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Cruz Control? Part II
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:Periwinkel, 2/20/2014 8:46:54 AM

Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles -- and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues.(sn)However unjustified Senator Cruz´s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters, with so much enthusiasm, ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters. One of their most maddening qualities has for decades been their can´t-be-bothered attitude

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/20/2014 8:52:52 AM     (No. 9739544)

There is a huge difference between a political conservative and a convictional conservative. Ted Cruz doesn´t need notes. He´s pretty much on autopilot when he articulates his actions and beliefs.

A convictional conservative can go to the microphone and "wax an elephant". You don´t need an Ivy League education to speak to the American people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/20/2014 8:55:03 AM     (No. 9739545)

AMEN! (and now Ann Coulter has taken up the watch out for Cruz crusade.) Sowell is one of my heroes and I have to admit I couldn´t understand that filibuster , when anything Cruz accomplished would be vetoed by Obama. It also seems to me that the point is getting Republicans ELECTED to the Senate in 2014, not cutting off our noses to spite our faces---we can´t change anything on "principle" alone,. (And I LIKE Jeff Sessions and think he is one of the few with integrity in office!)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/20/2014 8:56:14 AM     (No. 9739547)

And by the way, poster #1, Cruz HAS an Ivy League education! He USED to speak for me, but no more.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/20/2014 8:58:49 AM     (No. 9739551)

"convictional". Learn that word.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/20/2014 9:03:14 AM     (No. 9739559)

The ´fix´ may be in.

The whole business may be rigged.

There may be no room for men of principle.

But I´m going down swinging with the likes of Cruz and Gowdy and Gohmert.

What good is a ´win´ if you just end up with another mush mouthed moderate ?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/20/2014 9:25:39 AM     (No. 9739586)

Homer nods again.

Sowell is a good conservative. So is Cruz. Cruz is doing exactly what he was elected to do. Boehner and McConnell are not. They fail to represent conservative ideas effectively, and this forfeits the support of conservatives for their re-election campaigns. It´s precisely the kind of free market transaction Sowell would normally support: McConnell is providing a defective service, and his customers are going elsewhere. Let the marketplace decide whether Mitch McConnell deserves to have 30+ years in Congress.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: trapper, 2/20/2014 9:28:30 AM     (No. 9739590)

Cruz took some nasty heat from his own Republican Senate colleagues last fall. But we seem to forget that it was Cruz´s filibuster that drove Obamacare back onto the front pages and helped give Republicans the 2014 campaign issue they now want to protect. He got the Republican message into tens of millions of homes via Cspan. And what did McCain et al do in return? They called him names and ridiculed him.

So this was payback time. Sometimes politics is just politics.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: drcopela, 2/20/2014 9:33:35 AM     (No. 9739595)

I agree with number #5 and that is why a lot of conservatives just stayed home and didn´t vote for Romney. It is hard not to just give up. It is like Christians who love Texas and America can not win with voter fraud, the rhinos and the media teaching the low information voters. It was really depressing when Obama won again, when West´ district was changed Fla. Republicans and lost with 140% of voters voting, Al Franken won the way democrats win close elections, etc. etc.

Sowell and many others have blinders on about this.

If conservatives can win in the primaries, then we can have a repeat of Cruz and amnesty and bad for Texas Dewhurst.

Rowe and others fought against a Tea Party winner just to prove that it hurt the Republicans. Huckabee got one to say in the race that should have gotten out. Reid was way behind in polls to the day before and nothing had changed to change the polls and then his son was head of unions doing voting machines and the electricity went out for 30 minutes during voting.

After Cruz spoke, 2 million signed up on his web site. He made people aware of Obamacare.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: richwill, 2/20/2014 9:34:57 AM     (No. 9739598)

I have read many of Thomas Sowell´s books and read most of his articles, but I disagree with his conceptions of what Ted Cruz is doing. As for the, go along, to get along, lets forget about trying to get along with liberals.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/20/2014 9:40:25 AM     (No. 9739606)

I spent 3 hours yesterday listening to candidate forums of the Republican candidates running in the March 4 primary. I then spent at least that much researching the most competitive primaries. When you consider the political landscape in early 2009, you have to be proud the GOP didn´t totally collapse. But they seem to have fallen into a go along to get along strategy. To use a sports analogy, we want defenders like Bobby Orr. If the other side overreaches or otherwise bungles the attack, we want our guys to skate up the ice and score. When Harry Reid couldn´t get 60 votes because this was after all a blank check to the President, one side of the other had to make a concession. Our GOP gave up first.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: horacer, 2/20/2014 9:42:49 AM     (No. 9739609)

If there´s one thing most of us agree on it´s this from the article regarding GOP leadership -

One of their most maddening qualities has for decades been their can´t-be-bothered attitude when it comes to explaining their positions to the American people in language people can understand.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rakasha, 2/20/2014 9:52:31 AM     (No. 9739624)

I must say again that something seems very wrong here. I have never known Dr. Sowell to write such a poorly reasoned article.

He first tells us that the Republicans ´must win´ in order to change Washington, but at the end of the article, he concludes that the Republican Party has no principles that they adhere to. He does not, however, follow through with the obvious question. If the Republican Party does not consistently adhere to known principles, why should we believe that they will ´change Washington´ if they win?

He points out that John Boehner lacks the will or the discipline to stand in front of a readily offered microphone and lay out what is wrong with various aspects of the current administration, labeling it a failure or a weakness. I notice, however, that Speaker Boehner had no such problem saying what he thought of the T.E.A. party folk, claiming that they are mislead, that they are bullies who are pushing around Congress members, and that they have lost all credibility. Rather than failure or weakness, it seems to me that the Speaker has clearly defined his enemies.

Ted Cruz may not be the answer, but he is at least trying to do something about the problem. Encouraging us to continue to embrace those whom he admits are causing the problem is not at all what I would expect from the good Doctor.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: brianod1, 2/20/2014 10:01:03 AM     (No. 9739643)

Cruz is akin to General Grant, the one we´ve been waiting for who will actually fight.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 2/20/2014 10:11:12 AM     (No. 9739670)

"Senator Cruz´s filibuster ... got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government"

You can´t be serious, Tom. Republicans would have been blamed for whatever bad happened and you know it. "Getting Republicans blamed" for something says, and means,thing in today´s political lanape.

"Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican Senators is an act of utter irresponsibility"

You must mean those Republican Senators who vote and behave no different from Democrat Senators.

You´re missing the point, Dr Tom. Cruz is going for a grand slam, not a sac bunt to move somebody over a base.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mws50, 2/20/2014 10:46:42 AM     (No. 9739727)

Senator Cruz is doing exactly what we need him to do.

The life-long republicans currently infesting our Congress have lost their way. Someone needs to kick the snot out of them and either get them back on track or get them out of our government.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: legalart, 2/20/2014 11:09:24 AM     (No. 9739764)

Must say I´m a bit shocked at Sowell´s piece, for he has one brilliant mind; but it confirms that, indeed, "all have sinned and come short of the glory..." - he hugely stepped on it this time. WHAT is the point of electing RINOs (yeah, let´s call them what they are) who spend 24/7 capitulating to the democrats and their destructive policies? WHAT is the point of having unprincipled candidates with an "R" after their name if it keeps people away from the polls because they figure their vote is useless and the results will be more of the same? Didn´t we have the "R"´s in charge during the Bush administration, which ran up the deficit sky high? If the conservatives with convictions cause Republicans to lose elections -- which is a MYTH -- and cause the Democrats to gain power, then it´s the fault of the American voter, and the republic is quite lost and gone to hell. It will never be the fault of the individual with conviction. Dr. Sowell, please dust off your Western history books over the weekend.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 2/20/2014 11:55:45 AM     (No. 9739827)

They can´t explain their positions, #11, because they don´t have a principled position. Anyone elected to national office who actually has any principles is easily capable of explaining their position clearly. When they fail to communicate, its because they don´t know what to say, or their position is really all about them and they don´t dare say so.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/20/2014 1:18:42 PM     (No. 9739961)

Can´t understand why Dr. Sowell mentions the government shutdown. I think only 80+% of the government was shut down, and most of us never noticed anything (though I realize that many were very disappointed when they were prevented from visiting war memorials).

Can only think that if government shutdown is mentioned, then Senator Cruz´s filibuster can be mentioned, and so, connect the two, and reinforce some negative image of Cruz.

I really cannot understand why the Republican Establishment is so against the man. I´ve never seen "House of Cards", but we all know the whole D.C. world is one big house cards that could collapse at any moment.

Instead of worrying about any loss of money or power, they should worry about the loss of our country and stand with Senator Cruz who, because of his dad´s experience, knows what happens when a country is lost.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 2/20/2014 1:24:26 PM     (No. 9739969)

None of us should ever forget how we cried and cursed that night in November 2012 when Ohio went for Obama.

Like many of you, I put a lot of myself into that election because we thought it would turn things around.

2012 should have taught us that the repetitive behavior of backing moderate-to-despicable candidates (e.g., Romney, McCain) characterized our insanity.

Sowell and the rest of the anti-Cruz pundits are DEAD WRONG! We have to stand for something to win. Cruz stands for something!

And it is not just Ted THE MAN who terrifies his critics. It is his heritage, his family, his Dad, and the passion he generates in a people yearning to breathe free.

They will try to destroy him to keep him from interfering with the destruction of this country. If that happens, they have destroyed all of us.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/20/2014 2:45:06 PM     (No. 9740076)

BIG, BIG, MISTAKE on my part:

Meant to say that 80+% of government was NOT shut down.

My apologies.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: OhMy, 2/20/2014 3:08:04 PM     (No. 9740113)

Sowell ends the column giving a plausible reason for Cruz popularity that he fills a void ( explaining principle ) that the republican establishment created! This is posed as an alternative to the weaker charge that Cruz is engaged in a rule-or-ruin strategy. That is a nice try, but the record of republican betrayal of principle when they did have the power is so long that the most probable conclusion now is given by Mark Levin. Rino’s are neo statists and will not reverse course. This is why they always say we have to win first then fight - which is exactly backwards. You have to fight in order to win. It is not constructive to win the republicans another chance to betray their base as Thomas Sowell is trying to do here. I am disappointed in him for these columns attacking Ted Cruz!

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their


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