. If he delayed the Senate vote, say until tomorrow, and the markets responded by tanking 1000 points (after rising 200 yesterday) Teddy boy would look like an idiot and be finished in GOP politics forever. A smart move not to delay the vote, perhaps, but hardly a profile in courage.
What was the point of this whole stunt ? What good did it do ? Cruz and Lee and their followers act like they´re the only Republicans to ever fight against Obamacare , when the Republicans..oh excuse me, the non patriots and traitors as the Cruz people call them , have been fighting Obamacare since 2009. Give me a break. Cruz didn´t actually fight , because he never developed a strategy or a plan involving Democrats. He didn´t do any heavy lifting , just smash talking his fellow Republicans when they mentioned the inescapable fact that Democrats heavily control the Senate. Why even Michael Needham of the Heritage Action-the group pushing this catastrophe with Cruz actually told Bill Hemmer on FOX yesterday : “Everybody understands that we’re not going to be able to repeal this law until 2017,” Needham said. “We have to win the Senate and win the White House.” Everybody understands ?? Not Cruz and Lee, apparently. Gee, I guess the Heritage Foundation is a bunch of RINO traitors , now. A PPP poll yesterday showed Republicans now behind in 5 Senate races we are needed to retake the Senate. Cruz´s debacle may wind up killing any realistic chance of repealing Obamacare , when the odds were so much better before the pointless shutdown.
I´m sick and tired and ticked off at all the Cruz hate spewing from every corner of the liberal-RINO universe. When this house of cards crashes, like or not, Cruz and those with him will be thoroughly, solidly vindicated. For all the talks and House votes and resolutions and campaign promises, the hard fact is that nobody stood out to take the shots in defense of the people like Cruz. Not a one. Deal with it.
To travel down a long and tough road, you have to take the first step.
Getting rid of ObamaCare at this late date is definitely a long, tough road.
Ted Cruz took the first step. Some may think (and say) that it was a cynical move in self-promotion. I say "so what"; it was also symbolic, quixotic, memorable, reassuring (in that it was made at all), unifying and, all-in-all quite good.
From what I´ve seen to date, I think Cruz would make a good President.
"What was the point?" The point was image-raising for Senator Cruz and a lot of donations rolling into his Pac and to the Heritage Foundation, whose Jim DeMint engineered the entire debacle. Both of those efforts were entirely successful. Senator Cruz has earned even more name recognition, but I want Jim DeMint to tend to his own knitting and stay out of manipulating the government. He should have remained in the Senate if he wanted to be a part of things.
But as I read ldotter comments I realized that this feeling was a blessing in disguise. These last few weeks gave me hope that there are some honorable men that will stand up for us. It stirred a fire in my belly that has been dormant for way too long.
Senator Cruz did not lose. Losing is what has been happening for 5 years. Did he retreat? Perhaps. But I have confidence that he will not passively sit back and watch our country spiral down. I look forward to when he re-engages the fight.
And if he "loses" again I will feel more pride in his losses than in any of Mccain or Mcconnel´s wins.
It´s very sad that people do not understand that Senator Cruz does not do what he does for "name recognition," nor does Governor Palin.
They do what they do because they realize the Constitution and America are at war against a Marxist regime and planned tyranny to destroy the American way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... And have pledged their lives, their fortunes, and sacred honor to speak for the majority of Americans who elected them...
The main thing that Cruz and Lee did was to pull the curtain back and reveal the squishy moderates in all their wimpy embarrassment, both in Congress, and here sadly, on Lucianne.
I truly can´t understand when people are just content to sit in their little corners and let the rot continue. They never have any decent options other than ´Cruz shouldn´t have done that´ to offer us. Well phooey to that.
Mark my words. Cruz and the Tea Party have burnished their bona fides with a young and restless population. Many are missing this.
There is anger in the extreme as young people are being slapped up beside the head. They have taken American freedom for granted and now they are witnessing an increasing police state. They are being told to do something they do not want to do and they don´t like it. They will rebel.
If the hapless Republicans don´t tap into this energy they are bigger fools than I think.
Thank you, #11, no wonder Cap loved you. I consider myself veritas squared! For those who never understood, Cruz spelled it out. For those trolls and sadly, some long time posters in a don´t rock the RINO boat, remember the warning you missed.
That´s right,#45. Only TRUE BELIEVERS allowed on this site. Let´s keep our eyes out for folks like #34 and Krauthammer, who lack our perfect lock-step insight. The latter even had the temerity to question the nomination of Sharron Angle, that wonderful candidate who gave us a born-again Harry Reid. How´s that working out for us?
I´m curious. All the bashing of the Republicans - what were they supposed to do? Seriously, the Senate has a Democrat majority so did you think the Republicans would be able to win this? How? I really would like to know because I must be missing something.
I have great respect for fellow Lucianners - yet I hear no mention of the Constitution party, but libertarian, which also sports a tarnished image. The constitution party is relatively new and malleable and very conservative, thoughts?
The attacks from Republicans? conservatives? Liberals? I don´t know what they are, they are anonymous is all we know, are very personal and meant to destroy the character of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin. It seems that any conservative that has charisma and excellent credentials especially incites their attacks. I wonder why?
Then, after a particularly nasty attack, they will pretend to be the voice of reason, bizzarro personality change imo.
Have you noticed they always insinuate greedy or unethical motives of our party´s conservatives? Taking a page from the liberals.
Wise words of #43:
"The moment a really strong, courageous, passionate, articulate Conservative emerges, he or she is shot down. By establishment Republicans. Even here, at what is purported to be a Conservative bastion.
Cruz, Limbaugh and Hannity turned a winning hand into the blunder of the century. Obama was on the defensive over the roll out of Obamacare and these clowns gave him an out. No thinking conservative should listen to any of those 3 fools. McCain was right on this one.
Thank you Senator Cruz for being a BOLD leader standing on principle instead of politics! We in the 1st Congressional District of Alabama have our own "Ted Cruz" whom we are trying to elect to Congress on Nov. 5th. We have a classic race b/n our "Tea Party Champion" and an "establishment elite." It would be a signal to the rest of the country that the Tea Party is stronger than ever if we can pull it off!
I want to thank #33, #34, #37 for irritating me so much that I have committed to supporting Ted Cruz and Mike Lee with large donations to their campaigns in the future. The best way to respond to such idiocy is not to get angry, get even.
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