Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown, which many consider a debacle for the GOP? Why aren’t Tea Partiers blaming Cruz for their drop in the polls, as mainstream Republicans are busily doing for their own decline in popularity? A CNN-ORC International survey from shortly after the shutdown ended shows that 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, while “only 28 percent” see it in a favorable light — the Tea Party’s lowest favorability rating since its emergence in the wake of the 2008
The author fails to understand that the members of the Tea Party do not want to WIN, they want to save the country. This of course points up the biggest problem our country has, all too many people in the political process want to WIN, regardless of what that means for the future of the country. Those who consider themselves part of the Tea Party do not want to win for the sake of winning, their only interest in winning is to save the country from policies that they believe have it on the road to destruction. When your choice is between fighting a policy that you believe will destroy the country and losing and going along with a policy that will destroy the country in order to win, they prefer to lose. They would rather lose the fight to save the country than act as enablers to its destruction.
This horrible article is an exercise in sinful pride and blindly thinking inside the box. The author´s assumption that the TEA Party is wrong blinds him to the implications of the TEA Party being right. People do not put themselves on the line for a lie. OTOH, the author is ignoring Cruz´ prescience as Healthcare.gov hits the fan.
Pluperfect, the men at the Alamo knew they could not win. However, if they had not fought, the Texas rebellion against Santa Ana would have failed. Sam Houston needed time to gather and organize an army. The war to save the country can only be won by fighting (whether that is a rear guard action or not). If you do not fight, you cannot win. The Republican establishment has failed to show that they are willing to fight.
What this liberal media mouthpiece fails to grasp that the Tea Party is neither radical or irrational, but a populist movement of normal main Street Americans whose strength is our tenacious crusade to rid the country of the democrat socialists ruining our country from Washington DC. The Tea Party IS America.
...and the Japanese with the Germans thought the Allies especially the Americans were invading, crazed rapist only there to destroy Europe and Asia. Yeah right! I don´t care what the poll numbers are but the Tea Party is the only salvation along with Ted Cruz to stop this plundering by both parties left and right of this nation.
The Tea Party is to blame? Name them! Site the facts where the Tea party has taken drastic action against anyone. the Tea party is an idea, Americans citizens seeing our laws which were made by the people for the American citizens to provide equal opportunity ignore and broken by politcians.
The author fails to touch upon the biggest political master stroke. Cruz goaded and trapped 0bama/Jarrett into going ahead with 0bmacare before the ´14 elections. The smart thing would have been to give in on the postponement in return for extending the debt ceiling and calling off future shutdowns till Jan ´15. It was the easiest bargain McCain, Graham, McConnell, Boehner, Ryan could not and would not have resisted. Now, look what you´ve got!
When Mitt Romney lost in 2012, I had to admit to myself that I know longer knew my own country. The country I thought I knew, if it is still there, just saw that the Republicans tried, several times and most recently in early October, to spare the nation from the idiocy of Obamacare. If the democrat party somehow makes it work, then they will be alright. If, as many suspect, this is just the opening act in the destruction of the planet´s finest health care system, well, the D party owns this lock, stock, and barrel.
Unless I misunderstand the author, he has no clue about Ted Cruz or the Tea Party conservatives whose values (and courage) he represents. On his record he is brilliant, understands the Constitution, and has a way of integrating the wisdom learned from history with modern popular culture and humor. The liberals understand him in one way: His academic credentials can not be attacked, his debating skills are enormous, and he is bedrock Texan. He scares the h*ll out of them. They must destroy him or he will destroy any socialist person or idea that confronts him. I couldn´t care less about his future aspirations but he makes Obama look like a pathetic narcissist with no morals or care for the nation like his pathetic Utopian followers.
In other words, time to Palinize Cruz , according this writer´s ( and some posters) horse race mentality. There´s really no substitute for using big words and lots of them to prove to your readers that you slept through the elections in November of 2010. Are we to believe that there are now fewer Americans that are concerned about the direction of this country? Go on whistling past the graveyard while many Democrats either vote for a Ted Cruz or , at the very least, stay home in November of 2014.
FTA: After all, who can forget the last Republican presidential primary, when the Tea Party willfully exposed itself to ridicule by fervently embracing one presidential hopeful after another, engaging in an orgy of serial infatuations reminiscent of the romantic turmoil through which many teenage girls go before choosing the heart-throb of their dreams. One week the Tea Party acclaimed Michele Bachman, while the next Herman Cain was their man. Rick Perry had his day in the sun, as did Rick Santorum.
That can´t happen again. We should make every effort to coalesce into one unit. Any faction demanding total and complete purity only divides us and we will be, again, conquered. If Cruz can pull that off, the unity, good for him. He seems to realize that, too, by vowing not to campaign against colleagues in primaries.
Let´s try this one on: 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Cruz/Paul/Rubio/unknown - campaign slogan: "If you like the Constitution, you can keep it. If you don´t like it, then you can go about changing it the old- fashioned way - the Constitutional way."
Folks, Texas gave our Nation a blueprint on how to win. Ted Cruz was a 2% favorite to win the Texas senate seat when he announced. He managed to get enough votes for a run-off with the establishment´s candidate, and beat that anointed one (Dewhurst) in the run-off.
Ted Cruz is our shining example to our Nation on "how to win". This is why the libtards and the establishment republicans ridicule and denigrate him on a daily basis. Senator Cruz can upset their privileged apple-cart, and they are in a major panic over that observation.
Why does the Tea Party love the man who led them to abject defeat?
Huh? It s was McCain, Graham, and McConnell who led the defeat. Boehner and a few other weak-kneed "republicans" in the house, like Peter King did their best to defeat the GOP and help Obama. The RINOs in the GOP fear the threat of losing their own influence to an upstart like Cruz more than they fear the destruction of the country from the likes of Obama. Cruz is about defeating Obama and the progressives, not about Cruz himself.
as for me and my house, or yors, there´s a choice to be made. Either be numbered among a) Vidkun Quisling and Neville Chamberlain, and the "wiser heads" in the Republican Party, the tax collectors for the welfare state, or, b) those who, like the brave at Thermoplylae, or the Alamo, or at Lexington and Concord, drew a line and said "no further". No matter what. which group would you be numbered among?
The Tea party exists because the people think we are taxed enough already and want representatives that will stop spending not authorized by the People and the constitution. Ted is listening to and fighting for us.
I voted for Ted Cruz and will do so again as long as he keeps this up.
This treatise is nothing more than propaganda to smear the Tea Party and Cruz. They are scared and know if they don´t get out there to distract the public from the very public fiasco of 0bamacare, they will LOSE.
In fact, what this author claims, wrongly, about the defenders at the Alamo, is actually what 0bama and the left are doing with 0bamacare.
They´re LOSING! They´re on the ropes and they know it. But if they distract enough, maybe they can regain their footing.
This is a disgustingly partisan article, by someone who more than likely has a chosen candidate already for 2016. Republicans are no more saintly when they set out to destroy a good person than the Democrats are when they do the same. Clearing the field for your friends is a non partisan activity and disgusts me.
A truly terrible article fattened on democrat talking points. The writer hasn´t the first clue about the TEA party "yokels" nor their philosophy of country and constitution first. Senator Ted deserves nothing but our huge respect for doing just this, putting country[Americans] and Constitution above petty party politics.
I hope this bozo never decides to ´praise´ me. I have never seen more negative terms in an article than I have in this one.
Lee Harris has given us a new cliche: "Damned by vicious praise."
And it starts with the lie in his first sentence: "Why does the Tea Party love Ted Cruz despite his decisive role in the recent partial government shutdown...?" [When our government has professionally printed "Closed" signs by the thousands and brand new barriers ready to be put up on day 1 of the shutdown, who do we think engineered and forced the shutdown?]
Your establishment Republican leanings are disgustingly obvious, Mr. Harris.
I´ll meet you halfway, #22 I´ll take Cruz/Unknown for 2016.
As to the article, it´s obvious that most comments here ferreted out this loser´s game. I doubt very much he would have liked those who fought the War for Independence, but I would not call him a Tory. He´s the kind of guy both sides would have shot for being a jerk.
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