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Jennifer Rubin: Don’t be a jerk, Sen. Cruz
WaPo ^ | 4-29-2013 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/30/2013 1:59:59 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Edited on 04/30/2013 2:15:53 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents. It is both self-serving (presuming principles are of no matter to opponents) and lazy in that it is always easy to say no, ridicule compromise and remain pristine rather than trying to improve legislation or introduce an alternative.


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Rubin's closing remark:

"Cruz’s actions suggest an immaturity and lack of sophistication about conservative governance. He might want to apologize to his colleagues for betraying their confidence and sit down and think what it is he wants to do in the Senate. Obstruction is easy; governance is hard. And if the answer is that only hackneyed gestures (e.g. push for repealing Obamacare with a Dem Senate majority, but offer no alternative) that interest him, then the people of Texas are being shortchanged. Worse, he’s doing nothing to suggest he’s a man of stature and future leader in the party."

Rumney-butt-licking Rubin's hurting because a few tea party senators won't toe the GOP line. We will see if Texas citizens agree with Rubin or Sen Cruz.

1 posted on 04/30/2013 1:59:59 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot
This Texas voter wants Cruz to keep on being Cruz. If I knew his boot size, I'd get him hobnail boots to trod upon the squishes toes.

/johnny

2 posted on 04/30/2013 2:03:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot

A Squish defending the Squishes. Nothing to see here, business as usual.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 2:04:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Sir Napsalot
"Cruz’s actions suggest an immaturity and lack of sophistication ....

Compared to the maturity and sophistication of the chief 'wacko bird' of the Senate eh, Jen?


4 posted on 04/30/2013 2:07:26 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Oh Jennifer, you don’t want to see my alternative legislation.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 2:08:01 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Being nice to RINOs and Democrats is a waste of time. They’ll knife you in back when it time to return the favor.

FAR better to do the right thing and mock the RINOs in front of their constituents. You won’t get good behavior from RINOs without coercion, but an angry constituency hammering them might be just the trick.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 2:08:35 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I didn’t vote for him to go along to get along.

Shove it Jenny.


7 posted on 04/30/2013 2:08:50 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350

Dittos.


8 posted on 04/30/2013 2:09:51 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

If we’d wanted a Dewhurst, we woulda sent ‘im.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 2:10:08 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: Sir Napsalot
I think Cruz went easy on them:

"We’ve had probably five or six lunches with a bunch of Republican senators standing up and looking at Rand and Mike and me and yelling at the top of their lungs — I mean really . . . And they said: ‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’ I’m not making that up. I don’t even bother to argue with them. I just sort of let them yell. . . . They said: ‘Listen, before you did this, the politics of it were great. The Democrats were the bad guys. The Republicans were the good guys. Now we all look like a bunch of squishes.’ Well there is an alternative. You could just not be a bunch of squishes."

10 posted on 04/30/2013 2:11:43 PM PDT by Jötunn
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To: txrangerette
I want Dewhurst. I just want him back on his ranch, and out of politics.

He still needs to be unseated in 2014.

/johnny

11 posted on 04/30/2013 2:12:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Senator Cruz is doing what the voters elected him to do. I realize that is novel in todays America but it is refreshing!


12 posted on 04/30/2013 2:13:29 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Sir Napsalot
It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents.

FUJR

If Congress would never pass another piece of legislation we'd all be better off.

13 posted on 04/30/2013 2:14:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Little Ray
Rome didn't build an empire by being nuanced. They pretty much killed anyone that got in the way.

/johnny

14 posted on 04/30/2013 2:14:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lakeshark

Ping for interest


15 posted on 04/30/2013 2:14:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sir Napsalot
‘Why did you do this? As a result of what you did, when I go home, my constituents are yelling at me that I’ve got to stand on principle.’

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Damn shouldn't that be the ideal all who are up there spending other people's money?

16 posted on 04/30/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by deport
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To: JRandomFreeper

You purists are just killing the GOP Johnny... ;)


17 posted on 04/30/2013 2:16:19 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sir Napsalot
I didn't vote for Cruz to represent or please his colleagues.

I voted for him to represent me and I love Cruz.

John McCain can "kiss my grits!" That's what's wrong with D.C.--too much senority.

18 posted on 04/30/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
One can only hope, Norm.

/johnny

19 posted on 04/30/2013 2:17:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot
There is being principled, and then there is being a jerk. Putting down your colleagues to boost your own street cred with the base falls into the latter category.

Oh, I see, so it's ok for an asshole like Jennifer Rubin to indulge in name-calling & sarcasm, but for Senator Cruz to call out the stupidity (ie Dianne Feinstein) or hypocrisy (Toomey, McQueeg, Rubio, Graham, etc) is somehow being unprincipled or a jerk?

You know Senator Cruz is doing something right when the partisan hack media goons need to try & defend the liberals & RINO pansies in the Senate!!!

So Jennifer Rubin, boo-hoo yourself, and how is this for being too blunt.... STFU!!!

20 posted on 04/30/2013 2:18:44 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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